With health and safety high on the public agenda, are companies now realising the need for computer/IT cleaning? With both health and safety and preventative maintenance in mind, should companies invest in a regular cleaning regime?
In 2002, a research team from the University of Arizona in America found that the average desk harbours 400 times more bug activating dirt than a toilet seat with bacteria levels on the typical office telephone three times higher than on the bathroom door! 60% of time off work illnesses is contracted from dirty office equipment.
Increasingly, office equipment becomes contaminated by practices such as employees eating lunch at their desks, *hot desking and poor personal hygiene. Often employees don’t clean their desk, keyboard or phones as they go, creating a breeding ground for harmful germs and bacteria. The research team in Arizona collected samples three times daily from 12 office surfaces in several locations using technology such as ultraviolet germ indicators. The study reveals that bacteria levels climb during the day, even on tidy desks suggesting that employees need to take a much more proactive approach to cleaning and hygiene on a clean as you go basis.
When someone is infected with a cold or flu bug, the surfaces they touch during the day become germ transfer points because some cold and flu viruses can survive for up to 72 hours. An office can therefore become an incubator. Because of this, office equipment should be regularly disinfected to prevent the spread of viruses and bacteria responsible for disease.
The situation is intensified in businesses that have *hot-desking policies where more than one person regularly uses a particular work site/desk. Using a phone after a colleague has sneezed or coughed into it could mean another employee is on the receiving end of their germs as pathogens in their saliva can be spread through the mucus membranes of the mouth and eyes.
Keeping workstations, monitors, keyboards, mouse, mouse mats, photocopiers, printers, fax machines, telephones and scanners clean is therefore essential to maintain good hygiene.
How can businesses justify the extra cost of an environmental cleaning programme?
Research by IBM TODAY has found that ‘downtime can cost between £50,000 and £500,000 an HOUR’. Compared to these costs, the cost of a structured environment cleaning programme is negligible.
Experience shows that a regular PC/Telephone cleaning programme can pay for itself by reducing the number of staff days lost to illness.
Staff will appreciate the cleanliness and added health and safety protection of their PC equipment and telephones. Eye strain from dirty monitor screens is reduced and the environment is a more pleasant place for both staff and visitors alike.
Protection of your investment
Organisations usually have a planned replacement program for their computer equipment. Many companies, during the austere times, have opted to hold on to their equipment for longer in order to reduce costs and have greatly benefited from computer cleaning by looking after equipment that would easily last a few more years or so.
In addition, providing regular, anti-static cleaning for computer equipment reduces downtime from hardware failure and memory loss.
For more information or to arrange your free no obligation quote please contact:Michael Collins, Chairman of HygienicIT
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