National Public Health Week

Helping to Create the Healthiest Nation

Samantha Williams


By Samantha Williams

Director of Public Relations, GOJO Industries

This week is National Public Health Week, an initiative of the American Public Health Association (APHA) designed to create the healthiest nation in one generation. This year, the APHA is celebrating the power of prevention – looking at ways to help us all stay healthy and well.

Hand Hygiene and Surface Disinfecting Help Us Stay Healthy

It has been reported that more than 80% of illnesses are transmitted by the hands.1 This is why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other leading health organizations recommend practicing good hand hygiene – handwashing or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol when hands are not visibly soiled – as a simple, yet effective way to reduce your risk of illness and infection.2

Each and every day, we touch a variety of surfaces. From doorknobs, to grocery cart handles, to light switches, germs that can cause illness are easily transferred from one person to the next via the surfaces we touch. This is why another important preventive step for us to take is to clean and disinfect commonly touched surfaces and objects. When selecting a product to use, be sure to choose a surface sanitizer and disinfectant specifically formulated to kill a large spectrum of germs and one that designed for both hard and soft surfaces. This will help to decrease the spread of germs.

The GOJO Purpose is Saving Lives and Making Life Better Through Well-Being Solutions. We live our Purpose each and every day by delivering hygiene solutions that help to reduce the spread of infection, and in turn, help to save lives and protect public health.

This week, and every week, is a time for us to remember that there are simple steps we can all take to help keep us healthy and help reduce the spread of germs that can make us ill.

1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Environmental Support, Flu & Pneumonia Intervention. Retrieved March 28, 2017, from http://www.cdc.gov/workplacehealthpromotion/health-strategies/flu-pneumonia/interventions/environmental-support.html
2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Show Me the Science – When & How to Use Hand Sanitizer. Retrieved March 31, 2017, from https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/show-me-the-science-hand-sanitizer.html

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