Color coding, matting systems, hand washing and proper training can all contribute to an effective infection control program.
We are taught from a very young age that clean hands are important; as children, we are instructed to wash them before eating, after visiting the restroom, following contact with sick individuals and any time they appear dirty.
Handwashing is the single most effective means of preventing the spread of infection, and more than 20 studies show that, on average, good hand hygiene practices can reduce illness and absence rates and the associated costs by around 40 percent.
What is your preferred method of removing moisture from your hands? If you want to elaborate on your preference, drop us a note and opine.
At the 2012 ISSA/INTERCLEAN North America trade show in Chicago, Cascades will feature their award-winning Antibacterial Paper Towels. Read about how they eliminate 99.9 percent of residual bacteria here and then visit booth 3618 to learn more.
Typically, the influenza virus begins affecting unlucky hosts in early October — around the time the leaves begin to turn colors reminiscent of summertime campfires. Although the virus generally peaks in January and continues through April, it's longevity and vehemence varies depending on which region in which you find yourself.
A critical factor in infection control is, perhaps, the most simple and most economical: Handwashing.