Sharon Reid


For a brief moment I was known as ‘anti-bac’ at work, due to my penchant for zealously wiping down my desk, phone and computer with anti-bacterial wipes. My cleaning frenzy was triggered after finding out that more bacteria lives on the average office keyboard than on toilet seats!* I don’t think that my cleaning obsession is unwarranted, studies have found that numerous bacteria** thrive in the office, amongst the most common are: Salmonella, Norovirus, and Staphylococus Aureus, to name but a disgusting few.

According to Dr Lisa Ackerley,*** hygiene expert and visiting professor at the University of Salford, the amount of sick days taken by office workers could be reduced if companies implement a better cleaning routine.

A study carried out by Dr Ackerley found that the main cause of germs at your desk is poor personal hygiene, with nearly 50% of office workers responding to a survey stating that they do not wash their hands after going to the toilet.

Your hands and the surfaces you touch, including your office chair are germ motorways. Crumbs and spills encourage the growth of bacteria that can lead to stomach bugs, coughs, flu and even food poisoning. Bacteria and viruses that you bring back from the toilet multiply on the hard work surfaces of your desk and chair and remain infectious for 24 hours.

However, the bacteria battle can be won by following the infographic below supplied by Kit Out My Office, one of the UK’s largest office furniture manufacturers.

Infographic supplied by