Have you noticed there are different warning symbols for a cleaning product under your bathroom sink vs. an industry cleaner in your workplace? Both symbols may look similar; for example, think of the skull and cross bones image:
Call it a sign of the times. As face mask use has increased so have skin problems, such as acne and breakouts, related to mask use. Although face masks are vital to the fight against spreading coronavirus, masks can be hard on your skin. Skin problems related to masks range from acne and peeling skin to rashes and itchiness.
Government regulations require a limited labeling of cleaning products that kill bacteria, viruses, or mold. Only the active ingredient chemicals in sanitizers, disinfectants, and fungicides have to be listed on the product label.
People are often under the impression that something needs to smell “clean” for it to be clean. But this is not true. We have been taught this through marketing and perceptions we have picked up since childhood. It is easy to understand why because scented products are everywhere in our daily lives.
What is the difference between cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting?
Cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting are routine tasks these days; part of a collective strategy to prevent the spread of infectious diseases like
All Provincial and Territorial Health and Safety Codes across Canada set out rules for employers to assess all current and potential hazards at the workplace. Harmful substances are part of this category of potential hazards which includes anything that may create or currently creates a danger including a chemical or a biological hazard if a worker can be exposed.
Did You Know There Is An ISO Standard For Occupational Health and Safety?
ISO 45001 is an ISO standard for management systems of Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S). The purpose of ISO 45001 is to reduce occupational injuries and diseases, including the promotion and protection of physical and mental health.
COVID-19 has caused an increase in the use of PPE (personal protective equipment); an emerging issue of PPE-related skin issues has also increased. The Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Care (NSWOCC) recently published a report on Prevention and Management of Skin Damage Related to Person
You are likely washing your hands more than ever these days as a precaution against COVID-19. But ironically by over-washing our hands we can actually be introducing a new hazard by removing natural emollients, increasing dryness, and introducing cracks into our skin giving bacteria a path of entry into our
Skin tissue is frequently exposed to various irritating substances in the workplace, particularly for wet work (work involving wet hands or hand washing), which can lead to the development of occupational contact dermatitis.
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