Your desk is your home away from home, you spend up to 75% of your working week sitting at it, you may even eat your meals there, but is it clean? According to Professor Charles Gerba the answer is no. (You can go and wash your hands before reading the rest of this if you like…)
Desk equipment that isn’t regularly cleaned harbour millions of potentially harmful bacteria. According to Gerba’s study the main offender is the phone; this seemingly innocent device can be home to more than 25,127 microbes per square inch – which get transferred to your face every time you use it. (To give some perspective, the average toilet seat harbours 49 microbes per square inch…)
How does this happen?
Food crumbs, hair and unseen debris like skin cells build up at your workstation which support mini eco-systems, encouraging bacteria to thrive.
The warmth that electronic devices generate provides the perfect breeding ground for bacteria, meaning without regular and thorough disinfecting, these surfaces can encourage growth of bacteria such as MRSA, Listeria, Salmonella and E-Coli.
Gerba’s study concluded that viruses had a 40-90% chance of infecting another person in an office environment due to the ease in which bacteria is transferred in communal areas.
See our infographic below for some facts based on Gerba’s study:
Can’t get the thought of breeding bacteria out of your head? Never fear; Gerba’s study also concluded that proper and regular sanitising of all IT equipment reduced the levels of bacteria by 99%!