If you play on your phone when you go to the loo at work, we've got bad news for you

Who doesn't love a loo break at work? It's the perfect opportunity to catch up on the world of social media, or try to get to the next level on Pokemon Go (if you're one of the few who actually still plays that).

But concerns have been raised about germs being spread in the office after a study showed workers use their phones, or even eat food, while on the toilet.

man on the phone on the toilet
Don't be this guy (Ljupco/Thinkstock)

A survey of 1,000 employees found that a third make calls or play games on their phone, while one in 12 has something to eat or drink when they head to the bog.

Initial Washroom Hygiene said its research revealed that two out of five office workers swerved shaking hands with a colleague who'd just left the washroom - though the study, which was done to mark Global Handwashing Day, did find that most people do wash their hands after going to the loo.

a phone resting on the edge of the toilet
Leave the phone at your desk in future (Manuel Faba Ortega/Thinkstock)

Dr Peter Barratt, of Initial Washroom Hygiene, said: "As we approach the winter months when norovirus outbreaks and flu pandemics tend to occur, it's even more important that people remain vigilant with their hand hygiene. Employers have an important role to play in supporting their workers' hand hygiene and good health.

"Simple initiatives like notices reminding workers to wash, dry and sanitise their hands after visiting the washroom, before eating and when hot-desking, as well as discouraging the use of mobile phones in the washroom, can make a huge difference."

Scrolling Instagram can wait guys, it's not worth it.

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