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How clean is your desk?


We all spend a lot of time at our desks from first thing in the morning right through to the end of the working day. Some even have their breaks and lunch at the desk with food getting in between the computer keys and it is not easy to get cleaned after that. Germs actually multiply at an incredible rate on our desks and some desks have actually more bacteria than the toilet seat in offices.


We cannot get infections (or extremely rare) from a toilet seat but we can from our desk which does seem unbelievable. Toilets and wash hand basins get cleaned at least once a day and maybe more often.


How often does your desk get cleaned?  We all spend a lot of time at our desks from first thing in the morning right through to the end of the working day. Some even have their breaks and lunch at the desk with food getting in between the computer keys and it is not easy to get cleaned after that. Germs actually multiply at an incredible rate on our desks and some desks have actually more bacteria than the toilet seat in offices.


We cannot get infections (or extremely rare) from a toilet seat but we can from our desk which does seem unbelievable. Toilets and wash hand basins get cleaned at least once a day and maybe more often. How often does your desk get cleaned?


The telephone can harbour a lot of bacteria especially if you are eating and drinking whilst speaking on the phone. Get a packet of disinfectant wipes and give a clean to your handset and the base of the phone, the whole desk, your computer and if you use a mouse that also. Try and clean on a regular basis (unless you are in the fortunate position of someone cleaning it for you).


Other areas which harbour bacteria are photocopiers, printers, door handles and push buttons. Make sure that these are cleaned on a regular basis and this can be part of a health and wellbeing initiative within your workplace.


This in turn will lead to you being healthier and those around having a cleaner and healthier environment.   


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