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Hand Hygiene, Infection Prevention and Food Safety Blog

Warning Nasty Flu Season Ahead


Reading the articles about the 2017-18 flu season, you’ll see headlines like “potential for nasty winter season”, and “why we may be in for a miserable flu season”. (I don’t think I’ve seen a “good” flu season). During every flu season there are hospitalizations and deaths that occur.  

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Topics: Influenza, Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas, flu season

The Car Interior Microbiome: Gas Station As An Infection Control Hotspot


When we get into our cars there are several things that go through our minds from the expectant traffic jams, price of gas through to if the hills of Scandinavia actually smell like the spruce tree air-freshener hanging from the mirror. What we don’t normally think about is the possibility of acquiring infectious microbes along our drive. The risk of infections increases with presence of the microbe, opportunity and exposure time. With regards the latter, if statistics are correct, we spend an average of 90 minutes in our cars each day that equates to 6 months per lifetime.

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Topics: Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas, car interiors, infection control, gas stations

Surviving Flu Season in Schools: A Teacher's Guide


As halls and classrooms flood with students and staff, a clean school can quickly transform into a breeding ground for bacteria. Whether students are sharing markers in art class or passing basketballs in the gymnasium, children’s hands pick up dangerous germs that can spread the flu, colds and other diseases. This can lead to school outbreaks and frequent absenteeism, negatively affecting student performance and a school’s reputation. 


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Topics: Hand Washing, Absenteeism, Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas, flu season, hand hygiene in schools

Why Strong Hand Cleansers Are Not Always Better

Only the strongest hand cleansers can live up to the demands of the strongest workers, right? Not exactly. 


While the toughest industrial jobs do require the toughest workers, using traditional, gritty hand cleansers that clean skin with ingredients like petroleum distillates, derivatives of crude oil and other solvents can quickly dry out and irritate hands. Hardworking hands are already at high risk of Occupational Skin Disorders (OSDs) like dermatitis due to frequent exposure to oil, grease and dust.

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Topics: Dermatitis, Occupational Skin Disease, Preventing Occupational Skin Disease

5 Ways to Break the Chain of Infection


Viral and bacterial infections threaten the health and well-being of adults and children in every environment – from highly developed, industrial nations to struggling, third-world countries. International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW), which takes place October 16-22, 2017, is a global campaign designed to zero in on healthcare’s shared mission: “Break the Chain of Infection.”

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Topics: Infection Prevention in Healthcare

How To Teach Hand Hygiene At School on Global Hand Washing Day


Each year on October 15th, over 200 million people in over 100 countries take part in celebrations to mark Global Handwashing Day. This year the theme is Our hands, our future! This theme reminds us that handwashing protects our own health, but also allows us to build our own futures, as well as those of our communities, and the world. 


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Topics: Hand Hygiene Education, Absenteeism, Global Handwashing Day, Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas, Global Hand Washing Day, Hand hygiene for children

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