Computer workstations are germ heavens

Work stations contain nearly 400 times as many microbes than lavatories, it is claimed. A desk is capable of supporting 10 million bacteria and the average office contains 20,961 germs per square inch, according to research.

Work stations contain nearly 400 times as many microbes than lavatories, it is claimed. A desk is capable of supporting 10 million bacteria and the average office contains 20,961 germs per square inch, according to research. The key offenders are telephones, which harbour up to 25,127 germs per square inch, keyboards 3,295 and computer mice 1,676. By contrast, the average toilet seat contains 49 germs per square inch, the survey showed.