October 4, 2011
Lawyers And Accountants Have The Dirtiest Desks
According to a survey by the UK office supply firm Viking, computer workers, lawyers and accountants keep the most unhygienic workspaces, but social workers were more likely to have moldy food hanging around their desks.
Viking reports that it is important for workers to keep their workspaces as germ free as possible, especially with the upcoming cold and flu season. The study found germs all over the office, from the carpet on the floor to the top of the desk. The Telegraph reports almost two-thirds of computer keyboards contained germs and some even had mold growing underneath them. The samples were taken by office workers all around the UK.
Dr. Lisa Ackerley, a chartered environmental health practitioner told the Telegraph, “This research has shown that there are some very unhygienic desks right now in the UK, which is very worrying as those who work in open-plan offices tend to start coming down with illnesses this time of year. Keeping equipment such as keyboards, phones and desks as germ-free as possible is even more important during the cold and flu season.”
According to the Viking website, some of the things you will find on your desk include skin, which is shed at a rate of about 30 to 40 thousand dead cells every minute, over 50 million dead skins daily. Another startling statistic they also found that 12% of women and 33% of men don´t wash their hands after using the restroom. This spreads E. Coli which can be spread to work surfaces and phones. Also they report about one-third of the population carries Staphylococcus aureus in their noses or throats. When somebody sneezes these germs are deposited on keyboards, and screens and phones.
These unhygienic conditions didn´t stop almost two-thirds of workers from eating at their desks and not cleaning their workstations afterward.
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