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CONSUMER INFORMATION

Information from The University of the Sunshine Coast Queensland

The University of the Sunshine Coast Queensland 'Health advice reguarding swine flu' recommend the use of disinfectant wipes to clean surfaces like door handles, bench tops, telephones and computer keyboards.

University research indicates that office phones and computers are contaminated with many thousands of germs. The research also concludes that by using disinfecting wipes the germs and bacteria are reduced by up to 99.9%.

Information from The University of Arizona

University of Arizona research concluded:

  • Telephones and Computers are contaminated with up to 25,123 germs per square inch.
  • Using disinfecting wipes will reduce germs and bacteria by up to 99.9%.
  • Telephones have 500 times more bacteria than the average toilet seat.

In research by Professor Charles Gerba from University of Arizona, 7000 samples of items taken from typical offices throughout the United States were analysed.

The highest form of germ contamination areas were found to be Telephones, Desktops and Keyboards. Microbiological population included:

  • E.coli,
  • Klebsiella pnemonia,
  • Streptococcus,
  • Salmonella, and,
  • Staphyloccus aureus (staph)

DID YOU KNOW...

  • "Absenteeism costs Australian businesses $7 BILLION PER YEAR"
    Source - The Age
  • Air New Zealand identified a 52% improvement in sick days lost after the introduction of a telephone/computer hygiene service.
    Source - NZ Journal of Environmental Health
  • "Warning - Office Phones May Be a Health Hazard"
    Source - The Australian
  • Sanford Microbiology Laboratory tests showed "the number of bacteria present on the mouth and earpieces ranged between 70 and 1400" and after the hygiene service; "It was found that bacteria had been completely eliminated. The telephone was very effectively sanitised, thus removing any potentially dangerous organisms from the handset".
  • "Static electricity can wreak havoc on the insides of your computer. While there is little power behind the shocks, the thousands of volts contained in these sparks can jolt the sensitive electronic components sometimes causing permanent damage."
    Source: Australian Personal Computer Magazine (March 1994)
  • "Eight out of 10 phones tested were found to harbour organisms which could cause diseases, ranging from bronchopneumonia to Scarlet Fever and Tonsillitis, seven contained Staphylococcus Aureus - better known as Golden Staph"
    Source: The Sydney Sun
  • Melbourne University tests carried out for the Melbourne Herald stated:

    "The cleanest phone tested had several hundred germs present. The dirtiest several thousand, including some which can cause pneumonia and laboratory test showed dozens of strains of various bacteria.