The study also reveals another common, yet scary bacterium, namely yellow staphylococci. This bacteria is the main cause of skin infections, and usually comes into the body via a wound. At EVO Fitness, yellow staphylococci are both on a weight bar, exercise mat and a strengthening device for the arms. At Fresh Fitness we find the same bacteria on a manual and a kettle bell. One dirty hand is enough to contaminate a device with bacteria, but Lingaas nevertheless believes that this indicates poor hygiene. “In such places, you really expect it to be clean,” he points out.
Hadn’t been washed in a month
The restrooms in the centers have also been investigated. A special cream that is only visible in ultra-violet light, was applied to several commonly used touch points in the bathroom. A month later, the UV light shows a lot of cream residue, especially on the side of the flusher and on the soap dispenser. At SATS ELIXIA, one of the light switches wasn’t cleaned for that whole month. “Here it’s obviously not cleaned as it should be,” said Egil Lingaas to TV 2. He thinks it’s serious because toilets are places where bacteria and viruses are exchanged.
Dirty shower floor
The shower floors in the changing rooms have been examined with an apparatus that measures the amount of micro-organisms, and also here there are disappointing results: The most unclean measurement was done off the shower floor in the girls’ changing room at the ELIXIA Ryen. The device shows 646,271, which indicates a lot of micro-organisms on the floor. “This is not clean,” said Lingaas. Also at Fresh Fitness and EVO Fitness we gained values over 100,000. The limit for a clean floor is only 1,000.