Developing and promoting hygiene in home and everydaylife to meet 21st Century needs
In recent years, fundamental changes have occurred which highlight the importance of hygiene in our homes and everyday lives in public places. Lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic indicate the need for a radical reformulation of frontline hygiene advice - and how it is delivered to the public - to address the infectious disease issues we currently face, not only COVID-19 but also the global issue of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and the ever-growing vulnerable population who have to protect themselves against infection. Central to our work is a new approach to hygiene, based on principles of risk management, which has come to be known as Targeted Hygiene. This forms the basis for developing frontline hygiene policy which meets C21st needs, including the need for sustainable use of the resources needed to deliver hygiene.
The role of hygiene in home and everyday life in tackling antibiotic resistance
Hygiene in our homes and everyday lives has a vital role in tackling antibiotic resistance (AMR). Good hygiene contributes in the fight against AMR in two ways, by preventing infection, thereby reducing the need for antibiotic prescribing and preventing person to person spread of infections which are antibiotic resistant.
Are we too clean? - the hygiene hypothesis misnomer
The idea that too much cleanliness and hygiene may be an underlying cause of rising allergies in children has been widely publicised and discussed in recent years. The idea was first put forward in 1989 and was named the “Hygiene Hypothesis”. Although the link between microbial exposures and health is now well established, it is thought that the major underlying cause is lifestyle changes, and that cleanliness and hygiene are unlikely to be involved. This website area contains the latest reviews on this issue and its relationship with the need for prevention of infectious diseases through Targeted Hygiene.
SafeConsume is an EU project funded by Horizon2020. The overall objective is to reduce the health burden from foodborne illnesses.
SafeConsume is a 5 year project (2017-2022) involving 32 partners in 14 countries in Europe.
The key aim is to change consumers behaviour to reduce exposure to hazards and decrease risk, through developing effective and convenient tools and products, information strategies, education and inclusive food safety policy.