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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Teaching Proper Hand Hygiene to Kids in K-12 Classrooms

1/8/2019

By Amanda Kaye

Market Development Director

Between all the math, science, social studies and language arts, it can be hard to find time to teach kids one of life’s most important lessons for staying healthy throughout the school year: hand hygiene. In a study that followed 120 middle and high school students, 58% of female students washed their hands after using the bathroom, compared with 48% of male students. On top of that, female students only used soap 28% of the time, while male students used soap a shocking 8% of the time.

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National Handwashing Awareness Week 2018
Handwashing Awareness Should be Practiced Every Week

12/4/2018

By Rachel Collins

Director, Education and Outreach, American Cleaning Institute

National Handwashing Awareness Week (December 2-8, 2018) is an opportunity to increase awareness on the importance of handwashing to prevent diseases and save lives. This week and all year round, everyone can do their part to increase hand hygiene awareness.

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