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Hand Hygiene, Infection Prevention and Food Safety Blog

Is Your Workplace Making You Sick? No, Really!

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the average employed American adult spends more than 53% of their waking hours at work. That is more time spent working than eating, drinking, relaxing, spending time with others and doing household activities combined. Unfortunately, statistics also show that most work settings are hotbeds for germs and bacteria.  Implementing a solid hand hygiene program can play a key role in eliminating infection and other related workplace maladies. The following infographic from Deb addresses the scope of this problem, highlighting the price we pay for ignoring skin safety and hygiene and offering a few simple solutions to solve it.
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Topics: Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas

Low Tech But Still The Most Important: Wash Your Hands; Wash Your Hands; Wash Your Hands

The Foodservice/Hospitality Industry has benefited from advances made in Food Science and Technology.  The more sophisticated and detailed our knowledge of Foodborne illness the better we are able to prevent it.  When a Foodborne Illness Outbreak occurs we are now better able to identify the outbreak and stop it than we have been in the past.   The Foodservice/Hospitality Industry has also benefited from advances and improvements in transportation.  The world has become “flatter” allowing even small or moderate size operations to establish reliable sources of food that originate in distant parts of the world.   Advances in data management allow us to better trace, recall and retrieve items that may be contaminated, adulterated or mislabelled.

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Topics: Cross-contamination Prevention - Food Industry

Overcoming Misconceptions: How Skin Care is Becoming a Top 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

How To Heal Workers' Hands and Save Money

According to the NORA Dermal Exposure Research Program (DERP) of the National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH), more than 13 million workers in the United States are potentially exposed to chemicals that can be absorbed through the skin.1 Those hazards can cause numerous skin irritations, ranging from simple dry skin to more advanced, painful and, ultimately, costly conditions such as dermatitis.

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Topics: Occupational Skin Disease

5 Gross Hygiene Facts

 

We've come a long way in our hygiene habits since the middle ages. Back then most people believed bathing was unhealthy and since toilets didn't exist, chamber pots were just emptied out the nearest window. Thankfully the Romans were smart enough to give us soap, which can be traced back all the way to 2800 BC.
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Topics: Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas

Should You Wash Your Hands After Handling Cash?

People worry about it, marry into it, kill for it and dedicate their whole lives to accumulate as much as possible. Also considered the root of all evil, we are of course talking about money. Humans have had a strong affinity for money and its history can be traced back to over 14, 000 years ago. There are a number of myths surrounding money with the most famous being that 4 in every 5 dollar bills in the US carries traces of cocaine. The myth has found to be true, not so much because of the extent of drug taking but how residues can be spread between notes by handling, ATM and counting machines. Although the myth is true it should be noted that the quantities of the drug ranges from parts per trillion to parts per billion.

 

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Topics: Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas, Food Safety

Soap - The Magic Formula?

Hand washing is something that most of us do several times a day without a second thought. But if more people around the world adopted this simple practice, it could save 650,000 lives a year according to hygiene experts. So what makes soap and water such a magical formula?

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

Hawthorne Effect: Hand Hygiene Rates Increase Three-Fold When Auditors Visible

Hand hygiene rates were found to be three times higher when auditors were visible to healthcare workers than when there were no auditors present, according to a study in a major Canadian acute care hospital.

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Topics: Infection Prevention in Healthcare

Fist Bump or Handshake: Which is Safer?

Viewers of the game show Deal or No Deal probably remember host Howie Mandel's habit of bumping fists with contestants instead of shaking their hands. It was later revealed that Mandel preferred the fist bump because of an intense fear of germs, which was part of his obsessive-compulsive disorder. With hand hygiene compliance becoming such a critical issue in the healthcare arena, experts are considering whether Mandel was ahead of his time.

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Odd Workplace Washroom Behavior

According to a new U.S. study, "A surprising number of Americans have used their workplace washrooms for more than they were intended."

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