New study finds office kitchens and computer keyboards are ‘crawling with bacteria’

If you thought the toilet facilities were the epicentre of workplace germs you don’t want to know about the kitchens and computer keyboards.

The place where staff eat and prepare their lunch topped the list of office germ ‘hot-spots’ with sink and microwave door handles found to be the dirtiest surfaces touched by office staff on a daily basis followed by computer keyboards.

A survey carried out nearly 5,000 individual swabs from office buildings housing more than 3,000 employees. The participating office buildings represented a broad cross-section of office ‘types’, including manufacturing facilities, law firms, insurance companies, healthcare companies and call centres.

The percentage of the office surfaces tested and found to have high levels of contamination includes:

75% of break room sink handles, 48% of microwave door handles, 27% of keyboards, 26% of refrigerator door handles, 23% of water fountain buttons, 21% of vending machine buttons.

The results reinforce the crucial role of contract cleaners, whose services go a long way in successfully disinfecting office common areas at the end of every day.

 

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