Hand hygiene in the workplace

Hand Hygiene is the single most important factor in reducing the spread of infections

Everyone has germs. Infection control in the workplace begins by assuming that everyone is potentially infectious. Our bodies are covered with germs that actually help us stay healthy. In addition to the germs that are usually present on our skin, we also pick up germs from contact with other people or objects in our surroundings. These germs are easy to pick up and transfer. In this way, they can cause you, or others, to get sick. Although people usually think that germs are spread through the air, the fact is that germs are most easily spread through hand contact.

Infection is caused by pathogens (‘bugs’) such as bacteria, viruses, protozoa or fungi getting into or onto the body. It can take some time before the microbes multiply enough to trigger symptoms of illness, which means an infected person may unwittingly be spreading the disease during this incubation period.

When should you use antibacterial hand rubs?

If you have contact with contaminated objects in the environment e.g. dirty tissues/nappies, shopping trolley handles, when handling coins, phones, keyboards or shaking hands.

Before and after you contact anyone who is sick

For routine cleaning of hands anytime they are visibly clean

Whenever you want to decontaminate your hands

Hand Facts: 

95% Of People Don’t Wash Their Hands Correctly After Using The Bathroom – eeew!

So how should we wash our hands?

1. Wet hands in clean running water

2. Apply soap

3. Rub hands together to lather soap, not forgetting your nails, thumbs, the back of your hands and between fingers

4. Continue rubbing for at least 20 seconds

5. Rinse in clean running water

6. Dry with clean cloth or paper towel

To find out more about hand hygiene go to:

Hand Hygiene Australia

Better Health Vic

Holiday safety – alcohol, driving and empty homes

Leaving Home for the holidays

  • house-insurance-419058_640Ensure the house is securely locked, including windows usually left open
  • Cancel newspapers and redirect your mail or have it collected by a friend
  • Put pets into a boarding kennel or have friends visit them often
  • Tell neighbours or friends who can check on the house, you are away and whom will be at the house legitimately – e.g. gardeners, pet minders
  • Secure your garage or, if unable – move items such as bikes inside the house
  • Consider security devices, including light timers etc.
  • Do not leave cash in the house and locate jewellery in a safe place
  • Ensure your lawn is cut, the property tidy and stop all deliveries
  • Avoid leaving the answering machine on and turn the phone volume down

Young people and alcohol

Young people and particularly those under the age of 18 are vulnerable to the damaging effects of alcohol.cocktail-594173__180

  • In Australia alcohol is a key factor in the three leading causes of death among adolescents; unintentional injury, homicide and suicide.
  • Over one in five (22%) of all hospitalisations of young people aged 15-24 years old are alcohol related.
  • Of all those hospitalised, 30% of young men and 23% of young women are hospitalised because of an alcohol related assault.

As well as the serious and obvious health consequences of underage drinking, alcohol places the drinker and those around them at considerable risk of harm. Alcohol use, particularly excessive use can increase young people’s risk of becoming a victim and / or an offender of alcohol related crime, often violent crime such as sexual assault, physical assault, robbery, driving accidents, violence and antisocial behaviour offences.

Driving distractions and crash risk

Distractions that divert attention from driving increase your risk of crashing.

automobile-160339__180Recent research suggests that at least 14 per cent of all crashes involve the driver being distracted by something inside or outside the vehicle. As many as one in ten fatalities have been directly attributed to driver distraction. Yet even though surveys have indicated that 98 per cent of people believe that using a mobile phone while driving, for example, is very dangerous, 28 per cent of people admit to doing it themselves.

Typically, the two biggest distractions inside the vehicle are other passengers and adjusting the sound system. Research has also shown that drivers using mobile phones and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) while driving are also much more likely to be involved in crashes. Text entry into a GPS unit while driving can be extremely dangerous. Sending and receiving text messages on a mobile phone while driving is also extremely dangerous, and is also illegal.

9 Tips for spring allergies

 images (45)Whilst many of us are enjoying the spring blooms and the sweet smell of flower perfume in the air, there are those that are cringing and reaching for the antihistamines.

Here are some tips to make this season a little more enjoyable..


Tip 1: Check the pollen countdownload (17)

Pollen is invisible to the naked eye. But you don’t need to see it to feel its effects! Once pollen reaches your nose and throat, it can trigger an allergic reaction if you are the sensitive type. Being aware of the pollen count in your area means you can plan your outdoor activities around high count days where possible.

