Thursday, May 01, 2008

Can shedworking improve your health?

Following the scare story earlier in the week about shedworking, it's good to hear an opposing voice from the clever folk at Which?. In their new study - which reveals that some keyboards in traditional offices contain up to five times the bacteria of a lavatory seat, 150 times the recommended limit of bacteria (I never knew there was such a thing) - researchers found germs which could cause various nasty things including diarrhoea and other stomach upsets. The report suggests crumbs from your lunch and not washing your hands after powdering your nose are the main culprits and revealed that 10% of people never cleaned their keyboard and 20% never cleaned their mouse. I particularly like Which? Computing editor Sarah Kidner's comment:
"Most people don’t give much thought to the grime that builds up on their PC but if you don’t clean your computer you might as well eat your lunch off the toilet."
Which suggests regular wiping with a soft, lightly dampened, lint-free cloth plus disinfecting the whole shebang with alcohol wipes.

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