10 Million – That’s about how many Canadians (age 15 & older) did not wash their hands today after using the washroom. While 92% of us say we believe it’s important to wash our hands – 34% of us don’t even bother. For context, consider that the average person urinates about seven times per day – we’ll skip over the fecal-oral transmission issue for now.
14 Million – That’s about how many Canadians did wash their hands after using the washroom today – except they didn’t bother to use soap. In fact, washing with soap – not just water – is vital to proper hygiene. While water is powerful at rinsing away dirt, it cannot easily remove soil or organisms that are attached to the hands. Soap can do this effectively, maximizing the rinsing benefit of the water. Also, drying your hands with a cloth or paper towel is very important for additional bacterial removal.
Help make hand hygiene contagious for all Canadians by liking and sharing this recent LinkedIN article. Thanks for spreading the infection control message and not germs.
A network of environmental health specialist and epidemiologists at US federal and state health agencies conducted a study on food handlers to help understand the underlying causes of foodborne illness.
The results indicated that risky food preparation practices were more common than you might think. For example, results show that food handlers:
• 23% did not always wash their hands frequently or adequately enough.
• 60% did not always wear gloves while touching ready-to-eat (RTE) food.
• 33% did not change gloves between handling raw meant and RTE food.
• 5% had worked while sick with vomiting and diarrhea.
Read the full article at the following link and get tips to help educate food workers about food safety best practice including hand hygiene.
In Canada, the Labour Code states that every employer shall ensure that the health and safety at work of every person employed by the employer are protected. Addressing sun safety is an essential part of this. The Canada Occupational Health and Safety Regulations are governed by the Labour Code and state the employers must provide skin protection to their employees: Skin Protection 12.9.
When it comes to health in the workplace, prevention is far better than cure. The most effective way for employers to protect employees from contracting skin cancer is to provide sun safety measures in the workplace. Implementing a comprehensive sun protection program, which includes a range of simple protective measures, can prevent sun-related injuries and reduce the suffering and costs associated with skin cancer – including reduced productivity.
Get the sun safety facts and download resources to help educate and protect your workforce from UV exposure to the sun.