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Hand Hygiene, Infection Prevention and Food Safety Blog

Talking About Skin Care Health in the Workplace

During North American Occupational Safety & Health Week from May 7th to May 13th this year, let's not forget to talk about skin care health in the workplace. There are hundreds of risks to the health and well-being of workers in North America including falls, chemical exposure, stress and physical accidents that receive a lot of attention, however the health of workers skin is overlooked.

 

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Topics: Occupational Skin Disease

May 5th is World Hand Hygiene Day

Every year, the World Health Organization (WHO) sponsors World Hand Hygiene Day on May 5th to remind us that Clean Hands Count every day of the year…and in more ways than we think. The WHO aims to catalyze the discussion on the importance of hand hygiene in healthcare and its overall improvement worldwide by bringing people together.

 

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Topics: WHO May 5th

Protection For Outdoor Workers From Ultraviolet (UV) Rays

How can outdoor workers stay safe in the sun?

Roofers, construction workers, gardeners; all spend the majority of their working day in the light of a silent threat to the health of their skin. Without adequate UV protection, they are putting themselves at risk.

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Topics: sun protection for outdoor workers

Understanding Hand Hygiene Compliance In Healthcare Environments

In the UK today, the threat of healthcare associated infections (HCAI’s) is alarming, with approximately 300,000[1] patients contracting an illness whilst being treated in healthcare premises. That accounts for a cost of around £1 billion (GBP) to an already financially strained National Health Services (NHS). It has also been revealed that patients are remaining in the hospital an extra 3.6 million days a year in the UK due to these infections[2]; meaning healthcare professionals have less time to focus on new admittances.

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Topics: Hospital Acquired Infections, Infection Prevention in Healthcare, WHO 5 Moments, WHO May 5th, Healthcare-Associated Infections

How Much Hand Soap Should You Use?


Washing with soap – not just water – is vital to proper hygiene. This is because while water is powerful at rinsing away dirt, it cannot easily remove soil or organisms that are attached to the hands. Soap is able to do this very effectively, maximizing the rinsing benefit of the water.

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Topics: Hand hygiene, Hand Washing, Foam Soap

The Skin Below The Glove

While gloves can be effective at improving overall occupational hand health, a comprehensive skin care programme is essential in guaranteeing healthy hands in the workplace.

 

Glove-wearers are facing constant challenges related to hand health and comfort when wearing occupational gloves, which can affect overall productivity and efficiency.

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Topics: Glove guidelines, Gloves

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