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Hand Hygiene, Infection Prevention and Food Safety Blog

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

How to Keep your Workers' Skin Healthy

Here’s the skinny on worker skin safety: According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH), one out of every four workers is exposed to some form of skin irritant in the workplace.

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Topics: Hand hygiene, Hand Hygiene Education, Hand Washing, Glove guidelines, PPE, Gloves, Food workers, Chapped Skin, Occupational Skin Disease, Preventing Occupational Skin Disease, Chemical Hazards, Skin damage

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

Top 10 Hand Hygiene Articles

Let's kick off 2014 by taking a nostalgic look back at some of the most contagious hand hygiene articles of the past 12-months.  Of the 57 articles published in this blog in 2013, here are the top 10 ranked in popularity by number of views.

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Topics: Hand drying, Hand hygiene compliance, Hand Hygiene Education, Hand sanitizer, Hand Washing, Paper towels, Patient Safety, Glove guidelines, Infection Prevention in Healthcare, Healthcare-Associated Infections, Global Handwashing Day, Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas, Flu Prevention, Infection prevention, Germs in the office

Protective Gloves Get Used and Abused

To William S Halsted we owe a great deal, anesthesia, hospital charts, the hospital resident and last but not least, the rubber glove as we know it today.   While it is said he developed the first gloves to protect the hands of fair Caroline, his wife to be, he was no doubt the first to see some of gloves many challenges.  In both food and healthcare environments gloves can be a double edged sword, both protecting and contaminating, reducing exposures and producing exposures. This blog post will explore the glove risk paradigm in food and healthcare settings.

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Topics: Glove guidelines, Food Safety Practices, Infection Prevention in Healthcare, Cross-contamination Prevention - Food Industry, Foodborne Illness, Gloves, Food workers, Preventing Occupational Skin Disease

Hand Hygiene in Hospitals Has Gone Too Far

We’ve run amok with wearing gloves in the hospital.  And by “we” I mean every healthcare worker in sight.  I see people putting on gloves before they’ll give a patient a clean warm blanket.  This is not only ridiculous, it’s actually harmful.  Here’s why. 

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Topics: Hand hygiene compliance, Hand Hygiene Education, Glove guidelines, Infection Prevention in Healthcare

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