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Hand Hygiene, Infection Prevention and Food Safety Blog

Keeping Food Safe

Every year 5.5 million people are affected by foodborne illnesses in the UK[1]. A frightening statistic, which is made even more alarming when you think about how easily the pathogens responsible for foodborne illnesses are spread. Whether it’s from direct contact with other food, hands, equipment, surfaces or utensils, cross-contamination during food preparation is a significant factor associated with food-related illness.

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Topics: Hand hygiene, Handwashing, Improve Hand Hygiene, UK, Food Safety Practices, Fragrance Free Skin Care, Cross-contamination Prevention - Food Industry, Foodborne Illness, Food workers, Food processing, Food Employees, Food Preparation, Food Safety, Cross Contamination, skin care, hand sanitiser

Food Safety: Hand Hygiene is Key

According to the Food Standards Agency (FSA), it is estimated that up to 5.5 million people in the UK are affected by food poisoning each year¹, which costs the economy just under £1.4 billion.  The CDC estimates that each year roughly 1 in 6 Americans (or 48 million people) gets sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die of foodborne diseases.

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Topics: UK, Food Safety Practices, WHO Guidelines, Cross-contamination Prevention - Food Industry, Foodborne Illness, Food Safety

Washroom Solution; The Real Problem to Improving Hand Hygiene?

We are all aware that the HSE states that an employer has to provide “adequate toilet and washing facilities for employees”, but is your washroom provision as good as you think?

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Topics: Dry Winter Skin, Hand cleaner, Hand drying, Hand hygiene, Hand hygiene compliance, Hand Hygiene Education, Hand Hygiene Facilities and Supplies, Hand Hygiene Training & Education, Hand sanitizer, Hand Washing, Handwashing, Improve Hand Hygiene, UK, Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas

Antibacterial Soaps Cause Concern

Professional use liquid antibacterial hand washing soaps have been available for over 50 years. Their use has increased in response to public concerns over the spread of infectious diseases and the need for greater vigilance in hygienically sensitive environments, such as the food industry where raw and uncooked foods are being handled and processed.

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Topics: UK, Antibacterial soap, Antimicrobial resistance, Antimicrobial agents, Environmental toxicity, Infection Prevention in Healthcare, Cross-contamination Prevention - Food Industry, Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas, Deb UK, Antibacterial hand wash

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