The ROI of Having an Effective Hand Hygiene Program at Work

We’ve all seen the signs in restaurants: “Employees must wash their hands before returning to work.” But what about other environments — especially offices and other workplaces, where most of us spend more of our waking hours than anywhere else? After all, offices, from desktops to doorknobs, are rife with the germs that make employees […]

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How to Choose the Right Soap for Your Business

With the arrival of spring comes a new challenge for business owners across the country. While it’s easy to assume cold and flu season disappears with the snow, employees and building guests are still susceptible – and carriers! – for bacteria, allergens and viruses. Studies show that the flu doesn’t just affect those left coughing […]

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Strengthening Hospital Hand Hygiene Compliance Programs

When training hospital staff, it’s easy to overlook one of the most fundamental disease prevention practices due to its simplicity. While most Americans begin learning to wash their own hands as toddlers, as adults in the health care industry, they must pay special attention to this safety precaution in an effort to protect their patients. […]

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Fist Bump vs. Hand Shake – Which is Most Hygienic?

The fist bump. Considered one of the only equal nonverbal gestures in the world, it went viral in 2008 when President Barack Obama casually fist-bumped his wife, First Lady Michelle Obama, during his presidential campaign. But along with the gesture’s novelty, fist bumps are being hailed as the cleanest of nonverbal expressions. As the public […]

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Tips for a Green and Clean Work Environment

In the past, products that thoroughly cleaned and sanitized were often considered effective and not given a lot of extra thought. But today we know better. We know that cleaning products can contain chemicals that are harmful not only to the environment, but to humans. There are more ‘green’ options available than ever before, and […]

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Hygiene Matters: A Surprising Personal Retreat

What do sleeping, eating and crying have in common? Well, what happens in the workplace washroom may be a bit more surprising than you’d think. The 2014 SCA Hygiene Matters survey revealed some interesting bathroom activities, showing that an unexpected number of Americans have used their workplace restrooms for more than their intended use. In […]

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Top Germ-Infested Public Places

The average adult can touch as many as 30 objects within a minute, and the Centers for Disease Control estimates up to 80 percent of all infections are transmitted by hands. Keeping germs at bay is no easy task, especially in heavily trafficked facilities where high-contact surfaces like doorknobs, handrails and tabletops are widespread. So […]

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Fight The Flu In The Workplace

Each fall when flu season rolls around, many people worry about their children contracting the infectious disease at school, where tiny hands, noses and mouths can go unwashed and unwiped. While children, elderly adults and people with certain health conditions are at a high risk, the truth of the matter is that seasonal flu is […]

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Two Environmental Keys to Patient Satisfaction

Since the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) – a mandated survey of patients’ perspectives of hospital care – rolled out in the last few years, patient satisfaction has taken on a whole new meaning. Care is no longer ranked solely by outcomes and expertise, but also by the experience patients and […]

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Healthcare Roundup

Educate Patients and Doctors about Hand Hygiene. It’s important that patients know how to have a conversation with their doctors and nurses about hand washing to prevent infection. Organizations must educate patients to let them know that it’s okay to hold their caretakers accountable for hand hygiene and encouraging them to ask clinicians whether they washed […]

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