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Hand Hygiene, Infection Prevention and Food Safety Blog

How To Protect Cleaning Professionals From Occupational Dermatitis

Cleaning professionals are some of the unsung heroes in every company. Without them, floors would be sticky, carpets dusty, windows streaky. The dishes would pile in the kitchen sink, rubbish bins overflow. Far from the clean and tidy environments most people are used to, workplaces would be dirty or messy, perhaps even filthy.

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Topics: Dermatitis, Occupational Skin Disease, Preventing Occupational Skin Disease

Top 5 Hand Hygiene Articles in 2017 So Far...

We're half-way through 2017 which makes it the perfect time to re-visit some of the most popular hand hygiene and skin care articles of the year. We've taken the top 5 hand hygiene and skin care articles of 2017 and summarized them for you here. Drum roll please...


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Topics: Cross-contamination Prevention - Food Industry, Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas, Occupational Skin Disease

My Hands Matter – SPEAKING OUT about Occupational Skin Disorders (OSDs)

Skin issues can be present in many professions from engineers and labourers to factory workers and printers. Work-related skin problems are not a new issue; they are something which is seldom spoken about in the workplace from the employer or employee perspective. Because of this severe lack of dialogue on the issue, it has been predicted that the incidence of OSDs may be underestimated by 10 to 50 times[1].

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Topics: Industrial hand cleansing, Dermatitis, Occupational Skin Disease, Preventing Occupational Skin Disease

Talking About Skin Care Health in the Workplace

During North American Occupational Safety & Health Week from May 7th to May 13th this year, let's not forget to talk about skin care health in the workplace. There are hundreds of risks to the health and well-being of workers in North America including falls, chemical exposure, stress and physical accidents that receive a lot of attention, however the health of workers skin is overlooked.


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Topics: Occupational Skin Disease

Hand Hygiene when Being Potentially Exposed to Heavy Metal Dust

Heavy metals are natural chemical elements that can be found in rocks of the earth’s crust. Heavy metals have a long history of industrial and personal use. Although they are of natural origin, they are not harmless to human health and can cause both acute and chronic health issues. Heavy metals tend to accumulate in the body, increasing in concentration over time and becoming more toxic. A worsening medical condition due heavy metal dust exposure is often misdiagnosed at first as exposure happens over an extended period of time.

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Topics: Occupational Skin Disease

Hand Hygiene Beyond Hand Washing

No matter what the industry, chances are that your company has employees that make a living using their hands. Our hands are the connection we make with everything in our everyday lives however; it is one key element that is most likely to be overlooked when it comes to employee health and safety.


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Topics: Hand hygiene, Occupational Skin Disease

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