Is Your Job Germy?


Did you know that the average toilet seat is 400 times cleaner than your desk? Or that there are over 10 million germs on the average desktop?

But how can that be, when either you or someone else is cleaning your desk every day?

For starters, workers who diligently wipe down their desktops are essentially just giving germs a free ride, says Dr. Charles Gerba -- aka "Dr. Germ -- a microbiologist at the University of Arizona, who conducted a study on germs in the workplace. Instead, you have to kill them on the spot using a disinfectant or sanitizer.

Workers are also spending more time at their desks. According to a recent survey by the American Dietician Association, 57 percent of workers snack at their desks at least once a day. More than 75 percent of workers "only occasionally" clean their desks before eating and 20 percent never do.