Desk Sharing, Germ Sharing?

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Germs are everywhere. It is a fact of life. Although not all germs are bad, they can thrive on lots of different surfaces, including desks. According to research carried out by Dr Charles Gerba from the University of Arizona office workers’ hands come into contact with 10 million bacteria a day!

A study by Lancaster University and Elise Insurance found that 72% of people surveyed reported that they still go to work if they are feeling unwell. Whilst not all bacteria are harmful the nature of the modern office environment means that they are shared spaces, more people are ‘hot-desking’ and sharing desks than ever before. Does this mean we are sharing germs as well as desks?

Dr Charles Gerba pointed out that desks are one of the worst germ traps and crumbs which accumulate from snacking and eating lunch at our desks are the perfect environment for bacteria and fungi to thrive!

According to research by 2015, 37.2% of the workforce is predicted to be working in a mobile manner. One of the most common ways for germs to spread is through person to person contact such as by touching hands, sneezing or coughing. With research carried out in America suggesting that 39% of people don’t wash their hands after sneezing, coughing or blowing their nose it is easy to see how germs can spread. They can also be spread through indirect contact, if someone touches an object such as a door handle germs can linger on the object for another person to pick up later on.

Steelcase have released their Ology range which is designed to try and combat the spread of germs in the workspace. It is one of the first products to come with the option of antimicrobial bactoblock technology. This new technology uses ionic silver to inhibit the growth of bacteria as well as other moulds and fungus.

Steve Sanders, General Manager of Steelcase said, “By reducing germs on surfaces, antimicrobials can create more health-conscious environments.”

Steve Sanders, General Manager of Steelcase said, “By reducing germs on surfaces, antimicrobials can create more health-conscious environments.”

The antimicrobial technology can be added to surface areas on the desk that are frequently touched including the work surface edge, power and data access points.

With more of us sharing office spaces and moving around the office during the day trying to reduce the spread of germs in an office environment is becoming increasingly important. If you want to find out more about the unique Steelcase Ology range or our office fit-out service please get in touch.

Posted December 2, 2014

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