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Hand Hygiene, Infection Prevention and Food Safety Blog

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

5 Handy Hacks to Help You Survive Cold and Flu Season

 

Take out your sweaters and prepare for sniffles – cold and flu season is upon us. Starting in October and dragging out until May, the seasonal flu can hit at any time. In 2014-2015, Canada saw more than 43,000 cases of the flu – nearly doubling the previous year[1]. Considering that 80 percent of common infections – including the flu – can be spread through contaminated hands, there’s never a more important time to remind yourself, coworkers, family and friends the importance of hand hygiene.

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Topics: Influenza, Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas, Flu Prevention, Infection prevention, Flu

Hygiene - The Invisible Threat After Natural Disasters

Disasters happen all over the world. Different regions experience different kinds of disasters. Within the past month, the East Coast of the US, Caribbean, and Gulf of Mexico have experienced 4 major hurricanes. The official hurricane season does not end until November 30! While natural disasters can be as varied as earthquakes, tornados, hurricanes, winter storms, tsunamis, floods, etc. we do see commonalities after these events.

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Topics: Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas, Food Safety

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