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Hand Hygiene Regimens Can Result in Healthier Employees

AKRON, OH -- (Marketwired) -- 07/08/14 -- Companies can enhance their employee wellness programs by adopting measures to help reduce risks associated with occupational skin diseases and educating employees about the importance of hand hygiene.

Workers in factories, automotive shops, construction, and other dirty environments encounter tough soils and irritants that can combine to create hand health problems. Companies pay more than $1.4 billion annually for medical care related to employees' contact dermatitis and another $500 million in productivity losses.(1)

To counter such problems, GOJO recommends that employers audit their procedures that relate to hand hygiene and skin health, and educate workers about proper handwashing and conditioning. Skin health needs analyses can determine what employers can do to avoid or minimize problems.

"Contact dermatitis and other skin-related disorders can contribute to missed work and could lead to problems with employee morale and quality of life," said Harold Tyreman, GOJO vice president for sales and marketing in automotive, industrial and textiles. "The good news is these problems can be mitigated easily at handwashing basins."

"GOJO strongly advocates that employers promote materials that provide guidance about healthy handwashing and conditioning, and provide employees with effective products," Tyreman said.

Educational posters are available at www.gojo.com. Click to the Manufacturing section and then to Resources.

GOJO offers a Skin Health Needs Analysis for manufacturers employing more than 250 people. Developed to help improve facilities' hand hygiene regimens and better manage costs, the skin health needs analysis can lead to steps to protect employee health and maximize efficiency and profitability.

For information about the analysis or to schedule an audit, contact Kevin Stanton at 1-800-321-9647 ext. 6766.

About GOJO
GOJO Industries, Inc. (www.gojo.com) is the inventor of PURELL® Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer, and 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 and skin care formulas 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 systems, engineered with attention to design, sustainability and functionality. GOJO programs promote healthy behaviors for hand hygiene, skin care and compliance in critical environments. GOJO is a privately held corporation headquartered in Akron, with offices in the United Kingdom, France, Australia, Japan and Brazil.

(1)Lewin Group for the Society for Investigative Dermatology and The Academy of Dermatology Association, 2005.

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