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Friday, September 18, 2009

International Clean Hands Week Serves as a Reminder About the Importance of Hand Hygiene

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As a reminder about the importance of hand hygiene, the Clean Hands Coalition has designated the week of September 20th through 26th 2009 as International Clean Hands Week. According to the Coalition, clean hands save lives.

Germs are everywhere. They are typically spread by hands. Just because your hands don’t look dirty doesn’t mean they’re clean. Germs cannot be viewed by the naked eye.

Major health organizations, including the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Public Health Agency of Canada, agree that handwashing and hand sanitizing with an alcohol-based hand rub are critical to help minimize the spread of germs, especially during times of illness outbreaks.

When should you clean your hands? The CDC recommends cleaning your hands:

  • Before your eat
  • After you use the bathroom
  • Before, during and after preparing food
  • After blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing
  • After handling animals or animal waste
  • After playing sports
  • After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has gone to the bathroom
  • Before and after tending to someone who is sick
  • After handling garbage
  • Before and after treating a cut wound
  • Anytime your hands are dirty

GOJO, inventors of PURELL® Instant Hand Sanitizer, is the leading provider of well-being solutions for hygiene and healthy skin. PURELL is America’s #1 instant hand sanitizer. It’s the brand people know and trust.

For more information on GOJO or PURELL, visit or contact GOJO Customer Information Center at 1-800-321-9647.

International Clean Hands Week is sponsored by the Clean Hands Coalition, a unified alliance of public and private partners working together to create and support coordinated, sustained initiatives to significantly improve health and save lives through clean hands.

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About GOJO -

GOJO, the inventors of PURELL® Hand Sanitizer, is the leading global producer and marketer of skin health and hygiene solutions for away-from-home settings. The broad GOJO product portfolio includes hand cleaning, handwashing, hand sanitizing, skin care formulas and surface sprays under the GOJO®, PURELL™ and PROVON® brand names. GOJO formulations use the latest advances in the science of skin care and sustainability. GOJO is known for state-of-the-art dispensing technology, engineered with attention to design, sustainability and functionality. GOJO programs promote healthy behaviors for hygiene, skin care and compliance in critical environments. GOJO is a family enterprise headquartered in Akron, Ohio, with operations in the United Kingdom, France, Australia, Japan, Mexico, and Canada.


Contact Information

Contact: Kelly Ward-Smith, Public Relations Senior Manager

Phone Number: 330-255-6293
Mobile Phone: 330-819-8638


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