Breaking News

Hand-Washing Is Not a Priority, For Students

November 2, 2007

Kids in school are receiving less-than-stellar grades on basic hand hygiene, according to the third Clean Hands Report Card issued by Soap and Detergent Association (SDA). The 2007 Report Card is based on a telephone survey of parents of school-age children and on-site surveys at conferences and questioned respondents’ hand hygiene behavior and knowledge of the importance of regularly cleaning one’s hands throughout the day. Of all the groups studied by the SDA, students demonstrate that hand washing is not a priority: a full one-fifth (22%) do not wash their hands every time they use the bathroom; 31% seldom or never wash their hands before eating lunch and more than two-thirds (41%) seldom or never wash their hands after coughing or sneezing. “With cold and flu season coming up, good hand hygiene is vital,” said Nancy Bock, SDA vice president of education.

Parents who were surveyed by the SDA fared better in the study, as most always wash their hands after going to the bathroom (76%) and before eating lunch (93%) and almost one-third (32%) do say that they lather their hands for more than 20 seconds each time—the highest percentage of any of the groups surveyed. More info: www.cleaning101.com.
  • It’s Magic!

    It’s Magic!

    Melissa Meisel, Associate Editor||March 20, 2017
    Argan oil-infused ‘Moroccan’ lip care brand jumps from WholeFoods into CVS.

  • On the Cutler Edge

    On the Cutler Edge

    Melissa Meisel, Associate Editor||March 13, 2017
    Top brand source at Redken forecasts up-to-the-minute hair trends.

  • Take The Hint

    Take The Hint

    Christine Esposito, Associate Editor||March 13, 2017
    Water brand forays into sun protection by capitalizing on scent and experience.

  • Supply-Side Innovations

    Supply-Side Innovations

    Tom Branna, Editorial Director||March 1, 2017
    Raw material suppliers roll up their sleeves and roll out their new products for the global cleaning industry.

  • New Faces in Familiar Places

    New Faces in Familiar Places

    Tom Branna, Editorial Director||March 1, 2017
    The American Cleaning Institute officially welcomed its new president.

  • Special Delivery

    Special Delivery

    Tom Branna, Editorial Director||March 1, 2017
    UV protection is important, but what good is that sunscreen if consumers won’t apply it?