Hospitality & Entertainment
Hotels introduce germs to guests that they wouldn’t have come into contact with otherwise. Unfortunately, your hotel is no different with the endless coming and going of guests from all over the country and world. After a long day traveling, guests just want to relax without worrying about bacteria and viruses. Unless your hotel is in the minority, when a guest walks into their room, defenses should be up from these invisible microbes that can be a serious threat to their wellbeing. Findings presented by Scientific American at the American Society for Microbiology’s general meeting showed that approximately 81 percent of hotel room surfaces sampled held at least some fecal bacteria. While the TV remote controls were found to be the most bacteria laden, the light switch, carpet and telephone among others also had high levels of germs.
Dining at your restaurants with friends or family is part of our culture. It’s an enjoyable occasion people use to break bread and strengthen their bonds with one another. While meals shared at a restaurant are always enjoyable to your customers, it’s important to understand that there are germs that await your customers while dining out if the proper cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting procedures are not taken. A study from Cleaning & Maintenance Management showed that a restaurant menu can contain 185,000 germs per square centimeter. For reference, a public toilet has about 500-1,000 germs per square centimeter.
With guests coming from all over the world to vacation on your cruise ship, germs are bound to be introduced and shared throughout cruise travels. Professor Sanjaya Senanayake, an infectious diseases specialist at the Australian National University stated to BBC, “ In general, you’ve got passengers and crew members from different parts of the world mixing intimately and intensely.” With port stops, these people are also being introduced to whole new locations and sets of new people, all factors that can increase exposure to illness. While your guests are just looking to relax and have a good time, bacteria and viruses are silently looming in the background if the proper precautions and cleaning practices are not taken.
Nothing is more exhilarating than hitting a jackpot at the casino! While casino guests use the occasion as an outlet to relax and enjoy life, it’s important to understand that there are germs that await your guests while sitting at the poker table, or playing a slot machine if the proper cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting procedures are not taken. After testing poker chips from 5 different casinos on the Las Vegas strip, a study from a University of Nevada – Las Vegas (UNLV) microbiologist showed that a single poker chip could harbor thousands of bacteria. The most common was Staphylococcus aureus.
It’s hard to beat the excitement you provide consumers as they watch their favorite sports team, or favorite musician in concert. While arena guests use the occasion as an outlet to relax and enjoy life, it’s important to understand that there are germs that await your guests while sitting in the stands, or grabbing a hot dog, if the proper cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting procedures are not taken. According to ESPN’s Outside the Lines, about 28 percent of America’s NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL arenas incurred one or more high level health violations, the type of unsanitary conditions or omissions that can pose a risk for foodborne illness.