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Hand hygiene is one of the pillars of infection control. It was recognised as far back as the nineteenth century as essential to prevent spread of infections in hospitals – even before it was understood that...

Washing hands with soap and water is recognised as the most effective way to clean hands of dirt and infectious microorganisms. In healthcare settings it has been regarded as one of the most important components of...

Hand hygiene has never been more important. Washing hands with soap and water regularly throughout the day will reduce the risk of catching or spreading viruses. According to World Health Organization (WHO), the provision of safe water,...

The World Health Organization says that the most important action we can take during the coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic is to wash hands frequently to remove any viruses that may be on them. Washing hands is the...

When it’s suggested that someone has dirty washroom habits, you might not immediately think about their hands. However, I would suggest that perhaps that is exactly what you should think about. The ‘sneeze effect’ is what...

Food-borne disease is a major international health issue which is caused by the transfer of harmful bacteria through cross-contamination. The World Health Organisation (WHO) revealed that 600 million people from around the world are affected by...

Food handling gloves can play a huge role in the avoidance of cross-contamination in the food industry. However, there is clear evidence to suggest that gloves in food processing and other areas of the food industry do...

Food handlers’ hygiene practices and behaviours are some of the most important factors in preventing foodborne diseases and cross-contamination, in fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 80 percent of all infections are transmitted by hands....

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has described food contamination and food-borne diseases as an increasingly global threat to the health and wellbeing of millions of people every year. As a matter of fact, the WHO revealed...

According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), around 40% of foodborne illnesses are transmitted via germs on our hands. Moreover, a staggering 80% of communicable diseases are transferred by touch alone. When done...

As I mentioned in my previous blog post, there are many ways that sports activities can make people catch infections, from the close living conditions and physical contacts with other people and the environment, from both...

Summertime marks the start of festival season. I‘m sure many of you have just got back from one or are about to embark on either a weekend full of music camping in a field or spending...

As I was searching the internet, educating myself further on hygiene, I came across an interesting video from Mashable (see below) about how dirty your mobile phone is compared to other items found around your home...

The famous handshake used throughout the western world to greet someone. I don‘t know about you, but I cannot count a number of times I have shaken someone’s hand. Whether it‘s a friend, relative or colleague, I‘ve...

Although a shocking headline, recent research by Initial Hygiene revealed that up to 43% of school children are intentionally not drinking water to avoid using the toilet. The number one cause for this appears to be...

This summer of sport has highlighted the importance of marginal gains to elite athletes with hundredths of a second making the difference between winning and losing. Ensuring the athletes are physically 100% is, of course, the...

On 11 January 2020, health authorities in China reported that a 61-year-old man from Wuhan had died from a new type of coronavirus. Many feared an outbreak similar to that of SARS in 2002, including government advisors....