The average office desk is said to contains 400 times more germs than a toilet seat – revealing that many office workers could be at risk of sickness due to dirty desks.
Research has found that humans are the most common source of bacteria and that, compared to women, men have three to four times the number of bacteria in, on and around their desks, phones, computers, keyboards, drawers and personal items.
The computer keyboard and mouse are a common part of office life for many. Unsurprisingly, each key strike both deposits and picks up microorganisms. Studies of keyboards outside of offices has found pathogenic bacteria within hospitals, whereas within universities, multi-user keyboards have a greater range of organisms – including some gut bacteria.
It is becoming clearer that we do personalise our environment with our own microbes and can affect others in the process- so be sure to encourage hand-washing habits and sanitation in the workplace.