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Dirty Dirty Keyboard

Published on September 8th 2005.

This article is absolute filth. But before you get too excited we need to establish that this is only going to be a short article, for a recent piece of research has suggested that the very keyboard im typing on has more germs and potential for spreading disease than my toilet.

Although my keyboard often looks a bit dusty, has the occasional bit of biscuit trapped between the Q and W key, a minor coffee stain from last week, I would have assumed it was still a much nicer place to tap my fingers on than the rim of the toilet seat.

Along with phones, the keyboard was identified as a mucky place to be in a piece of research by dirt boffins at the University of Arizona who found that work stations contain over 400 times more disease causing bacteria than the average toilet seat, all of which means that Manchester workers eating their lunch at their desks could end up biting off more than they can chew.

One of the main reasons for steady decline in the cleanliness of workstations is apparently due to deteriorating investment in professional cleaning services, instead relying on employees to regularly clean their desks, something a few of us might have to re-assess before carking it from skirvy.

Neal Etchells, a consultant with Professional Health and Safety Consultants, said: "One of the reasons for the decline in workplace hygiene is that many offices have cut down on professional cleaning, relying instead on employees to clean their own work areas - and it's simply not happening.

"With more workers eating lunch at their desks, it amounts to an alarming health hazard. Food left decaying on desks attracts cockroaches and other vermin, which can find their way into air conditioning systems and bring about viral diseases."

Which is nice....

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