GOJO Advances the Science of Good Hygiene with 2016 Publications
As an advocate for public health and well-being and a leader in advancing the science of good hygiene, we conduct and publish research regularly to address important questions in ways that inspire new thinking and innovations.
In 2016, we published eight technical publications and white papers covering a range of important topics, from the positive effects of a comprehensive hand hygiene program in the workplace, to opportunities to utilize biomimicry to drive sustainable product innovation.
Through these publications, we are reaching thousands of stakeholders, including customers, technical experts, peers, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and others that can apply this new information to address challenges and make contributions to help create a healthier world.
2016 GOJO Publications
Impact of a Comprehensive Workplace Hand Hygiene Program on Employer Health Care Insurance Claims and Costs, Absenteeism, and Employee Perceptions and Practices. Journal of Occupational Environmental Medicine.
Health-related work losses cost US employers more than $260 billion each year, the indirect costs of poor health, most notably absenteeism and attending work while sick. Examining the correlation between hand hygiene and illness, GOJO found that by implementing a comprehensive hand hygiene program that included soap and hand sanitizer, employers were able to reduce claims from hand hygiene preventable illnesses by 24%.
Streamlining the Front End of Innovation for Environmentally Sustainable Products. Research-Technology Management.
In 2013, GOJO conducted a full lifecycle assessment for our touch-free dispensing systems, in an effort to evaluate the sustainability of the technology. During that assessment, we found that by making our pump mechanisms more efficient, we could greatly increase battery life, reducing waste and prolonging the effective lifecycle of our products. Looking at this challenge from a biomimicry perspective led us to create a cross-functional team, conduct workshops and develop a more sustainable solution.
Soap: The science behind it, the changing regulatory landscape ahead, and tools and tips for selecting a soap that's right for your facility.
Alcohol-based hand rubs receive a lot of attention when it comes to preventing the spread of germs, but washing with soap and water is also a critical method of reducing infection. According to the CDC and WHO, when hands are visibly soiled or contaminated, washing with soap and water is the ideal way to clean hands and help prevent the spread of infections.
Human health risk assessment of chloroxylenol in liquid hand soap and dishwashing soap used by consumers and health-care professionals. Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology.
When evaluating our ingredients, we go to great lengths to ensure that we’re developing the mildest, most effective formulations possible. Recently, we conducted a human risk assessment of chloroxylenol in liquid hand soap and dishwashing soap used by consumers and healthcare professionals, to determine any adverse effects on the skin. It was determined that chloroxylenol presented no observed adverse effect levels, and was a safe ingredient for use in soaps.
Effect of different alcohols on stratum corneum kallikrein 5 and phospholipase A2 together with epidermal keratinocytes and skins irritation. International Journal Cosmetic Science.
GOJO conducted a study of the effects of various types of alcohols on bacteria, as well as their effects on the skin. We found that ethanol performed equally well in terms of germ kill as the others, but was tolerated much better by the skin. PURELL® products are formulated to be gentle on skin, while killing over 99.99% of germs on skin. We achieve that by formulating our products to maximize the alcohol’s effects and incorporating skin conditioners.
Health care worker hand contamination at critical moments in outpatient care settings. American Journal of Infection Control.
GOJO worked with the American Journal of Infection Control to publish a study that demonstrated how important hand hygiene is to reducing the spread of germs in outpatient care settings. By outlining the 5 key moments for hand hygiene, as defined by the WHO, we were able to help reinforce the importance of an effective hand hygiene program, and provide recommendations for healthcare providers.
FDA Consumer Antimicrobial Handwash Proposed Rule: What does it mean and does it impact healthcare or not?
In December 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Notice of Proposed Rule on Consumer Antimicrobial Handwashes. The Proposed Rule that there is not enough evidence to show that antimicrobial soap products have an added benefit over plain non-antimicrobial soaps in the consumer setting, which means that for the time being, the FDA is not requiring consumer companies to remove antimicrobial soaps from the consumer market at this time. Additionally, the decision has no bearing on alcohol-based handrubs in any setting, including healthcare.
Frequency of Use of Alcohol-Based Hand Rubs by Nurses: A Systematic Review. Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology.
Hand hygiene is a major component of healthcare workers’ responsibilities, and in extreme cases, they can be required to use an alcohol-based hand rub up to 100 times per day. We published the results of a study that found ethanol – the active ingredient in PURELL® Hand Sanitizers is an effective way to fight the spread of germs, and was tolerated better by the skin than isopropanol.