Can’t start your day without making a cup of English Breakfast?
It may be time to start bringing in your own tea bag supply rather than use what’s in the office kitchen, as a new study by the Initial Washroom Hygiene has revealed some stats that are a bit hard to stomach.
Their average bacterial reading for boxes of workplace teabags contained 17 times more bacteria than a toilet seat. The tea bag box registered at 3,785, against 220 for the toilet.
This was followed by the office kettle handle, the rim of a used mug, and the workplace fridge door handle.
It also did a poll of 1,000 office workers, and found 80 per cent did not wash their hands before making drinks for colleagues.
Dr Peter Barratt, of Initial Washroom Hygiene, said: “If you stop to think about the number of different hands that touch things such as the kettle handle, tea bag box lid, mugs, and so on, the potential for cross contamination really adds up.”
“And yet many office kitchens seem poorly equipped to offer the users access to good hand and surface hygiene.”
“Using anti-bacterial wipes on kitchen surfaces and regularly cleaning your mug can pay huge dividends in terms of maintaining a healthy workforce.”
10 office items that have a higher bacterial reading than the toilet seat
- Tea bag box/tin – 3,785
- Kettle handle – 2,483
- Rim of used mug – 1,746
- Fridge door handle – 1,592
- Sugar container – 1,406
- Kitchen tap – 1,331
- Sink surface/drying rack – 1,234
- Hot water tap – 1,160
- Kitchen top – 948
- Cutlery drawer handle – 754