ITW Dymon Offers Tips for National Handwashing Awareness Week December 2 - 8
OLATHE, KS — ITW Dymon, a leading manufacturer of professional industrial and institutional pre-moistened wipes and chemicals, offers tips for proper handwashing in honor of National Handwashing Awareness Week, December 2 - 8.
“By knowing how to properly wash hands, people can ensure they maintain the most effective way to prevent the spread of disease,” said ITW Dymon Director of Sales & Marketing Rich Bucher. “This is not only good for the employee, but the employer as well.”
According to a report from the Commonwealth Fund, an estimated 55 million U.S. workers annually experience reduced productivity due to illness or the inability to concentrate on the job due to a family member’s illness. The study concluded that these workers were performing at half capacity, equalling a $260 billion economic value annually.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says proper handwashing is the single most effective way to prevent the spread of germs that cause infection and illness. Eighty percent of diseases are spread by touch. These germs can be transmitted to others through contact with hands, surfaces, uncooked meat and vegetables when touched by unclean hands.
To contain the spread of germs, hands should be washed:
• After using the bathroom, changing diapers, cleaning up after pets or handling money • Before and after eating • After coughing or sneezing • After touching eyes, nose, mouth, ears or hair
To prevent epidemics or pandemics through handwashing, remember to:
• Wet hands with warm water (not hot) and use antiseptic soap • Rub your hands together, making sure to scrub all areas including under the fingernails • Rub for a minimum of 15-20 seconds • Rinse thoroughly • Dry hands on a clean towel • Turn faucet off with towel, not hands, to prevent recontamination
When a sink, soap and water are not readily available, be sure to protect yourself using hand sanitizing wipes. ITW Dymon manufactures SCRUBS® Hand Sanitizer Wipes, which help protect the user and prevent the spread of diseases.
“Because pre-moistened wipes are disposable, the threat of germ and viral cross contamination is virtually eliminated,” Bucher said.
Employees can help maintain a healthy and productive work environment by frequently washing hands and keeping workplace surfaces clean. Employers are also encouraged to promote handwashing, especially during cold and flu seasons, to maintain a healthy workforce and further ensure against lost productivity.
About ITW Dymon
ITW Dymon is a leading manufacturer of diverse lines of industrial maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) specialty chemicals and marking products including SCRUBS® Brand wipes, DYKEM® Brand industrial marking products, Dymon® Brand professional cleaning products, and Spray Nine® cleaner and disinfectant. Backed by years of formulation expertise, ITW Dymon brands are among the most effective products available today. ITW Dymon’s Corporate Headquarters is located in Olathe, Kansas. For additional information regarding ITW Dymon, call 1-800-443-9536 or visit www.dymon.com.