London: Lawyers, accountants and computer professionals have the dirtiest office desks, a new study in Britain has revealed.
   
The study, based on a survey, has found that lawyers, accountants and computer professionals are among the most unhygienic office workers in the UK -- in fact, their dirty office desks are harbouring germs which can quickly spread among staff, 'The Daily Telegraph' reported.
   
The study was carried out by office supplies firm Viking in hundreds of offices across the UK.
   
Germs were found in almost two-thirds of computer keyboards, while some even had mould growing underneath. Desks and phones, the study found after analysing swabs sent in by hundreds of office workers.
   
However, just over half of office workers were not aware that bacteria could be lurking on their keyboards, phones and screens, according to the survey.
   
Viking said a "staggering" two-thirds of office workers admitted to eating lunch at their desks and not cleaning their workstation afterwards.
   
Dr Lisa Ackerley, a chartered environmental health practitioner, said, "This research has shown that there are some very unhygienic desks right now in the UK, which is very worrying as those who work in open-plan offices tend to start coming down with illnesses this time of year.”
   
"Keeping equipment such as keyboards, phones and desks as germ-free as possible is even more important during the cold and flu season."

(Agencies)