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.
CDC Life is Better with Clean Hands
Let’s Celebrate with Clean Hands!

10/15/2019

By Jim Arbogast, Ph.D.

Hygiene Sciences and Public Health Advancements Vice President, GOJO Industries

Global Handwashing Day is celebrated on October 15, an annual reminder of the importance of handwashing and hand sanitizing. At GOJO, we know one of the most important measures to prevent illness and infection is through effective hand hygiene. In honor of Global Handwashing Day, we’ve partnered with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Foundation and Staples to collaboratively improve the health of our communities, through improved hand hygiene education.

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Let’s Celebrate World Hand Hygiene Day
Let’s Celebrate World Hand Hygiene Day

5/6/2019

By Jim Arbogast, Ph.D.

Hygiene Sciences and Public Health Advancements Vice President, GOJO Industries

World Hand Hygiene Day is celebrated annually every May 5th. It is a day to raise awareness for the critical role hand hygiene plays in infection prevention. Hand hygiene compliance makes a dramatic difference, both in terms of lives saved and healthcare costs reduced.

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It’s That Time of Year Again – Time to Fight the Flu
New Study Shows Use of Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizers in Child Care Centers Significantly Reduced Infections and Antibiotic Prescriptions

10/19/2018

By Jim Arbogast, Ph.D.

Hygiene Sciences and Public Health Advancements Vice President, GOJO Industries

Young children receive lots of care, nurturing, and learning from their child care centers. Unfortunately, they are often exposed to many germs and acquire illnesses when they attend these centers as well.

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Global Handwashing Day
Global Handwashing Day – Clean Hands Are a Main Ingredient to Your Health

10/15/2018

By Jim Arbogast, Ph.D.

Hygiene Sciences and Public Health Advancements Vice President, GOJO Industries

From as early as we can remember, we have been told to “wash your hands before you eat.” Now, we may be the ones teaching this lessons to others.

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Hand Hygiene
Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizers Do Not Create Superbugs

8/3/2018

By Jim Arbogast, Ph.D.

Hygiene Sciences and Public Health Advancements Vice President, GOJO Industries

A recent study in Science Translational Medicine is causing concern amongst public health thought leaders because it is misleading, applying results inappropriately to (ethyl) alcohol-based hand sanitizers. The study tested efficacy of isopropanol (isopropyl) alcohol in a 23% concentration, whereby hand sanitizers typically use ethyl alcohol in a 70% concentration.

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