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Alison Ziemianski
December 18, 2018



The end of 2018 marks the end of our sixth year publishing the Hand Hygiene and Infection Blog. Stopping to look back it was a great year and we would like to to thank all our subscribers and occasional readers by sharing with you our ten most popular articles on hand hygiene, infection prevention and food safety from 2018. We will be taking a break over the holidays to recharge and will be returning in the new year!

In case you missed them here are the Top 10 articles from  2018 ...


1. The Importance of Hand Sanitizer Placement in the Workplace


Throughout any given workday, employees use their hands to write up a report, shake hands with a new client, open doors and much more. All of these activities expose hands to harmful germs and bacteria. Illness is linked to productivity loss, costing employers $225.8 billion annually in the U.S[1]. Considering that 80 percent of all infections are transmitted by hands, it’s crucial to implement an effective hand hygiene program at work. Read more .... 


2. Safer Soap: A Look at Harmful Ingredients Found in Hand Cleansers


People often read food labels to ensure a product they’re consuming doesn’t contain harmful ingredients such as preservatives, trans fats and artificial sweeteners. But have you ever looked at the ingredients in your hand soap? Read more ...



3. The Evolution of Hand Hygiene


Hygiene has always been critical to survival. From ancient civilizations to the present day, it plays a vital role in preventing the spread of infection and disease. In the modern world, hygiene still plays a critical role in health and well-being. However, in many situations, the biggest risk is complacency.

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4. Preventing the Spread of Norovirus


Norovirus affects people worldwide. It’s responsible for 685 M cases/year of gastroenteritis in children under 5, and leads to 50,000 deaths; mainly in developing countries. It has become a serious factor that the World Health Organization ranks as #1 cause of foodborne illness, and the #4 cause of foodborne deaths. While the deaths occur mainly in developing countries, Norovirus is responsible for lost days of work and productivity. Read more ... 


5. Fact vs. Fiction: Debunking Dispenser Myths


After you use the restroom – particularly in public facilities like schools, offices, gyms and airports – you are expected to go to the sink and wash your hands. Although the routine is familiar, the type of soap dispenser typically varies from one facility to another. Some restrooms employ touchless, automatic soap dispensers while others offer a manual option, and some even have another dispenser for hand sanitizer near the exit. Read more ...


6. Open-Concept Office is a Germ's Paradise


According to the National Center for Biotechnology, occupants who work in an open-plan office have significantly more days of sickness absence than occupants in cellular offices. Absenteeism can consume as much as 22 percent of an organization’s payroll[2]. Seasonal influenza results in about three to five million cases of severe illness annually. In order to keep an open-concept office space healthy and free of germs, it’s important to enforce hygiene at all times and take precautions. Read more ...


7. 5 Skin Care Resolutions Everyone Should Make


Here are 5 easy things you can do to improve your hygiene and skin care and to help the public by reducing the spread of germs. Read more ...


8. An asset tracking solution can lead to anew standard of hand hygiene


Patient safety is paramount, however, in the UK today, approximately 300,000 patients contract a healthcare associated infection (HCAI) whilst being treated in Healthcare premises, costing the NHS £1 billion a year. Read more ...


9. The Invisible Threat Lurking Under Gloves


Many professions require personal protective equipment (PPE), like gloves, to be worn in order to prevent workers from coming in contact with hazardous chemicals, extreme temperatures and harmful germs. However, workers often remove protective gloves at the end of the day only to find their skin wasn’t protected from one of the biggest workplace threats: occupational skin disorders (OSDs). Read more ... 


10. Mind boggling facts: Why do some men avoid handwashing?

study from Michigan State University reported that only 5.3 percent of men wash their hands for the CDC-recommended 15 seconds or more after using the restroom. Even worse, many neglect to wash their hands at all. In a 2005 study by the American Society for Microbiology, it was observed that only 75% of men washed their hands after using the restroom compared to 90% of women. Read more ...



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