GOJO Hand Hygiene Blog

We spotlight the importance of hand hygiene to improve public health, serve as a trusted resource and raise awareness of leading-edge hand hygiene and skin health scientific advancements through the GOJO Hand Hygiene Blog.

GOJO microbiologists, scientists, nurses and communication professionals post regularly and we also get the views of outside experts and thought leaders in the field. It’s all part of the GOJO Purpose, saving lives and making lives better through well-being solutions.

Jim Arbogast, Ph.D.

Hygiene Sciences and Public Health Advancements Vice President, GOJO Industries

James W. Arbogast, Ph.D., joined GOJO in 2002 and currently serves as Vice President of Hygiene Sciences and Public Health Advancements. Prior to his appointment to his current role in 2014, Dr. Arbogast held a variety of technical leadership roles in Skin Care Science, Product Development and New Technology with the company. Before joining GOJO, he gained experience in the consumer products industry with Clorox and Dial.

Dr. Arbogast has been directly involved in the formulation and national launch of hundreds of products in the laundry, air freshening, hair care, skin care, and hand hygiene markets. Under his leadership, the Skin Care Science team has conducted numerous field outcome studies with hand hygiene products to determine their real-world effect on skin condition and infection related rates. Additionally, there have been many contributions to advancing the science of hand hygiene around microbiology, clinical studies, analytical chemistry, drug stability and new product development.

Dr. Arbogast has made presentations at major scientific conferences and has authored multiple articles and patents. Dr. Arbogast, who earned a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of California at Los Angeles, has more than 20 years of experience in consumer product development with more than the last 14 years focused on skin care. He resides in Bath, Ohio, with his wife and three children.
What You Need to Know about Hand Hygiene and Cold and Flu Season
Flu Vaccine Warning by CDC is Reminder of Prevention and Important Role of Hand Hygiene

12/19/2014

By Jim Arbogast, Ph.D.

Hygiene Sciences and Public Health Advancements Vice President, GOJO Industries

As we enter into what is typically the height of flu season, health officials are warning of the potential for the season to be particularly severe. In fact, states across the nation are already affected, with widespread flu already hitting several regions.

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How to Decrease the Spread of Illness This Flu Season
How to Decrease the Spread of Illness This Flu Season

9/18/2014

By Jim Arbogast, Ph.D.

Hygiene Sciences and Public Health Advancements Vice President, GOJO Industries

Today, GOJO was in Washington, D.C. to support the National Foundation of Infectious Diseases’ (NFID) annual Influenza/Pneumococcal news conference, which encouraged preventative measures be taken during this upcoming flu season to help reduce the spread of illness and infection. And while flu activity typically peaks in either January or February, it is important to start thinking about the steps you can take now to help to prevent the flu.

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Spread of MERS Reminds Us of Importance of Hand Hygiene
Spread of MERS Reminds Us of Importance of Hand Hygiene

5/20/2014

By Jim Arbogast, Ph.D.

Hygiene Sciences and Public Health Advancements Vice President, GOJO Industries

Public health experts, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are closely monitoring the increase in cases of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).

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It Takes Just 5 Moments to Change the World

5/5/2014

By Jim Arbogast, Ph.D.

Hygiene Sciences and Public Health Advancements Vice President, GOJO Industries

As far as the World Health Organization (WHO) is concerned, hand hygiene is literally a “global lifesaving action.” That’s according to the Web presentation, “Clean Your Hands: Stop the Spread of Drug Resistant Germs,” by Professor Didier Pittet.

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New Book, Clean Hands Save Lives, Details the Life-Saving Potential of Alcohol-Based Handrubs
New Book, Clean Hands Save Lives, Details the Life-Saving Potential of Alcohol-Based Handrubs

4/29/2014

By Jim Arbogast, Ph.D.

Hygiene Sciences and Public Health Advancements Vice President, GOJO Industries

One very simple procedure—the use of alcohol-based handrubs (ABHR), also known as hand sanitizers—is saving some 8 million lives a year around the world. That’s according to Thierry Crouzat, author of Clean Hands Save Lives, which has been released by the French publisher Thaulk.

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