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Hand Hygiene, Infection Prevention and Food Safety Blog

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

How to Keep Hands Healthy in Winter

The incidence of dry, chapped skin rises sharply in winter due to a combination of adverse factors. Here we explain the causes of winter chapping and to provide guidance on how best to avoid it while continuing to practice good hand hygiene and cleansing.

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Topics: Occupational Skin Disease

How Skin Care is Becoming an Industry Priority

Industrial hand cleaners have steadily evolved since they were first introduced to the market in the 1890s. From powdered hand soap and home-brewed concoctions to the liquid plus abrasive favored today, one alarming detail remains the same. Most are still far too strong for the job. The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that occupational skin disorders such as dermatitis, which are often caused by exposure to harsh chemicals, are the most common types of workplace illnesses with estimated costs (including time away from work, reduced productivity and workers compensation claims) exceeding $1 billion annually. However, by choosing the proper hand cleansing products, occupational skin disease can significantly be reduced.

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Topics: Occupational Skin Disease

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