GOJO Hand Hygiene Blog

We spotlight the importance of hand hygiene to improve public health, serve as a trusted resource and raise awareness of leading-edge hand hygiene and skin health scientific advancements through the GOJO Hand Hygiene Blog.

GOJO microbiologists, scientists, nurses and communication professionals post regularly and we also get the views of outside experts and thought leaders in the field. It’s all part of the GOJO Purpose, saving lives and making lives better through well-being solutions.

Jim Arbogast, Ph.D.

Hygiene Sciences and Public Health Advancements Vice President, GOJO Industries

James W. Arbogast, Ph.D., joined GOJO in 2002 and currently serves as Vice President of Hygiene Sciences and Public Health Advancements. Prior to his appointment to his current role in 2014, Dr. Arbogast held a variety of technical leadership roles in Skin Care Science, Product Development and New Technology with the company. Before joining GOJO, he gained experience in the consumer products industry with Clorox and Dial.

Dr. Arbogast has been directly involved in the formulation and national launch of hundreds of products in the laundry, air freshening, hair care, skin care, and hand hygiene markets. Under his leadership, the Skin Care Science team has conducted numerous field outcome studies with hand hygiene products to determine their real-world effect on skin condition and infection related rates. Additionally, there have been many contributions to advancing the science of hand hygiene around microbiology, clinical studies, analytical chemistry, drug stability and new product development.

Dr. Arbogast has made presentations at major scientific conferences and has authored multiple articles and patents. Dr. Arbogast, who earned a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of California at Los Angeles, has more than 20 years of experience in consumer product development with more than the last 14 years focused on skin care. He resides in Bath, Ohio, with his wife and three children.
Hand Hygiene
Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizers Do Not Create Superbugs

8/3/2018

By Jim Arbogast, Ph.D.

Hygiene Sciences and Public Health Advancements Vice President, GOJO Industries

A recent study in Science Translational Medicine is causing concern amongst public health thought leaders because it is misleading, applying results inappropriately to (ethyl) alcohol-based hand sanitizers. The study tested efficacy of isopropanol (isopropyl) alcohol in a 23% concentration, whereby hand sanitizers typically use ethyl alcohol in a 70% concentration.

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GOJO ADX Dispenser in Use College
What You Need to Know About Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease

7/31/2018

By Jim Arbogast, Ph.D.

Hygiene Sciences and Public Health Advancements Vice President, GOJO Industries

It’s a contagious disease, which according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) usually affects infants and children under 5 years old. Yet, recent outbreaks of hand, foot and mouth disease at Florida State University and at schools in Northern New Jersey have many schools and universities looking for ways to help reduce the risk of an outbreak at their campus.

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FDA Releases Proposed Rule for Consumer Leave-On Antiseptic Products
FDA Announces its Proposed Rule for Hand Sanitizing Products Used in Everyday Settings – What Does This Mean?

6/30/2016

By Jim Arbogast, Ph.D.

Hygiene Sciences and Public Health Advancements Vice President, GOJO Industries

On June 29, 2016, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued its proposed rule for consumer hand sanitizers and asked manufacturers to provide the latest science for the active ingredients used in these products. This call for new data relates to the FDA’s standard protocol as it revisits this consumer product category for the first time in over 20 years. But what does this mean for those of us who use hand sanitizing products?

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Antibiotic Stewardship Clostrodium Difficile
Setting the Record Straight on Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizers and Antibiotic Resistance

6/6/2016

By Jim Arbogast, Ph.D.

Hygiene Sciences and Public Health Advancements Vice President, GOJO Industries

Recently, a report about an antibiotic-resistant supergerm made headlines and brought even greater attention to the ever-growing challenge of antibiotic resistance. It also demonstrates why practicing good hand hygiene – handwashing and hand sanitizing – is so important to overcoming the challenge of antibiotic resistance.

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CDC Antibiotics Week Lets All Get Smart About Antibiotics
Let's All Get Smart About Antibiotics

11/16/2015

By Jim Arbogast, Ph.D.

Hygiene Sciences and Public Health Advancements Vice President, GOJO Industries

Today marks the start of the eighth annual Get Smart About Antibiotics Week. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), along with a broadening coalition of international and national partners, including GOJO, will observe the Get Smart About Antibiotics Week to raise awareness regarding the threat of antibiotic resistance and the importance of dramatically reduced antibiotic use.

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