Customers never order a salad with a side of norovirus, but it’s a common pairing when food service employees don’t practice proper hand hygiene. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 70 percent of reported norovirus outbreaks are caused by infected food workers contaminating food. These outbreaks can be prevented by ensuring food service workers are educated on proper hand hygiene practices, avoid touching ready-to-eat foods before serving and stay home from work when they are sick.Read More
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With each New Year comes resolutions and healthier lifestyle choices. Whether you’re planning to run regularly or incorporate more kindness into your everyday routine, there’s one simple, quick and healthy resolution everyone can make this year: improve your handwashing technique.Read More
Topics: Hand Washing
Every year 5.5 million people are affected by foodborne illnesses in the UK. A frightening statistic, which is made even more alarming when you think about how easily the pathogens responsible for foodborne illnesses are spread. Whether it’s from direct contact with other food, hands, equipment, surfaces or utensils, cross-contamination during food preparation is a significant factor associated with food-related illness.
Topics: Hand hygiene, Handwashing, Improve Hand Hygiene, UK, Food Safety Practices, Fragrance Free Skin Care, Cross-contamination Prevention - Food Industry, Foodborne Illness, Food workers, Food processing, Food Employees, Food Preparation, Food Safety, Cross Contamination, skin care, hand sanitiser
Harsh winter weather can wreak havoc on your employees’ hands. Prolonged spells of cold weather reduce the moisture in the air, which leads to a drying effect on the skin. Very frequent hand-washing can worsen the issue since washing with soap and water removes lipids and natural oils from the hands as well as germs and soils/greases. Workers in cold and freezing environments are at high risk of experiencing severe skin dryness, which is a serious issue often overlooked and can result in more advanced, painful and costly problems such as dermatitis.Read More
Topics: Dry Winter Skin
No toilet paper, dirty surfaces, broken toilet seats – when it comes to washrooms, first impressions are everything. If even just one aspect of a facility doesn’t meet the expectations of its users, they are likely to feel negative about the environment they find themselves in. And it can be very hard to rectify this later on.Read More
Another year is coming to an end and it's time to thank all our subscribers and occasional readers by sharing with you our most popular articles on hand hygiene, infection prevention and food safety from this year. We will be taking a break and returning with new exciting content and new look on January 13th.
Here are the Top 10 Hand Hygiene Articles of 2016...Read More