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Hand Hygiene, Infection Prevention and Food Safety Blog

On Global Handwashing Day, make hands clean, not contagious!

October 15th is Global Handwashing Day, a day that was originally created for children and schools, but can be celebrated by anyone promoting handwashing with soap. Each year, over 200 million people are involved in celebrations in over 100 countries around the world. However, Global Handwashing has since expanded to include everyone, including all types of workplaces where hand hygiene continues to be a priority.

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Topics: Hand hygiene, Hand hygiene compliance, Hand Hygiene Education, Handwashing, Improve Hand Hygiene, Hand Washing Efficacy, Absenteeism, Hand Hygiene Communication, Hand Hygiene Efficacy, Infection Prevention in Healthcare, Global Handwashing Day, Handwashing promotion, Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas, Hand Washing Posters, Global Hand Washing Day, Bacteria, Germs in the office, Hand hygiene for children, Hand Washing Behavior, Cross Contamination

Clean Hands. Contaminated Clothing.

In his white lab coat and favorite striped tie, the hospital physician looked like the epitome of the consummate, caring professional. Moreover, he had just meticulously scrubbed his hands with an alcohol-based sanitizer before approaching his bedridden patient. Bending over to examine her, his tie fell loose, and he deftly tucked it back into his coat. At that moment, his hands went from clean to contaminated.

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Topics: Uniforms, Canadian Journal of Infection Control, S. aureus, Wound Pathogen, Hospital Acquired Infections, Infection Prevention in Healthcare, Bacteria

The Dirt on Air-Travel : Bacteria On Plane Surfaces

Air-travel can be a trying and nerve-wrecking experience for most. Thoughts run through our minds like - Will my flight be delayed? Will my baggage arrive? Who will I sit beside? But let's consider something you may have not thought about, another reason that air-travel might pose risks to our health – aside from just your nerves. You might be carrying something off the plane – other than your carry-on. Something you certainly didn’t want or expect after your business trip or family vacation.

 

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Topics: Hand hygiene, Hand sanitizer, Contaminated surface, Air-travel, Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas, Bacteria, Restroom hand washing

Handwashing, Soap and Gloves: Food Safety in your Restaurant

There are about a million different kinds of hand soap available on the market. Okay, that might be a bit of an exaggeration, but I say that with a point in mind. There are a lot of hand-cleaning options available, and they still might not be the best choice in preventing the spread of germs and bacteria in your restaurant. This might come as a bit of a surprise considering how often we write about handwashing as the top way to prevent the spread of germs and reduce cross-contamination. I still stand by that, but with asterisks

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Topics: Hand hygiene, Hand Washing, Handwashing, Glove guidelines, Food Safety Practices, germs, Cross-contamination Prevention - Food Industry, Bacteria, CDC, Foodborne Illness, Gloves, Food workers, Food processing, Food Employees, Food Preparation, Food Safety, Cross Contamination

The Food Service Industry Can Help Prevent Norovirus Outbreaks

Most norovirus outbreaks from contaminated  food occur in food service settings, according to a Vital Signs report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Infected food  workers are frequently the source of these outbreaks, often by touching  ready-to-eat foods served in restaurants with their bare hands. The food  service industry can help prevent norovirus outbreaks by enforcing food safety  practices, such as making sure workers always practice good hand hygiene on the  job and stay home when they are sick.  

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Topics: Hand hygiene, Hand hygiene compliance, Hand Hygiene Education, Hand Hygiene Training & Education, Hand Washing, Handwashing, Improve Hand Hygiene, Antibacterial soap, Hand Washing Efficacy, Hygiene practices, Food Safety Practices, Bacterial transmission, germs, Viruses, Gastrointestinal Infections, Cross-contamination Prevention - Food Industry, Bacteria, CDC, Norovirus, Foodborne Illness, Hand Washing Behavior, Hand washing compliance, Antibacterial hand wash, Food workers, Food processing, Food Employees, Food Preparation, Food Safety, Cross Contamination

Sneezes Are Travelling Germ Clouds

Do you assume you are safe from your colleague’s germs just because you are out of the “splatter zone”? Do you avoid the sneezing person in the office thinking if you don’t go near them, you will be okay?

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Topics: Hand hygiene, Hand hygiene compliance, Hand Hygiene Training & Education, Hand sanitizer, Hand Washing, Handwashing, Airborne Flu Viruses, Contaminated surface, Bacterial transmission, germs, sneeze cloud, sneeze, Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas, Infection prevention, Bacteria, Germs in the office

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