A new survey of desk hygiene, commissioned by office supplies firm Viking, has identified lawyers amongst the most unhygienic office workers in the UK.
Office desks, telephones and keyboards were swabbed for germs, spoiled food and mold. Lawyers, accountants and computer workers were found to have the most unhygienic work areas while social workers were most likely to have moldy, food-encrusted desks.
Said Dr Lisa Ackerley, a chartered environmental health practitioner, “This research has shown that there are some very unhygienic desks right now in the UK, which is very worrying as those who work in open-plan offices tend to start coming down with illnesses this time of year.
“Keeping equipment such as keyboards, phones and desks as germ- free as possible is even more important during the cold and flu season.”
The report also noted that UK SMEs are set to lose £3.4 billion over the next six months due to staff sickness.
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