Infographic Tells Story Of U.S. Hand Hygiene Practices

This Clean Hands Week, Georgia-Pacific Professional Reminds People to Wash & Dry

Sep 17, 2012, 10:38 ET from Georgia-Pacific Professional

ATLANTA, Sept. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Many people may be surprised that 80 percent of all infectious diseases are transmitted by touch.[1] Implications of sicknesses like the common cold that spread through contact have led to a U.S. economic effect of $25 billion in lost productivity. [2] One of the easiest ways to help prevent the spread of illness is through proper hand hygiene, yet less than one third of U.S. adults report always washing their hands after coughing and sneezing, according to a Harris Interactive study.[3]

To help encourage more frequent hand washing and drying, Georgia-Pacific Professional presents a shareable infographic available at Coinciding with The American Cleaning Institute's International Clean Hands Week, Sept. 16-22, 2012, the infographic tells a cohesive story about hand hygiene deficiencies and solutions in the U.S. and serves as a public reminder to wash.

"Illness prevention through hand hygiene is a crucial subject that needs to be discussed because its impact on public health and business operations is astounding," states Alex Volpe, vice president and general manager, towel category – Georgia-Pacific Professional. "It is important for consumers, workers and businesses to practice proper hand hygiene and to encourage others to incorporate it into their daily routines. We ask users to share this infographic as a tool to help spread wellness, as we know education can be directly tied to improved hand hygiene practices."

Along with statistics, the infographic outlines proper hand hygiene techniques as well as the importance of drying with a paper towel in preventing illness transmission. View the complete infographic via and share it on social media to join the effort to spread wellness.

This infographic also supports the 10th anniversary of enMotion® touchless dispensers, recognizing the impact touchless dispensing has provided in helping create more hygienic, clean and attractive public hand washing areas. Since 2002, enMotion® touchless towel dispensers have helped dry about 272 billion hands. That's about the same as the entire U.S. population washing their hands 937 times. Follow @GPProfessional on Twitter for updates on touchless hygiene solutions.

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1 Source: National Awareness Handwashing Week, N.A. Certification Map.

2 Source: Productivity Losses Related to the Common Cold research.  Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. September 2002

3 Source: Harris Interactive online survey with consumers, November 2010 prepared for The American Microbiology Society and the American Cleaning Institute


SOURCE Georgia-Pacific Professional