It’s easy enough to check the pollen count in your locale, for example this website:

Australia Pollen Count


Tip 2: Stay Indoors When Pollen Counts Are High

When pollen counts are high, shut the windows and use the air conditioner if it is hot.

Pollens are often heaviest when the weather is nicest, avoid sleeping with the windows open.


Tip 3: Pollination Times

It’s best to avoid the outdoors during high pollen counts, but that’s not always practical.

Most plants pollinate from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m., so if you are outside at these times, for example going for a jog, you pick up the pollen on your hair, face, and clothes. It is best to avoid this time period.


Tip 4: Windy days

Windy days can be worse than calm days as windy days stir the pollen around. Try to arrange indoor activities on windy days.


images (47)Tip 5: Don’t be too quick to blame the dog

If a dog is outdoors, he’s a pollen-carrier, too. Often people blame the dog for an allergy, and it might actually be the pollen on the pet. If you bring your dog inside, rinse him off or brush him before coming into the house.


Tip 6: Wear a mask in the garden

If you are the one who has to do the yard work, wearing a mask is a good idea. They don’t look fashionable, but It’s not a social occasion.


Tip 7: Medicate before you leave the house

Take your allergy medicines before you go outside. People often wait until they are miserable and then take it. 


Tip 8: Don’t bring it inside with you

As soon as you arrive home, even if you’ve just been in the backyard, change your clothes and take a shower to rid your body of as much pollen as possible. Don’t forget your hair, especially if it is long.


Tip 9: Don’t overuse nasal sprays

Beware of overusing decongestant nasal sprays. Using decongestant sprays for more than three days in a row can lead to a “rebound” effect. Your allergy symptoms may become worse than before you started the medicine.



Be Safe In the Water This Summer

Be ready to protect your family when summer returns

  • Over 10% of drownings involved alcohol, and in most of these cases the alcohol readings were extremely high. Don’t mix Alcohol and water. (Except in a glass!)
  • Young children can be especially vulnerable if they don’t know water safety rules appropriate for their age. Always supervise children around water.
  • Don’t think experience makes you safe. In 2011, people over 55 accounted for 37% of the drowning deaths. Key things you can do include improving overall fitness and swimming skills, and increasing awareness of the impact of medication and pre-existing illnesses on your ability to stay safe
  • Even if you are an experienced swimmer have a buddy system when you are swimming, fishing and boating so there is someone to help should something go wrong.

Be ready to help.

Now is the the time to learn the skills you need to be able to save someone. CPR is a key skill you need around the water. Take some time over winter to attend a CPR or first aid course and be ready to help your friends and family when they need it.

At Medilife, we can help you find the right course to meet you needs. Just call us on 1300 130 385 and let our friendly team help.

Will Fear Paralyse You?

Have you ever seen someone in of need help?

For most of us it’s natural to be a little “freaked out” when we see someone in need of help. Instant and fleeting thoughts may be “It’s not my problem” or “I hope someone knows what to do, because I’m not sure!”

After all, it’s not something we’ve been planning for and it’s not something we wish on anyone.

The important thing is not necessarily what our first reaction is, but how we manage that reaction and what we do next. Even when there is additional help around it’s important that we are ready to do what we can. Why is that?


Kids Triple Zero Challenge

As a part of the Primary action plan, SEND FOR HELP, is a vital step and one that kids can learn to complete from an early age.  To help kids learn about what to do, the federal government prepared the Triple Zero Kids Challenge.

The site takes kids through a series of fun activities that teach them important skills such as:

  • How to speak to the 000 operator
  • How to help the operator identify where you are, even if you don’t know the exact location.
  • How to escape a fire in your home.

This a great activity to work through with your kids.  There is even a parent and teachers guide to help you help your kids get the most our of the challenge.


When Should We Start Teaching Our Kids Life Saving Skills?

Even the youngest members of the family need to be prepared for emergency situations. Like the rest of us, young children need skills that are appropriate to their situation.

A 5 year old may not be strong enough to perform CPR, but what can they learn?

More than you may think …

Even 5 year olds can perform first aid!


Footy First Aid – Also Good for All Sports First Aiders!

It’s hard to believe but Footy season is nearly here again already.  No matter which code you follow, it can be an exciting time.

You may even be getting ready to help out at your local club, providing the volunteer support that keeps them going. Give yourself a sporting chance if you need to provide first aid for the players who may be the ones who make the difference to the results!

But for first aiders it can also be a challenging time!  Why?