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Posts By: Paul Barnhill

Is Your Shoe Sanitizer Solution Compromising Food Safety?

An effective shoe sanitizing program is critical in preventing employee work shoes from contaminating food production zones and ultimately finished food products. In this blog, we'll explore why standard practices for shoe sanitation in food safety don't work and what you can do to implement a footwear hygiene program that keeps pathogens from entering your food production zones.

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The Best Work Boots for Boot Scrubber Efficacy

Posted May 21, 2019 by Paul Barnhill & filed under

Footwear Hygiene

Choosing the Best Work Boots to Use with Boot Scrubbers


Protection, comfort and durability are typically the main considerations when first evaluating a footwear solution for your food production facility. However, many companies forget to consider boot design as a crucial factor when implementing a successful footwear hygiene program for food safety. In this blog post, we'll review what types of footwear are best to use with boot scrubbers  and which work boots to avoid in order to reduce the spread of pathogens in your food production facility.

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Clean Room Classification: Design, Redesign & Compliance

Posted April 18, 2019 by Paul Barnhill & filed under

Hygiene in Clean Rooms

Clean room classification is one of the most complex – yet essential – parts of designing and building a clean room. There are many important questions that need to be asked when planning for, designing and setting up your clean room. In this blog we explain how hygiene automation equipment can reduce or eliminate the risk of cross-contamination and bioburden while meeting clean room design requirements.

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The Importance of Hand Hygiene in Reducing Cross Contamination

Posted May 15, 2018 by Paul Barnhill & filed under

Hand Hygiene

Everyone understands the importance of good hand hygiene, but the reality is that out in the real world… most people don’t understand the power of hand hygiene to reduce the spread of disease.

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If you're taking a cruise... Use these tips to stay healthy while setting sail!

Posted April 6, 2016 by Paul Barnhill & filed under

Hygiene on Cruise Ships

If you're one of 22 million people setting sail on a cruise ship vacation this year, you should listen up! Even though cruise lines have taken steps recently to raise the bar on their health and sanitation practices onboard, germs always find a way in the picture when you're living in such close conditions with other travelers and crew. The last thing you want during treasured vacation time is getting sick with a case of GI or foodborne illness. Especially keep in mind that alcohol gels and wipes do NOT kill Norovirus, the leading culprit of cruiseline outbreaks. Here are a few things to think about before you take a sip of that piña colada….

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Food Safety Audits & Next Steps

Posted March 6, 2015 by Paul Barnhill & filed under

Hygiene in Food Processing

Food Safety Audits - What To Do Next?

When an internal food safety audit reveals holes in your safety and sanitation processes, take heart. Considering the frequency of foodborne illness outbreaks, product recalls and food poisoning lawsuits, identifying potential problems before they occur is a good thing. Fixing small issues prevents them from ballooning into major incidents involving alienated vendors and customers, damaged brand reputation, and regulatory violations.

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Tips to Fend-Off Germs of Coughing Coworkers in the Office

Posted January 20, 2015 by Paul Barnhill & filed under

Hand Hygiene, Hygiene in Public Spaces

It’s the height of flu season, and just trying to avoid coughing co-workers in the office or plant facility may not be enough to stave off a case of the flu. Bad bugs can spread very quickly through the workplace.

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Cruise Ship Hygiene – Don’t Be the Next Big News Story

Posted December 19, 2014 by Paul Barnhill & filed under

Hand Hygiene, Hygiene on Cruise Ships

According to the American Association of Port Authorities and the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association, cruises are a $37.85 billion industry in the United States, with the annual number of cruise passengers averaging well over 20 million. That’s a lot of people willing to be isolated with their new closest friends on a boat in the middle of the ocean. With all of these bodies in one relatively small space for days at a time, the chances for spreading germs around are high. The spread of norovirus is typically associated with cruise ships because the close living quarters increases the amount of group contact. Most of us have heard of the recent virus outbreaks on cruise lines, so how can you prevent being the next big news story involving wide-spread illness on a cruise ship? Other than choosing not to cruise, take a look at these cruise ship hygiene tips, including cruise ship hand washing and ways cruise lines can improve their VSP scores.

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Hand Sanitizers: Convenient Isn't Always Effective

Posted December 4, 2014 by Paul Barnhill & filed under

Hand Hygiene, Hygiene in Healthcare

The Unhealthy Habit

There are few items more ubiquitous than the little bottle of hand sanitizer clipped to a purse or student backpack, the big jug of it in the workplace or classroom, and even dispensers in medical offices or supermarkets. However, the dangers of hand sanitizers are not well known, even to the people who depend on them to help stop transmission of some of the most dangerous pathogens known to the medical profession.

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The History of Hand Washing Compliance

Posted November 26, 2014 by Paul Barnhill & filed under

Hand Hygiene

Hands and History

The definition of hygiene would be different in each century you go back to over the course of human history. For a Roman of the first century, cleanliness meant soaking for hours in baths of various temperatures, scraping the body with a metal scraping blade, and applying olive oil to the skin.

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