Hand Hygiene, Infection Prevention and Food Safety Blog
The Foodservice/Hospitality Industry has benefited from advances made in Food Science and Technology. The more sophisticated and detailed our knowledge of Foodborne illness the better we are able to prevent it. When a Foodborne Illness Outbreak occurs we are now better able to identify the outbreak and stop it than we have been in the past. The Foodservice/Hospitality Industry has also benefited from advances and improvements in transportation. The world has become “flatter” allowing even small or moderate size operations to establish reliable sources of food that originate in distant parts of the world. Advances in data management allow us to better trace, recall and retrieve items that may be contaminated, adulterated or mislabelled.Read More
Industrial hand cleaners have steadily evolved since they were first introduced to the market in the 1890s. From powdered hand soap and home-brewed concoctions to the liquid plus abrasive favored today, one alarming detail remains the same. Most are still far too strong for the job. The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that occupational skin disorders such as dermatitis, which are often caused by exposure to harsh chemicals, are the most common types of workplace illnesses with estimated costs (including time away from work, reduced productivity and workers compensation claims) exceeding $1 billion annually. However, by choosing the proper hand cleansing products, occupational skin disease can significantly be reduced.Read More
Topics: Occupational Skin Disease
According to the NORA Dermal Exposure Research Program (DERP) of the National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH), more than 13 million workers in the United States are potentially exposed to chemicals that can be absorbed through the skin.1 Those hazards can cause numerous skin irritations, ranging from simple dry skin to more advanced, painful and, ultimately, costly conditions such as dermatitis.
Topics: Occupational Skin Disease
People worry about it, marry into it, kill for it and dedicate their whole lives to accumulate as much as possible. Also considered the root of all evil, we are of course talking about money. Humans have had a strong affinity for money and its history can be traced back to over 14, 000 years ago. There are a number of myths surrounding money with the most famous being that 4 in every 5 dollar bills in the US carries traces of cocaine. The myth has found to be true, not so much because of the extent of drug taking but how residues can be spread between notes by handling, ATM and counting machines. Although the myth is true it should be noted that the quantities of the drug ranges from parts per trillion to parts per billion.
Hand washing is something that most of us do several times a day without a second thought. But if more people around the world adopted this simple practice, it could save 650,000 lives a year according to hygiene experts. So what makes soap and water such a magical formula?Read More
Hand hygiene rates were found to be three times higher when auditors were visible to healthcare workers than when there were no auditors present, according to a study in a major Canadian acute care hospital.Read More
fist bump because of an intense fear of germs, which was part of his obsessive-compulsive disorder. With hand hygiene compliance becoming such a critical issue in the healthcare arena, experts are considering whether Mandel was ahead of his time.Viewers of the game show Deal or No Deal probably remember host Howie Mandel's habit of bumping fists with contestants instead of shaking their hands. It was later revealed that Mandel preferred the Read More