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Does Hand Sanitizer Kill Viruses? What Else is it Effective Against?

Does Hand Sanitizer Kill Viruses? What Else is it Effective Against?

Is hand sanitiser effective? The question is on everyone’s minds while we each do our part to overcome Covid-19. When asking ‘does hand sanitiser work?’ the answer depends on what you’re trying to achieve. For many people, the primary objective of using hand gel is to prevent cross-contamination of the Covid-19 virus. The truth is that hand sanitiser is highly effective at killing bacteria, fungi, and other viruses too.

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How to Use a Non-Contact Infrared Thermometer

How to Use a Non-Contact Infrared Thermometer

Non-contact thermometers have become an essential component of an infection control plan for many businesses. But lack of knowledge about how to use an infrared thermometer with a laser pointer correctly could mean you’re recording temperatures wrong, making your efforts futile.

Follow this guide, or show it to your staff, for how to use a non-contact forehead thermometer correctly.

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Common Infrared Thermometer Uses

Common Infrared Thermometer Uses

The infrared thermometer has all but replaced the probe and strip thermometers as a significantly more hygienic, accurate, and adaptable alternative. Sometimes called a laser thermometer or contactless thermometer, an infrared (IR) thermometer scans sections of an object with a laser to determine its ambient temperature.

The fact that infrared thermometers do not require any physical contact makes them handy for busy doctors and nurses. There is no need to sterilise between uses or use disposable probe covers. The usability of contactless thermometers is also helpful when trying to take temperature readings in hard to reach areas. So, many engineers and catering professionals use laser thermometers to measure the temperature of equipment and produce.

So, what is an infrared thermometer used for in different industries? In this article, we’ll cover the most common uses for infrared thermometers.

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Are Infrared Thermometers Safe?

Are Infrared Thermometers Safe?

Following the surge in contactless thermometer use, some people have taken to social media to state their belief that infrared thermometers can be harmful to the people they are pointed at. One video post on Facebook depicts a conversation between a mother and dental receptionist where the mother raises concerns about what the laser thermometer will do to her children, in particular, the pineal glands in their brains.

In fact, there’s nothing dangerous about using an infrared (IR) thermometer at all, as debunked by Full Fact. We’ll explain why infrared thermometers aren’t dangerous in this article.

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A Guide to Disposable Face Mask Use

A Guide to Disposable Face Mask Use

In 2021, we’ve become accustomed to checking our bags for our face masks or grabbing one before leaving the house in the morning, and with good reason. Face masks have been scientifically proven to stem the spread of Covid-19 by reducing the number of infectious moisture droplets transmitted between people through coughing, sneezing, talking, and exhaling. 

In a study published by Scientific Reports, participants wearing a surgical mask or KN95 mask were found to emit 60% fewer airborne particles than those who didn’t wear one. Wearing a mask is proven to reduce particle transmission, but in order to achieve the most effective protection, different types of masks are required in different situations. 

In this article, we’ll explain what different types of masks are used for, and what harmful materials masks can protect against.

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Back to school: Infection prevention and control in childcare & education settings

Back to school: Infection prevention and control in childcare & education settings

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the roadmap out of lockdown on Monday 22nd February 2021. Step 1 of the plan included that all pupils will return to school from Monday 8th March 2021, this is welcome news for many students who have not attended school physically since the UK was put into lockdown on January 5th.

This article explores how students and staff can keep safe when schools return, with infection prevention and control measures.

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Norovirus

Norovirus - How to prevent the spread of infection

In the media we often hear about Norovirus outbreaks in hotels, restaurants, cruise ships, schools and hospitals. It's commonly known as the “Winter vomiting virus” or the “Cruise ship bug”. However, what we may not appreciate is that the Norovirus is thought to account for up to 50% of worldwide foodborne gastroenteritis, making it a global public health concern.

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