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Hand Hygiene, Infection Prevention and Food Safety Blog

Hand Washing Reduces Your Chance of Catching a Cold by 45%


Winter – that’s roast lunches by the open fire of a Sunday pub, snowball fights with the kids (if we’re lucky to have snow), and Christmas markets. Winter – that’s also the time of the year when many of us are especially susceptible to falling ill with colds or the flu – and, unfortunately, our workplaces are where the germs and bacteria responsible for these illnesses can spread with ease.


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Topics: Handwashing, Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas, Hand Washing Behavior

School Children Can Become ‘Hand Washing Champions’

Did you know it was recently Global Handwashing Day?


Each year on October 15th, over 200 million people in over 100 countries take part in celebrations to mark Global Handwashing Day. Once again, Deb Group was heavily involved in this day of advocacy, which promotes handwashing with soap as an easy, effective, and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives.


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Topics: Hand Washing, Handwashing, Global Handwashing Day, Hand hygiene for children, Hand Washing Behavior

Call Into Work Sick....Please!

Did you know, 90% of office workers come to work when sick. Even worse, they know their coughing and sneezing may be infecting others, but 45% said an ever-growing workload makes it necessary.

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Topics: Hand hygiene compliance, Hand Hygiene Education, Improving hand hygiene compliance, Absenteeism, Hand Hygiene Communication, Viruses, Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas, Flu Prevention, Infection prevention, Flu, Viruses of Winter, Flu Transmission, CDC, Germs in the office, Hand Washing Behavior

"Er...Doctor, Can You Please Wash Your Hands?"

When it comes to asking doctors if they’ve washed their hands, most patients are washouts.

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Topics: Hand hygiene, Hand hygiene compliance, Hand Washing, Handwashing, Hospital Acquired Infections, Infection Prevention in Healthcare, Hand Washing Behavior, Healthcare Hand Hygiene

Hand Washing: Separating the Science from the Myths

There are many old-wives tails, rumors and stories that are so ingrained that we don’t know if they are fact or fiction. The list is so long that a popular TV show called “The Myth Busters” is totally devoted to applying science to verify if myths are true or false. The show is for entertainment but it is when myths or non-substantiated knowledge, are actually applied in regulations and guidelines with the thought that someone must have done the science at some point in time. With this in mind we see the method for hand washing posted everywhere from web sites to posters above sinks. However, we rarely pause to think about the scientific evidence to support the guide on effective hand washing.

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Topics: Hand drying, Hand hygiene, Hand sanitizer, Hand Washing, Handwashing, Antibacterial soap, Air dryers, Paper towels, Keith Warriner, Hand Washing Behavior, Antibacterial hand wash, Hot water

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

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