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Survey: Gap between awareness and actions

February 23, 2012

ROSWELL, GA — In a survey released by Kimberly-Clark Professional, nearly four in five manufacturing workers agreed that shop towels should be banned if they are not 100 percent free of hazardous materials after laundering, according to a press release.

The survey exclusively targets production floor employees, and is representative of the millions of U.S. manufacturing workers who use shop towels every day, in industries such as automotive, aviation, printing, food and beverage processing, as well as metals and equipment manufacturing, the release stated.

According to the release, the results show that once the potential contamination risks of laundered shop towels are known, workers have near-universal agreement on the need to seriously address the issue; however, worker knowledge is limited, with only 44 percent of workers citing awareness of an exposure risk after shop towels are laundered.

"This survey demonstrates an urgent need to further educate manufacturing workers about shop towel safety issues," said Kim MacDougall, research scientist at Kimberly-Clark Professional.

"Workers care deeply about their safety, and overwhelmingly express that shop towels delivered as clean should be free of any residual contaminants. Once fully informed of the safety issues surrounding shop towel contamination, workers will demand that these unnecessary risks be addressed in their workplace," MacDougall added.

Click here to read the complete release.