Handshakes and hygiene

22nd of December 2014
Handshakes and hygiene

Mike Sullivan, managing director of hand hygiene products supplier GOJO Industries - Europe writes his latest hand hygiene blog for the ECJ website. He discusses the potential hazards of the innocent handshake and asks whether we will all have to find a more hygienic alternative.

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Study reveals that public washrooms are less ‘germy’ than expected

19th of December 2014
Study reveals that public washrooms are less ‘germy’ than expected

Many of us are fastidious about using public toilets because we fear they may be colonised by germs of multiple users.

But a new study published online in the journal "Applied and Environmental Microbiology" has revealed that the average public washroom is no germier than our toilets at home.

Microbiologists tracked viruses and bacteria at four

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Pop-up toilet puts man in hospital

16th of December 2014
Pop-up toilet puts man in hospital

A man in Amsterdam has been injured after a pop-up public toilet emerged from the ground unexpectedly.

The toilet sent a nearby moped flying through the air and this hit the unnamed man, who was taken to hospital with injuries to his abdomen.

The incident happened on Weteringschans, a main road in Amsterdam's city centre. Some witnesses who

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‘Towels are the most germ-infested objects in your home’

12th of December 2014
‘Towels are the most germ-infested objects in your home’

Kitchen and bathroom cloths and towels could be among the most germ-ridden items in your home, experts have warned.

This is due to the fact that towels retain moisture for long periods of time - allowing the bacteria to survive - and because of where they are used.

A recent study by the University of Arizona found coliform bacteria in 89 per

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Hidden cameras reveal how little some hotel maids really clean

5th of December 2014
Hidden cameras reveal how little some hotel maids really clean

A hidden camera investigation into hotel maids discovered that many of them neglect important tasks when preparing a room for a new guest.

Maids were spotted using dirty towels from the previous guests to wipe countertops, the toilet, the bath - and even the drinking glasses.

Investigative journalists in New Jersey, US, booked rooms for two

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Hand hygiene compliance drops at the end of a healthcare shift

3rd of December 2014
Hand hygiene compliance drops at the end of a healthcare shift

Hospital workers are less likely to wash their hands towards the end of their shift, according to new research.

And the study suggests that this lack of compliance is due to fatigue from the demands of the job.

Researchers analysed three years' worth of hand washing data from more than 4,000 caregivers in 35 hospitals across the US. They

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