Did you know that up to 30% of the population is especially sensitive to fragrances? Scents can be an asthma trigger resulting in headaches, nausea and other symptoms. People have different tolerance levels to scented products, but typically children and women and those with asthma, allergies or environmental sensitivities are generally at more risk.
So what can we do? Avoid wearing scented personal care products such as perfume, cologne, aftershave, scented lotions, creams, hairspray, mousse or gel, scented deodorant or antiperspirant. Also, use fragrance-free skin care products including cleansers and creams in your home and workplace.
A scent-free policy is one example of a workplace-wide initiative meant to minimize allergic reactions. As employers do have a duty to accommodate, it is crucial they recognize concerns amongst their staff and have a process in place to overcome any issues.
To learn more about creating a scent-free policy for your workplace, please check out the full LinkedIN article here.
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. 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. Learn more in this new blog article.
Here are some of the top hand hygiene, skin safety and infection prevention articles from Deb's blog last year. A special thanks to all our subscribers and contributors.
1. How Much Hand Soap Should You Use?
Washing with soap – not just water – is vital to proper hygiene. This is because while water is powerful at rinsing away dirt, it cannot easily remove soil or organisms that are attached to the hands. Soap is able to do this very effectively, maximizing the rinsing benefit of the water. Read more...
2. May 5th is World Hand Hygiene Day
Every year, the World Health Organization (WHO) sponsors World Hand Hygiene Day on May 5th to remind us that Clean Hands Count every day of the year…and in more ways than we think. The WHO aims to catalyze the discussion on the importance of hand hygiene in healthcare and its overall improvement worldwide by bringing people together. Read more...
3. Preventing Norovirus Outbreaks in Restaurants with Clean Hands
Customers never order a salad with a side of norovirus, but it’s a common pairing when food service employees don’t practice proper hand hygiene. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 70 percent of reported norovirus outbreaks are caused by infected food workers contaminating food. Read more...
To see the full list, please visit Deb's Hand Hygiene, Infection Prevention and Food Safety Blog.