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.

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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Hepatitis A
Help Prevent the Spread of Hepatitis A

4/30/2019

By Rachel Leslie

Clinical Science Manager

While Hepatitis A rates had been decreasing in the United States since the late 1990’s through 2015, localized outbreaks have made a resurgence. Since 2016 several states including Arizona, California, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan, and Utah have experienced outbreaks, resulting in over 15,000 confirmed cases and 140 deaths across the US.

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Schools Can Play an Important Role in Educating Children about Handwashing

4/24/2019

By David Berendes, PhD, MSPH

Waterborne Disease Prevention Branch, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention*

Anyone who has spent significant time around children knows that germs spread quickly in school settings and can make children sick. Handwashing education in schools is a low-cost way to keep children healthy and help improve school attendance. Our team at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently published an article in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report that highlights the links between income, illness, and missing school and the need for handwashing education in schools.

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Keep Your Guard Up and the Risk of Office Illness Down
Keep Your Guard Up and the Risk of Office Illness Down

3/19/2019

By Thom Wojtkun

Market Development Director, Office Buildings, GOJO Industries

While the traditional cold and flu season is drawing to a close, the workplace germs that lead to illness don’t always pay attention to the calendar. Even though spring nears, you’re still at risk of catching a cold – and what could be worse than coughing and sneezing away a wonderful spring day (or any day, for that matter)? The solution to keeping the doctor away is as simple – and more proven – than an apple a day.

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Hand Hygiene
How Can You Keep Your Hands Healthy During the Winter Months?

2/19/2019

By Srini Venkatesh

Chief Science Officer & Vice President, GOJO Industries

During the winter months it is important to keep your hands healthy. The skin on your hands is an excellent protective barrier and nature has designed it to be the first line of defense against infection causing germs. The outermost layer on the skin, the stratum corneum, fends off the germs and keeps the skin hydrated. Since cold air carries less water vapor, your hands can get chapped and the protective function of the skin may be compromised. So what can you do to keep your skin from drying out in the cold weather?

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