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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.
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