A recent workplace outcome study, “Impact of a Comprehensive Workplace Hand Hygiene Program on Employer Health Care Insurance Claims and Costs, Absenteeism and Employee Perceptions and Practices,” published in The Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (JOEM), found that offices equipped with PURELL® Advanced Hand Sanitizer and PURELL® Hand Sanitizing Wipes throughout the building and at employees’ desks resulted in 24.3 percent fewer healthcare insurance claims for hand hygiene preventable illnesses, such as cold, flu and respiratory illnesses.
“As a physician, I am a strong advocate for hand hygiene,” said William Jarvis, M.D., co-author of the study and former acting director of the Hospital Infections Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Doctors and other health professionals have been telling people for years the benefits of the healthy habit of hand hygiene, but some need proof that it makes a difference. This well-designed 13-month real-world environment study, with thorough analysis of four years of retrospective data, shows that when people use PURELL™ products only a few times a day, it can reduce sickness and ultimately reduce a trip to the doctor’s office. Improving the health of workplace employees should be every employers’ top priority.”
This landmark study, conducted by GOJO and Medical Mutual of Ohio, Ohio’s largest health insurance company, found that a workplace equipped with PURELL™ products throughout the building also generated these impressive results:
So what does this mean for your workplace?
- 13.4 percent fewer sick episodes or unscheduled paid-time-off days in 2014-2015 in the intervention group compared to the previous year
- 8 in 10 employees indicated having PURELL products throughout the office positively impacted their impression of their employer
We all know that the practice of good hand hygiene is one of the most important measures we can take to reduce the spread of germs that can cause illness. We also know that according to AON Hewitt companies will spend nearly $9,000 for each employee’s 2016 healthcare. This study is an example of how a comprehensive hand hygiene program, which is easy to implement, will not only help employers improve the health of the workforce, but also impact medical insurance costs. In fact, a reduction in healthcare claims enables the PURELL Advanced Workforce Solution to pay for itself with hard cost savings.
“As a health insurance company we look for ways to help employers improve the health of their workforce,” said Kathy Golovan, chief health officer and executive vice president for Medical Mutual. “The significance of this study is that it demonstrates an immediate health solution for employers that is easy to implement, cost effective and one that employees clearly value. Employers often focus on long-term chronic diseases like diabetes, heart health and weight loss of their workforce, but a solution like the PURELL Advanced Workforce Solution can be impactful because it can quickly improve the health and wellness of employees without economic stress to the organization.”
To learn more about this study and how the PURELL Advanced Workforce Solution can benefit your organization, go to www.GOJO.com/PURELLadvancedworkforce.