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Hand Hygiene, Infection Prevention and Food Safety Blog

Skin Care To Keep Hands Healthy This Winter

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.

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Topics: Dry Winter Skin

What Happens When Our Skin Fails Us?

One would think that taking care of our skin should be no big deal, that our skin will undergo a never-ending series of rebirths no matter how we treat it. In fact we replace our skin at the rate of one complete outer skin every 27 days.  This means that we will go through about 1,000 new skins in a lifetime.

 

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Topics: Dry Winter Skin, Hand hygiene, Hand hygiene compliance, Hand Hygiene Education, Hand Hygiene Training & Education, Hand sanitizer, Hand Washing, Hand Washing Behavior, Antibacterial hand wash, Gloves, Washing and drying, Food workers, Food processing, Food Employees, Food Preparation, Dermatitis, Chapped Skin, Barry Michaels, Healthcare Hand Hygiene, Occupational Skin Disease, Preventing Occupational Skin Disease, Chemical Hazards, Outdoor workers, Skin cancer, Skin damage, Ultraviolet radiation, Industrial Soap, Hot water

Stick it to skin disease: Tips for protection against hazards

Skin diseases are one of the most common forms of occupational diseases in the U.S. Working skin is exposed to a multitude of harmful chemical, physical and mechanical hazards, and it is vital to take effective measures to protect skin when it is likely to come into contact with cooling lubricants, grease, oil, acids and caustic solutions, detergents, cleaning agents, solvents, metallic dust and UV radiation.

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Topics: Dry Winter Skin, Hand hygiene, Industrial hand cleansing, Personal Protective Equipment, Skin Irritations, Dermatitis, Chapped Skin, Occupational Skin Disease, Preventing Occupational Skin Disease, Skin damage, Industrial Soap, Hot water

Washroom Solution; The Real Problem to Improving Hand Hygiene?

We are all aware that the HSE states that an employer has to provide “adequate toilet and washing facilities for employees”, but is your washroom provision as good as you think?

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Topics: Dry Winter Skin, Hand cleaner, Hand drying, Hand hygiene, Hand hygiene compliance, Hand Hygiene Education, Hand Hygiene Facilities and Supplies, Hand Hygiene Training & Education, Hand sanitizer, Hand Washing, Handwashing, Improve Hand Hygiene, UK, Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas

Dry Winter Skin

The skin is the largest organ of the body and comes with a complete set of defense mechanisms designed to prevent irritation. Because of its external location however, the skin is exposed to a wide variety of environmental conditions, some of which eventually break down those defense mechanisms and produce skin irritations or dermatitis

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Topics: Dry Winter Skin, Skin Irritations, Dermatitis, Chapped Skin, Preventing Occupational Skin Disease

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