UK based workplace hygiene company Initial, part of the Rentokil-Initial Group, recently published the results of an office cleaning study. Researchers swab tested a sample of communal kitchens in offices around the country. The findings give us a revealing insight into the state of Britain’s hygiene habits.
• 75% of kitchen work surfaces had more bacteria than a feminine sanitary bin.
• 50% had potentially harmful levels of coliforms – bacteria found in faeces which causes gastrointestinal disease.
• 40% of kettle handles contained more germs than the average toilet door.
• 33% of fridge door handles were seriously contaminated.
• 30% of microwave doors and buttons were riddled with germs too.
The company put it down to poor hand hygiene at work: a lack of hand washing equipment and not cleaning high-traffic areas frequently enough.