Can You Guess The Number of Germs on Your Workstation?

October 13, 2023

Can you guess the number of germs that are on ONE workstation? Ready to be shocked!


Most building owners don’t realize the number of germs that come in and out their buildings on daily bases. Sort of Stephanie would like to share these facts with you!


Studies have shown that office desks can harbor a substantial number of bacteria and other microorganisms. Here are a few noteworthy statistics:

  • Bacteria Count: On average, an office desk can contain hundreds of times more bacteria per square inch than a toilet seat. *Statistically 21,000 germs per square inch 

  • Common Germs: The most common types of bacteria found on office workstations include staphylococcus (Staph), streptococcus (Strep), E. coli, and various strains of the flu virus. *Statistically 21,000 germs per square inch 

  • Keyboard/Mouse Germs: Keyboards and mouse pointers can be particularly germ-ridden, with some studies indicating that they can have up to 20,000 times more bacteria than a toilet seat. *Statistically 4,600 germs per square inch. 

  • Telephone Germs: Office phones can also harbor a significant number of bacteria, including pathogens associated with respiratory infections. *Statistically 25,000 germs per square inch 

Personal items like cell phones, bags, and purses that come in contact with the desk surface can introduce additional germs.


It’s important to note that these statistics may vary depending on factors such as cleaning practices, employee hygiene habits, and office policies. Regular cleaning and disinfection, along with promoting good hygiene practices among employees, can help reduce the microbial load and create a healthier workspace.