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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), auto service technicians and mechanics are significantly more likely than the average worker to be injured or killed on the job. Nearly 45 percent of these injuries and illnesses are due to contact with objects and equipment, such as parts, materials, tools and vehicles themselves. Though contact injuries may be the most prevalent, they are not the only type of occupational hazards that automotive workers face. Other illnesses and injuries include overexertion, falls, strains, sprains and exposure to harmful chemicals.

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Topics: Preventing Occupational Skin Disease

Top 5 Hand Hygiene Articles So Far in 2015

Now that summer is here; it's a great chance to recap some of the most contagious hand hygiene blog articles so far this year.  Of the 24 articles featured to date in 2015, here are the top 5 ranked in popularity by the number of views.

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Topics: Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas

Summer is Peak Season for Foodborne Illness

Hot summer days mean we like to spend more time together and outside enjoying the sunshine. Often we find ourselves congregating in outdoor venues packed with people and where a wide selection of food is served such as barbecues, picnics, patios and outdoor festivals. Many of us spend little time thinking about how our food is being stored, prepared and handled in these situations, let alone what the hand hygiene practices are of those serving it. Consider however, that foodborne illness or “food poisoning” peaks in the summer and events like these that combine heat, crowds and food, can be breeding ground for foodborne pathogens.

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Topics: Cross-contamination Prevention - Food Industry

How Many Hands Will You Shake in Your Lifetime?

According to a new U.K. study, you will shake 15,000 hands in your lifetime.  Now consider the fact that 1 in 5 people don't wash their hands and of those that do only 30% use soap.  In fact, only about 5% of people wash their hands correctly. 

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Creative Campaigns Can Improve Hand Hygiene Compliance

Hand cleaning is the single most effective way to control the spread of disease, so it makes sense that proper education is a key priority for healthcare facilities. Given the patient safety implications, lack of proper hand hygiene compliance should not be tolerated.

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Topics: Infection Prevention in Healthcare

75% of People Prefer Paper Towels to Hot Air Dryers!

 We surveyed more than 3,500 people and asked them which is the best hand drying method in public washrooms - paper towels or hot air dryers?  Since writing this article, 75% of the votes were in favor of paper towels, and we received hundreds of comments debating the advantages and disadvantages of each method. 

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Topics: Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas

Would You Give Up the Bar of Soap in Your Hotel Room?

Did you know that 1.5 million bars of soap are discarded every day from hotel rooms across the United States?  Unfortunately, the same problem exists for those small bottles of half empty shampoo, conditioner, body wash and lotions.

 

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Topics: Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas

Sun Protection: A Universal Perspective

As part of its commitment to skin care and protecting workers worldwide, every year Deb launches its annual Sun Protection for Outdoor Workers Campaign, focusing on the prevalence of skin cancer amongst outdoor workers and highlighting the importance of sun protection in the workplace. The prevalence of skin cancer is on the rise and not just in the U.S. and North America, but worldwide. The World Health Organization has confirmed that the incidence of both non-melanoma and melanoma skin cancers has been increasing over the past several decades. Currently, between 2 and 3 million skin cancers occur globally each year. One in every three cancers diagnosed is a skin cancer, and more than 65,000 people worldwide die from melanoma each year.  Additionally, skin cancer accounts for nearly 50% of all cancers combined. 1

 

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Topics: Sun Protection

Hand Hygiene: Your Entrance Door to Safer, More Effective Interdisciplinary Care

May 5 is the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) annual Save Lives: Clean Your Hands Day. It’s a time for healthcare professionals to reflect on the impact of hand hygiene compliance on care quality and outcomes. This year’s theme as designated by the WHO is: Strengthening healthcare systems and delivery – hand hygiene is your entrance door.

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Topics: Infection Prevention in Healthcare, WHO May 5th

Illness Prevention in Schools - Why Perfect Attendance Awards Are Not So Perfect

On any given week day, approximately 55 million students and 7 million staff members flock to school buildings across the country. We hope that all students and staff members arrive happy, healthy and ready for learning. But what if they are not?

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Topics: Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas

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