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Shocking Fact: Your Table is Dirtier than the Toilet Seat!

Imagine the things you get in touch with each day in the office. The desk phone, your keyboard, the chair handle, photocopier or even the pantry fridge door? You think nothing of them because well, they are just essentials in an office to serve you. Nothing worth a second thought about. 

It is only when you start to realise the increasing number of staff who are on medical leave, reported flu and fever cases all over in the office. Oh no. What went wrong? Is there a flu virus going on? 

It’s not just your employees who are hard at work in the office. Germs are busy multiplying on every surface, ready to be picked up and passed on to colleagues.


3 x Facts Check 

1. The typical office workers’ hands come into contact with 10 million bacteria per day. 

2. The average desk habours a scary 10 million germs. 

3. Cross contamination and transmission of bacteria may impact absenteeism thus affecting productivity. 

Let us show you the results of a bacteria and germ tested on the various office places and everyday equipment used: 

We measure bacteria count by ATP (Adenosine triphosphate), the higher the ATP reading, the higher the risk of bacteria and sickness transmission. An ATP reading of 200 or higher is considered as high risk.

Office Hygiene ATP Reading*


*Above test carried out by Hygiene Specialist via a Structured Hygiene Survey. Book a professional survey for your office here today!

Now, let’s compare the reading on your desk versus the reading on a typical toilet seat. The bacteria count on a toilet seat is actually much lower than that tested on a table top! Indeed, results show that the offices could habour up to 600% more contaminants than on a toilet seat. Does it sound scary now? 

Office environments provide the ideal conditions for bacteria to spread and illnesses to take hold. In fact, 60% of work illnesses that result in time off sick are contracted from dirty office equipment. 

Minimising cross-contamination in a workplace pays off in a decrease in loss of productivity when employees fall sick less often. 

Office hygiene could be improved along with employee welfare in safety and hygiene in an optimal manner. This could be done by addressing the regular hotspots in an office and they are:

Reception/ Entrance

Door handles are a risk hotspot in reception and entrance areas, housing Staphylococcus Aureus, which can be transferred by surface to hand and from hand to hand. It can cause skin infections, food poisoning and respiratory diseases. Hand and surface sanitisers will kill germs and stop the spread of infection.

Work Stations/ Meeting Rooms

Door handles and desk surfaces are risk hotspots in meeting rooms, housing Rhinovirus. It is transferred from surface to hands and causes the Common Cold. Hand and surface sanitisers will stop the spread of germs.


Food preparation surfaces in kitchens can be home to pathenogenic strains of E.coli. It can be transmitted from surface to hand, hand to mouth or by infected food and can cause Gastroenteritis and urinary tract infections. Good hand washing and hand drying products will help minimise risk.

To get an analysis of an effective office hygiene reporting, consult our Initial Hygiene Experts here today. Book online!