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.

Partnership for Food Safety Education
September is Food Safety Month - Get the Facts


By Shelley Feist

Executive Director, Partnership for Food Safety Education

Every year since 2009, the non-profit Partnership for Food Safety Education has addressed food safety myths that people commonly hold and share with others. Over time, more than two dozen myths have been debunked with the FACTS that consumers need to know to help reduce their risk of foodborne illness. 

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Moving from Good to Great Hand Hygiene Pays Off


By Megan J. DiGiorgio, MSN, RN, CIC

Clinical Specialist, GOJO Industries

Is there a point of diminishing returns when it comes to hand hygiene? A newly published study conducted at University of North Carolina Hospitals recently helped us answer that very question and reported what many of us already suspected: more compliance with hand hygiene actually yields better results in terms of healthcare-associated infection (HAI) reduction. What’s impressive about this study is that the healthcare facility where it was conducted already had what is considered “high” compliance rates (82.6%).So, how did they accomplish this?

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How to Build Accountability Around Hand Hygiene


By Lori Moore, RN

Clinical Application Specialist, GOJO Industries

It’s essential for healthcare workers to be accountable for their hand hygiene performance because they deal with a large number of people and pathogens every day, and it's well established that hands transmit germs that cause healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). In fact, it is estimated that more than 80% of illnesses are spread by touch.

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It's Time to Abandon the Hygiene Hypothesis


By Professor Sally Bloomfield

Chairman of IFH and Honorary Professor, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK

The July issue of Perspectives in Public Health reviews the latest evidence showing that the hygiene hypothesis is a misleading and dangerous misnomer. Not only does it undermine attitudes to hygiene at a time when antibiotic resistance threatens our ability to treat infections, it also hinders the search for ways to reverse the recent dramatic rise in allergies and other chronic inflammatory diseases. These arguments are set out in a new review summarising the consensus findings of experts who presented at a conference organized by the Royal Society for Public Health and the International Scientific Forum on Home Hygiene in February 2016.

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Stopping the Spread of Germs in K-12 Schools


By Megan Powell

Market Development Director, GOJO Industries

Why sick kids end up attending school and how to prevent their germs from spreading to other students, teachers, and staff.

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