On a day like today when people are making last minute dinner plans, the use of cell phones and people’s desire to be constantly connected to their phone may be exemplified. In addition to the possibility of cell phones being fomites when allowed in laboratories, the distraction factor is also a concern.
Not only are there the risks associated with people walking around with their eyes on their phone versus in front of them, but there is also the risk of people being distracted by their phone even when it is not physically present. Rushing is a major cause of incidents, accidents, and near misses, and wondering about the text messages piling up on a phone can certainly cause someone to rush.
As much as possible, consider discussing cell phone distractions with lab employees and certainly consider developing a policy on fomites to avoid potential exposures.