'Workstations dirtier than toilets’ [19-08-2011]
US Health Expert lifts the lid on ‘bacterial nightmare’ A Health Expert in the US has claimed that many toilets are cleaner than computer workstations. A study by University of Arizona Microbiologist Chuck Gerba demonstrated that the average workstation has 400 times more bacteria than the average toilet.
According to Gerba, office restrooms had the lowest levels of germs of all of the surfaces he tested, but some of the office workstations he looked at were bacterial nightmares. The telephone is the worst offender with the highest bacteria counts, closely followed by the desktop itself and the computer keyboard. Most workstations are hardly ever cleaned, and Gerba said that they can “sustain millions of bacteria that could potentially cause illness”.
A media research company in New York mailed a questionnaire to hundreds of service technicians in the manufacturing and service industries. The survey of 188 technicians, revealed that 86% of the computers and peripherals that failed could have been prevented by regular preventive maintenance. The majority of computer service technicians interviewed felt that regular cleaning could have prevented 78% of the service calls.
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