Are You a Member of the "Clean Desk Club"?

It is an activity that is natural for some and very difficult for others, but is something that we all should practice. What is it? It concerns how we utilize our work space while at work, and how we leave our work space when we go home for the day or week-end. Which means while at work we should be conscientious regarding sensitive electronic equipment in our work space, and we should clear our workspaces prior to leaving for the day.

A clean desk policy is usually encouraged throughout most companies. In areas of high information sensitivity, it is required. Take the following test to see if you qualify:

• Are your PCs, CDs, and diskettes kept away from magnetic devices such as radios, video screens, telephones, AC power cords, metal detectors, and paper clip holders?
• Do you avoid setting food or drinks in the immediate vicinity of your PC or magnetic media?
• Are your PC cables and power cords covered or cared for, to ensure they are not damaged or are not a hazard?
• Do you avoid taping items or using glass cleaners on the CPU monitor screen? (This could damage the antiglare coating).
• Are combustible materials, such as flammable solvents or cleaning fluids, near microcomputers stored safely?
• At the end of a working day, are all loose papers and materials removed from desks and placed in the drawers, cabinets, and lockers provided. These should be locked and the keys removed for safe keeping.
• PCs and video display units should be switched off and, if practical, these units should be locked and the keys removed. Any other power equipment that is no longer required should also be switched off.

Complying with a clean desk policy will result in a more professional looking environment, and one that better safeguards the information and equipment in our care.

Did you pass? If not, join the Clean Desk Club today!