Hand hygiene gets smart

Chris Wakefield, vice president, European marketing and product development, GOJO Industries-Europe Ltd explains how universities and colleges can create healthier learning environments

Hand washing is one of the best ways to promote public health and well-being and, if done properly, is an extremely effective infection control measure. So it is important that educational establishments take hand hygiene seriously.

After all, viruses and germs can spread so quickly and easily, especially in places where large numbers of people come into constant contact with each other – assembly halls, seminar rooms, and student accommodation are all prime examples.

And it’s not only through direct contact that these germs are transmitted. Did you know that they can survive for a surprisingly long time on surfaces too? For example, norovirus (also known as the winter vomiting bug), can live for up to 12 days.[1] Research has also shown that fourteen people can be contaminated by touching the same object one after the other,[2] and that one single door handle can infect up to 60% of the occupants of a building within just four hours.[3]

The best way to prevent the spread of infection is to practise healthy hand washing. This not only reduces the chances of getting sick in the first place, but brings wider benefits for universities and colleges. Better health helps to reduce the number of days lost to sickness, which can lead to improved academic success, and in turn, higher grades and success in the league tables.

Educating young people about health and hand hygiene, and providing them with the right products to influence hygienic behaviour, is therefore crucial in educational settings. The PURELL SOLUTION™ offers a new, complete solution to help fight the spread of germs in facilities.

A healthier soap

The primary aim of washing hands is to remove dirt and bacteria. Our PURELL® HEALTHY SOAP™ High Performance Foam Hand Wash enables users to achieve their deepest clean ever, thanks to the ‘CLEAN RELEASE™ Technology’ (CRT). This allows the product to reach into areas of the skin which are hard to reach, removing more than 99% of dirt and germs from hands, and leaving up to 3.4 times fewer germs on the skin, compared to standard soaps.

Their remarkably mild formulations are also kind to skin – even with frequent use. Dermatologically tested and formulated for dry and sensitive skin, the formulation includes 90% naturally derived ingredients, and leaves 2x less residue on the skin.

Innovative dispensers

It can be hard enough to encourage staff and students to wash their hands, without the barrier of an empty soap dispenser, which prevents everyone from practising healthy hand hygiene. That’s why we developed the revolutionary PURELL ES8 Dispenser. Product levels can be monitored easily with its ‘AT-A-GLANCE™’ design, whilst the battery integrated into the refill ensures continuous touch-free dispensing – eliminating any worries about the battery running out and needing to be replaced.

When compared to the leading touch-free systems on the market, the PURELL ES8 system represents a 15% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions over its lifetime, making it a sustainable choice too.

As well as technologically advanced soap formulations and dispensers, the PURELL SOLUTION™ offers added value by offering educational and eye-catching signage to encourage compliance. The result? A healthier learning environment, in which both students and universities can excel, academically and in terms of their reputation.


For more information, call +44(0)1908 588444, email infouk@GOJO.com or visit www.GOJO.com.

[1] Hata B et al. Clin Infect Dis 2004; 39:1182 | Kramer A et al. BMC Infect Dis 2006; 6:130 | Havill NL. et al. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2014; 35:445 | Weber DJ et al. Infect Control Hosp Epidermiol 2015

[2] Barker J, Vipond IB, Bloomfield SF. J Hosp Infect 2004,58:42-49

[3] https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/09/140908093640.htm

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