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We spotlight the importance of hand hygiene to improve public health, serve as a trusted resource and raise awareness of leading-edge hand hygiene and skin health scientific advancements through the GOJO Hand Hygiene Blog.

GOJO microbiologists, scientists, nurses and communication professionals post regularly and we also get the views of outside experts and thought leaders in the field. It’s all part of the GOJO Purpose, saving lives and making lives better through well-being solutions.

Eating at Food Establishment
How Workplace and Classroom Findings Help Improve Food Safety Practices

11/8/2019

By Chip Manuel, Ph.D.

Food Safety Science Advisor

Your co-workers are always in close proximity, everyone uses the same accommodations – restrooms, breakrooms, open spaces – and you share snacks, etc., and you always seem to notice someone a little under the weather. You could say this vague description sounds like a restaurant. Maybe even an office. Or a classroom.

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Wrestlers
10 Reasons You Should Consider Upping Your Infection Prevention Game

10/31/2019

By Morgan Paris

Market Development Manager

The risk of injury during practice or games is obvious given the nature of sports, but infections aren’t always seen as being equally dangerous to an athlete’s season. Athletes can miss days or weeks with illnesses like the flu or mono, and more serious infections like MRSA have even ended careers.

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Kitchen porter washing hands
What Do Sanitarians Look for During a Health Inspection?

10/29/2019

By Suzanne Krippel

Program Manager for the Food Protection Unit at the Cuyahoga County Board of Health

Two of the most critical aspects of food protection are frequent, thorough handwashing and clean and sanitary surfaces. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has identified proper handwashing and clean and sanitary surfaces as two of the five most important risk factors related to food protection. And, oftentimes, the vast majority of foodborne illness investigations that are conducted could have been prevented by proper handwashing. So, as a sanitarian, what do I look for once I walk into a facility?

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Worker Cleaning Kitchen Surface
The Top Reasons Your Surface Sanitizing Falls Short

10/28/2019

By Chip Manuel, Ph.D.

Food Safety Science Advisor

Although the "bucket and rag” method may be the industry standard for cleaning surfaces in restaurants, if not performed properly, these techniques can be ineffective at best. Cleaning and sanitizing with reusable towels requires constant monitoring of the sanitizing solution, the surfaces being cleaned, and the towels themselves. Proper storage, laundering and disposal of towels also contribute to the success of a cleaning program – and if any of these variables fall behind, cross-contamination is a very real possibility.

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Bucket and rag
Avoiding Cross-Contamination: It’s All About the Details

10/28/2019

By Chip Manuel, Ph.D.

Food Safety Science Advisor

It’s common knowledge in the foodservice industry that cleaning and sanitizing surfaces, along with proper hand hygiene practices, is one of the best ways to prevent cross-contamination of germs in restaurants. But just because things look clean doesn’t mean they are – kitchen equipment, storage areas, countertops and even cutting boards can hide germs and food soils even after they’ve been cleaned and sanitized. And that’s bad news for your food safety program.

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