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Survey reveals culture of poor workplace hygiene

January 04, 2010
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LONDON — A recent survey of 1,000 workers revealed that two out of every five organizations have cut back on office cleaning because of the worldwide recession, according to a press release.

The survey, conducted by the GB Group, reveals a culture of dangerously poor hygiene in workplaces, which can lead to the spread of bacteria and add to the costly problem of absenteeism, the release stated.

Ten percent of those polled described their office toilets as "filthy," one-quarter claimed that their colleagues did not clean after themselves and over one-third complained that poor hygiene was making their work environment unsafe, the release noted.

Chairman of the British Cleaning Council Steve Wright said: ''''These results show how staff are reacting against measures by their employers which negatively impact their health and decrease the quality of their workplace environment. Legally, employers have a basic responsibility to provide their staff with a safe workplace and too many firms are falling short of this. We need to see businesses match the importance their workers clearly place on cleaning and hygiene."

Half of all respondents said they were embarrassed about clients or customers visiting their office because of a lack of cleanliness, the release added.

Chief Executive of the Cleaning and Support Services Association Andrew Large said: "The downturn has been tough on all industries, but this is no excuse to cut corners on hygiene. Not only can such practices have serious repercussions on people''s health, but they are extremely counter-productive: Sub-standard cleaning increases the cost of absence through sickness and harms the image of a business at precisely the time when they should be doing everything to attract new customers."

Click here to read the complete release.

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