Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Where are the most bacteria found?
Interesting question! According to a research project funded by Clorox bleach, the highest risk job for coming into contact with a lot of bacteria is a teacher!
Here is the list, going from careers with the most to least germs on workspace surfaces:
University of Arizona microbiologist Charles Gerba, PhD, and colleagues did the dirty work. The Clorox Company funded the study and reported the results. These findings are part of a large research project by Gerba on "Germs in the Workplace."
Average bacteria per square inch of workspace surfaces ranged from 17,800 for teachers to 900 for lawyers, according to the report, which doesn't specify which bacteria were found.
According to the study, desks and tables in the classroom are breeding grounds for bacteria. Keyboards and "mice" ran a close second for those nasty prokaroytes.