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Telephones (Disinfection)

Volume 236: debated on Monday 17 March 1930

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asked the Postmaster-General if his attention has been called to the danger, according to medical opinion, of disease caused by germs lodged in telephone mouthpieces; and if his officers are considering any device to overcome this danger?

The view of the Post Office—based on competent medical opinion—is that the danger of infection from the use of telephones is negligible, although it is recognised that comfort and the general amenities demand that telephones should be kept reasonably clean. This is usually effected by subscribers themselves. So far as public Call Offices are concerned, it is the practice to disinfect the mouthpieces and earpieces at regular intervals, the frequency depending on the use made of the Call Office.