An interactive hand washing demonstration and a presentation on human microbiome science were among the highlights at TBC Distribution’s first symposium on infection control, held on 6 May 2016 in Wollongong.
The event focused on educating guests and building awareness on approaching current and new topics in cleaning industries, with a focus on understanding how new infection control standards will affect those in the cleaning world.
Visitors met with industry experts to discuss ideas on current and future hygiene standards, visited stalls from TBC Distribution’s supply partners in cleaning solutions and listened to guest speakers present educational topics first hand.
As GOJO Australasia clinical specialist and guest speaker Sharon McIIduff summed up, “infection prevention and control is everyone’s business.”
“Not just one team of people i.e. cleaners or practitioners alone will be able to combat healthcare associated infections,” she said. “It is all about us working together. That is the only way we can fix this problem.”
GOJO Australasia sales director and guest speaker Lisa Bradley explained that it is the things that we can’t see that have an impact on our health.
“Touching your phone, touching a desk or chair or even shaking hands with someone are all ways bacteria is spread,” she shared.
“Healthcare associated infections are an easy thing to prevent. It is all about education and being conscious of hand hygiene and its consequences.”
Following the presentations was a short Q and A where guests and speakers discussed the importance of drying hands with hand towels and the factors that affect how long hand sanitisers protect our hands from bacteria.