Some companies have clean desk policy as a part of an overall company security strategy. Clean desk policy mandate employees to organize their desks. It is a fact that keeping desks clear of clutter prevent the theft of sensitive information, or gaining access to a desktop because a carelessly left out paper note has a password written on it.
However, companies miss is to implement cleaning and sanitizing desk policy. The average desk contains 400 times more germs than a toilet seat, new research has revealed. More than two thirds of office workers are at risk of sickness due to dirty desks, computers, and phones.
Failing to clean regularly with antibacterial wipes can encourage dangerous bugs to breed, such as Helicobacter pylori, Staphylococcus aureus, E-coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, to name a few. Work kitchens were no better, as 2,483 germs per square inch were found on the handle of the kitchen kettle in a shared office compared to just 49 found on a toilet seat.
To highlight these, Printerland.co.uk have created new visualizations of bacteria at work. Their survey of 1,000 office staff, also unveiled that only a third follow suggested guidelines about cleaning up their workplace, while one in 10 never clean their desks.
With respect to recent public health issues in regards to Covid-19, it is more important than ever to implement an effective cleaning system at work pleases.