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Hand Hygiene, Infection Prevention and Food Safety Blog

Avoiding Hand Sanitizer Ingestion in Children

Those who live with or work with young children are discussing a disturbing new trend of hand sanitizer consumption. A recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report  demonstrates that in many cases children are intentionally consuming hand sanitizers. In fact, 95% of the 70,669 hand sanitizer exposure cases reported to poison control centers between 2011 and 2014 were due to intentional ingestion of these products.

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Topics: Hand sanitizer, Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas, Hand hygiene for children

The Germiest Places in Shopping Malls


Depending who you ask, going to the mall is either a positive experience or a negative one for many reasons. One reason you may not have considered is that with hundreds of people walking around, touching the merchandise, eating and using the public restrooms every day, bacteria spreads easily from person to person.

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Topics: Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas

Politics and Pathogens : The Handshake

The handshake has been making global headlines yet again in the world of politics and reminding us all about the importance and challenges of this simple exchange.

This week the press is buzzing about the awkward exchange between Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Donald Trump. Before that everyone was talking about the first handshake between Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President Trump and there have been similar headlines about Trump’s handshakes with other foreign leaders.

 

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Topics: Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas, Handshake

Antibiotic Resistance: A Global Issue

Antimicrobial resistance has gained notoriety as one of the most pressing public health issues the world faces today. It is occurring everywhere in the world, compromising our ability to treat infectious diseases, as well as undermining many other advances in health and medicine.

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Topics: Anti-biotic resistant organisms, Infection Prevention in Healthcare, Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas

Bin The Bulk, It’s Safer Sealed


There used to be nothing but bulk. Whether it was public toilets or office washrooms, schools or hospitals – soap dispensers holding their product in a refillable reservoir were the only alternative to a bar of soap or a lotion from a bottle.

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Topics: sealed dispensers, Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas, Restroom hand washing

Clean Washroom – a New Year’s Resolution That Makes A Big Difference

No toilet paper, dirty surfaces, broken toilet seats – when it comes to washrooms, first impressions are everything. If even just one aspect of a facility doesn’t meet the expectations of its users, they are likely to feel negative about the environment they find themselves in. And it can be very hard to rectify this later on.

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Topics: Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas

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