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Bacteria in the Workplace Reaches Alarming Levels

University of Arizona study indicates the average personal office plays host to more bacteria than the average toilet seat.

Somerville, NJ (June 10, 2004) – The next time you sit down at your desk you may want to think twice about touching anything. The tools that are essential to everyday business operations have become breeding grounds for millions of spores of potential illness causing bacteria. Shockingly, according to a study conducted by Dr. Charles Gerba, a virologist / microbiologist with the University of Arizona, some of the most commonly used objects in a typical office environment are home to more germs and bacteria than the average toilet seat – often hundreds of times more bacteria!

For a healthy workplace, individuals and businesses alike can turn to Falcon Safety Products and its Dust-Off® brand of computer / personal electronics cleaning products for all of their cleaning needs. Dust-Off® comprises an extensive line of cleaning products, including compressed-gas dusters and an EPA approved, disinfecting, pre-moistened phone wipe, to help protect and prevent the spread of bacteria and maintain common office equipment. One simple use of the Dust-Off® Phone Wipes can essentially rid any surface of bacteria and germs, and continued use can prevent any inherent spread.

The Dust-Off® compressed-gas duster gives the user the ability to clean the hard to reach places of the office, primarily the keyboard, where food particles from desktop eating build up and bacteria and germs feed. When combined in the fight for a healthy workplace, Dust-Off® Phone Wipes and compressed-gas dusters are the essential tools to promote the healthy workplace that office professionals deserve.

“This study further underscores the dramatic need for a solution to the problem of less than sanitary workplace conditions,” said Ken Newman, Product Manager of Computer and Office Brands for Falcon. “We are proud to offer a distinct line of products under the Dust-Off® brand, that represents exactly that solution, as they are specially geared towards keeping a clean, healthy and productive environment,” concluded Newman.

The study, conducted from over 7,000 samples, from numerous offices throughout the United States, pinpointed the most unsanitary areas of the average office. In terms of germs per square inch, the top four, in order of most defiled, is the phone, 25,127, the desktop, with 20,961, the keyboard, with 3,295, and mouse, with 1,676. Most surprising in regards to the study, is that the toilet seat, thought of having the most bacteria, was found to be exceptionally clean with only 49 germs per square inch. It is quite disturbing to know that the phone you hold to your ear contains 500 times as much bacteria as the toilet seat.

Continued, daily exposure to bacteria of this magnitude will undoubtedly have an effect on productivity and performance as potential illnesses, such as the flu, can easily spread in environments found in the offices sampled in the study.

Founded in 1953, Falcon Safety Products, Inc. is a privately held corporation headquartered in Central New Jersey. A world leader in compressed-gas technology, Falcon manufactures a diverse line of products including the Dust-Off® brand of computer / personal electronics cleaning products and signal horns for the marine, sport and safety markets. For additional information, please contact Falcon Safety Products, Inc. at 908-707-4900 or visit

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