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Marken Chemicals Helping to reduce risk of seasonal cross infection

22 November 2016

It is that time of year again, where has this year gone? We are rapidly approaching Christmas and everyone is thinking about presents, trees and parties and now more than ever, we need to be thinking about surface contamination cross infection.

When we think about it, most of us are aware that hand washing is the single most effective way to prevent the spread of infection. Germs, viruses, and bacteria are spread so easily by casually touching another person. Germs are also spread when our hands come into contact with contaminated objects and surfaces and then touching our face, mouth, eyes or nose. Marken Chemicals have a good range of sanitising products to suit every situation and budget, including dual purpose hand and hard surface alcohol wipes, to reduce the spread of infection associated with in-efficient hand washing.

Good hand washing techniques include using an adequate amount of soap, rubbing the hands together to create friction, and rinsing under cold running water. Gloves help to protect our hands but they are not a substitute for hand washing. When soap and water is not available, we can use waterless hand sanitising products. Some of these products are made of ethyl alcohol mixed with emollients, (skin softeners), and other agents. These are available as a rinse, gel, or as wipes. The wipes would be the most effective option when hands are heavily contaminated. These wipes are not only cost effective, but effective even on heavily contaminated hands and hard surfaces.”

It doesn’t hurt to remind people how easily germs and infection can be spread and how a simple act can prevent this.

When should I wash my hands? Different situations where people can pick up ‘germs’ include:
•    when hands are visibly soiled,
•    after using the toilet facilities,
•    nappy changing,  
•    after blowing your nose or sneezing into your hands
•    before and after eating, handling food, drinking or smoking
•    after touching raw meat, poultry, or fish
•    visiting or caring for sick people
•    handling pets and other animals
•    after handling any type of waste

Ensuring that employees/customers and others wash their hands properly after using the toilet facilities on your premises is very important in reducing gastrointestinal infections.

For effective hand washing, follow these steps:
•    remove rings
•    use warm water and wet your hands thoroughly
•    use soap and lather well
•    scrub your hands, between your fingers and wrists
•    scrub under your nails
•    rinse thoroughly
•    turn off the taps with a paper towel
•    dry your hands with a single use towel or air dryer
•    protect your hands from touching dirty surfaces as you leave the toilet          facilities

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