How often do you clean your desk at work? I mean, REALLY clean it. As in disinfect and sanitize the living hell out of it? Probably not enough if you are like me, which makes this new research even scarier. That’s because this new research reveals that the average office desk contains 400 times more germs than a toilet seat. Yeah…
And here I thought using hand dryers in the bathroom was the worst thing I could do at work. Turns out that just sitting at my desk is major health hazard.
New research shows that more than two-thirds of office workers are at risk of sickness due to dirty desks. Failing to clean them regularly with antibacterial wipes can encourage dangerous bugs to breed, such as Helicobacter pylori, Staphylococcus aureus, E-coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, to name just a few.
The average desktop harbors 20,961 germs per square inch and that’s in addition to 3,295 on the keyboard and 1,676 on a mouse and a staggering 25,127 on the phone.
Not even taking a break from your desk is safe as 2,483 germs per square inch can be found on the handle of the coffee pot in a shared office compared to just 49 found on a toilet seat. Even the tap – despite being surrounded by water – conceals 1,331 germs per square inch.
To highlight these hidden horrors, Printerland.co.uk have created new data visualizations so you can see exactly what bacteria can be found at work – and more importantly, what illnesses they cause.
Their survey of 1,000 office staff, also unveiled that only a third follow suggested guidelines about cleaning up their workplace, while a whopping one in ten NEVER clean their desks – this is despite one in five offices not hiring a professional cleaner.
People in sales and marketing were dubbed the worst for cleanliness with over a fifth admitting that they only clean their desk once a month.