HR Strange But True!
February 16, 2006

Joke all you want about the law business being a dirty one, but attorneys' offices are much cleaner than those of many other professions, according to a study led by the University of Arizona's Charles Gerba for the Clorox Company.

The researchers collected samples in the fall 2005 from private offices and cubicles in office buildings located in Tucson, AZ and Washington, DC. They tested a total of 616 surfaces and analyzed samples at the University of Arizona laboratories.

The researchers found the phones, desks, and keyboards regularly used by teachers, accountants, and bankers had much more bacteria per square inch than other professions. The bacteria levels in accountants' offices were nearly seven times higher than in lawyers' offices.

Phones ranked as the top home for office germs, followed by desks, keyboards, and computer mice.

Overall, the presence of bacteria on office surfaces has decreased since the researchers began tracking germs in the workplace in 2002, according to Gerba.

The researchers ranked a number of professions from the most germy to the least germy.

  1. Teacher
  2. Accountant
  3. Banker
  4. Radio DJ
  5. Doctor
  6. Television Producer
  7. Consultant
  8. Publicist
  9. Lawyer

Source: The Clorox Company

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