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Hand Hygiene, Infection Prevention and Food Safety Blog

The Importance of Hand Hygiene at Home and School

 

Infectious diseases continue to be a health challenge and economic burden within our communities.  Though effective hand hygiene education is critical, there has been a steady decline in hygiene promotion, especially in the home.

 

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Topics: Hand Hygiene Education, Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas

How To Implement A Skin Care Program In Your Workplace

 

 

It’s not hard to see why hand hygiene in the workplace is so important: we use our hands to carry out most tasks during the working day. At the same time, they are responsible for transmitting 80% of infections. To reduce the spread of germs and bacteria in their workplaces, health and safety managers need to take the provision of handwashing opportunities seriously.

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Topics: Hand Washing, Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas, Occupational Skin Disease, Preventing Occupational Skin Disease

What Do Brown M&Ms & Hygiene Have in Common?


Have you ever heard the one about the rock band Van Halen and the brown M&Ms?

 

Sure these guys are classic rock icons now, but that infamous reputation didn’t just happen by accident.  Most people who have heard about the brown M&Ms think it’s just another story of rock excess, when in fact it’s a great example of using counter intuitive thinking to solve a problem.

 

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Topics: Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas

Salmonella - What You Need To Know

 

“Stop hugging, snuggling, and kissing chickens”. Yes, you read that correctly. It is advice from the CDC directly in response to the U.S. outbreak of human Salmonellosis linked to keeping live poultry in backyard flocks. This current outbreak has hit 48 states, and infected at least 790 people thus far. It began in January 2017 and is still ongoing. 

 

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Topics: Cross-contamination Prevention - Food Industry, Foodborne Illness, Food Preparation, Food Safety

How To Get Better Hand Hygiene For Care Homes

Hand hygiene in care homes is not always what it ought to be: evidence cited by the Department of Health suggests that many care workers do not always decontaminate their hands when required – or that they do not always use the correct technique. According to the Care Quality Commission, some studies now suggest that the number of infections in care homes may be comparable to those in hospitals as a result[1].

 

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Topics: Hand Washing, Long Term Care, Healthcare Hand Hygiene

Age Increases Your Risk of Foodborne Illness

A quick disclaimer – foodborne illness does not discriminate based on age.  Unfortunately, however, getting older can make you more susceptible to foodborne illness, according to the findings of a new study.

 

Getting older is not easy for many people.  Some do it gracefully, some do not care about it at all, and some are always striving to live in the past.  Whether you are a millennial, generation x or a baby boomer, you are not immune to the risk of foodborne illness.  Some new research from Michigan State University, however, has found a link between getting older and the increased risk of foodborne illness.

 

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Topics: Food Safety Practices, Cross-contamination Prevention - Food Industry, Foodborne Illness, Food Preparation, Food Safety

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