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Hand Hygiene, Infection Prevention and Food Safety Blog

Protection For Outdoor Workers From Ultraviolet (UV) Rays

How can outdoor workers stay safe in the sun?

Roofers, construction workers, gardeners; all spend the majority of their working day in the light of a silent threat to the health of their skin. Without adequate UV protection, they are putting themselves at risk.

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Topics: sun protection for outdoor workers

Understanding Hand Hygiene Compliance In Healthcare Environments

In the UK today, the threat of healthcare associated infections (HCAI’s) is alarming, with approximately 300,000[1] patients contracting an illness whilst being treated in healthcare premises. That accounts for a cost of around £1 billion (GBP) to an already financially strained National Health Services (NHS). It has also been revealed that patients are remaining in the hospital an extra 3.6 million days a year in the UK due to these infections[2]; meaning healthcare professionals have less time to focus on new admittances.

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Topics: Hospital Acquired Infections, Infection Prevention in Healthcare, WHO 5 Moments, WHO May 5th, Healthcare-Associated Infections

How Much Hand Soap Should You Use?


Washing with soap – not just water – is vital to proper hygiene. This is because while water is powerful at rinsing away dirt, it cannot easily remove soil or organisms that are attached to the hands. Soap is able to do this very effectively, maximizing the rinsing benefit of the water.

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Topics: Hand hygiene, Hand Washing, Foam Soap

The Skin Below The Glove

While gloves can be effective at improving overall occupational hand health, a comprehensive skin care programme is essential in guaranteeing healthy hands in the workplace.

 

Glove-wearers are facing constant challenges related to hand health and comfort when wearing occupational gloves, which can affect overall productivity and efficiency.

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Topics: Glove guidelines, Gloves

The Germiest Places in Shopping Malls


Depending who you ask, going to the mall is either a positive experience or a negative one for many reasons. One reason you may not have considered is that with hundreds of people walking around, touching the merchandise, eating and using the public restrooms every day, bacteria spreads easily from person to person.

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Topics: Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas

Politics and Pathogens : The Handshake

The handshake has been making global headlines yet again in the world of politics and reminding us all about the importance and challenges of this simple exchange.

This week the press is buzzing about the awkward exchange between Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Donald Trump. Before that everyone was talking about the first handshake between Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President Trump and there have been similar headlines about Trump’s handshakes with other foreign leaders.

 

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Topics: Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas, Handshake

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