Your Health Probably in Peril Due to Office Desk

by Nancy Needhima on  May 28, 2012 at 2:23 PM General Health News   - G J E 4
Office desks place workers at risk of grave illness owing to crawling germs on them, warn experts in a new study.

Workplace kitchens and break rooms are also at risk, particularly sinks where staff clean their cups and plates and also microwave door handles.
Your Health Probably in Peril Due to Office Desk
Your Health Probably in Peril Due to Office Desk

In a US study, hygienists collected nearly 5,000 swabs from buildings including law firms, insurance offices, call centres and healthcare companies. It found office workers unwittingly spread bugs around on a daily basis.

"No one can avoid it entirely," the Daily Express quoted Richard Millard, of Kimberley-Clark Professional which carried out the research, as saying.

But he added that rigorous hygiene habits and cleaning could reduce office rates of colds, flu and stomach illness by up to 80 percent.

"This demonstrates that contamination can be spread throughout the workplace when office workers heat up lunch, make coffee or simply type on their keyboards," Study consultant Charles Gerba, professor of microbiology at the University of Arizona, said.

Source: ANI

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