Infection Control & First Aid Blog

Are You prepared for a medical emergency?

[fa icon="calendar'] 7/9/20 9:00 AM / by Megan Malke posted in Compliance, First Aid

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According to the National Safety Council, every 7 seconds, a workplace injury occurs. Is your facility correctly prepared to handle a workplace injury? Do you have a first aid kit? If so, do your employees know where it's located? How can Safetec help you prepare and respond?

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What is infectious disease?

[fa icon="calendar'] 6/25/20 9:00 AM / by Megan Malke posted in Infection Control, Flu Prevention, Disease

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To fully appreciate the access to vaccines and understand the importance of infection control as we know it today, we need to take a trip back in time, to 1861, when Louis Pasteur published his germ theory, which proved that bacteria caused diseases. Pasteur's work was then expanded upon by Robert Koch, who began to isolate the specific bacteria that caused certain diseases, such as TB and cholera. Before the development of the germ theory, people did not understand the need for hygiene and sterilization. Illnesses spread, unintentionally, through contamination.

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Feeling Quarantine Fatigue? Here's how to cope

[fa icon="calendar'] 6/18/20 9:00 AM / by Megan Malke posted in COVID-19

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After months of quarantine and lock down, a combination of warmer weather and the gradual reopening of the economy has more Americans abandoning the #StayHome movement and venturing out for the first time since mid-March. Most of us know social distancing is essential. But a collective desire to get back to work and some sense of normalcy has some of us breaking the pandemic rules. Whether it’s quarantine fatigue or economic panic setting in, it has people starting to buck the guidelines. After all, staying home is stressful, boring, and for many, financially devastating.

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Building a safety culture: Benefits and strategies

[fa icon="calendar'] 6/11/20 9:00 AM / by Megan Malke posted in Safety

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While this is a stressful period for all of us, safety has never been more critical. No organization wants on the job injuries, but what can you do about it? Safety culture is having a bit of a revolution right now, and it’s having a significant impact on workplace injury and overall wellness of employees. Having a strong safety culture promotes more than safety; studies have shown that a positive safety culture also benefits worker confidence, retention, and productivity. In short, safety is good for business.

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Prepare for additional waves of COVID-19

[fa icon="calendar'] 6/4/20 9:05 AM / by Megan Malke posted in Flu Prevention, Disinfectant, Coronavirus, COVID-19

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As summer approaches and most cities begin to reopen businesses, there is a shift in our collective spirits. While we are hoping to be on the other side of the Coronavirus pandemic, we need to prepare mentally and physically for a second wave. The biggest takeaway from the COVID-19 pandemic: the importance of having your facility (and home) equipped with the correct health and safety supplies for any emergency. With no clear end in sight, it is important now more than ever that employers make emergency preparedness a critical part of everyday business.

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Give your first aid kit check up

[fa icon="calendar'] 5/28/20 9:00 AM / by Megan Malke posted in First Aid, Safety, Sunscreen

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With summer finally in sight and business starting to reopen, now is the best time to give your first aid kit a checkup. Minor injuries haven't exactly been top of mind amid the Coronavirus Pandemic, but it's essential to prepare with a properly stocked first aid kit.

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Fighting infection risks with solidifier

[fa icon="calendar'] 5/21/20 9:00 AM / by Megan Malke posted in Red Z, Green-Z, Healthcare-associated infections, Operating Room Efficiency

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The field of infection control never stays static for too long. New threats are sure to emerge, new guidelines, technology advances, and revised protocol continues to further the field. Fluid medical waste safety hasn’t exactly been at the forefront of infection control in recent years …except for here at Safetec, where we continue to develop and manufacture variations of fluid medical waste solidifier.

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Elevate safety culture with off-the-job safety programs

[fa icon="calendar'] 5/14/20 9:00 AM / by Megan Malke posted in Safety, Worker Safety, Travel, Health, Personal Care, Promotional Kits, Private Label, occupational health & safety

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By now, almost all organizations should have a safety program in place to ensure a safe and healthy work environment for their employees. While these procedures look good on paper, if they are not integrated into daily operations and consistently reinforced, then they are likely to be ineffective. How can an organization keep safety top of mind? By developing a safety culture.

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Bloodborne Pathogens: The hidden hazards in non-healthcare settings

[fa icon="calendar'] 5/7/20 9:00 AM / by Megan Malke posted in OSHA, Workplace Injuries, Standards & Compliance, Compliance, First Aid, Bloodborne Pathogens Standard, Worker Safety, Universal Precaution, Healthcare-associated infections, Health, Cleaning, Hepatitis A, Disease, Schools, HIV

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It’s easy enough to determine the potential exposure in a healthcare or laboratory setting. While it’s unlikely that exposure to blood occurs regularly in a non-healthcare setting, there is still a potential for occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens.

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COVID-19 Cleaning: Do’s and Don'ts of Surface Disinfecting

[fa icon="calendar'] 4/30/20 9:00 AM / by Megan Malke posted in Infection Prevention, Disinfectant, Surface, Germs, Health, Cleaning, Virus, SaniZide Pro 1, Coronavirus, Wuhan Coronavirus, COVID-19

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As we continue to face the global Coronavirus pandemic, we find ourselves taking the task of cleaning and disinfecting to new heights. With good reason, COVID-19 is easily transmissible through touching infected surfaces in addition to human-to-human transmission.

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