Educational Materials Available During International Clean Hands Week

The American Cleaning Institute is offering free informational materials on hand hygiene for parents, educators and healthcare professionals during International Clean Hands Week, Sept. 19-25, 2010.

Tips, fact sheets, brochures and research can be found on ACIs Web site at www.cleaninginstitute.org/clean_living/clean_hands.aspx.

"We celebrate Clean Hands Week to remind parents and professionals to clean their hands," says Nancy Bock, ACI's vice president of consumer education. "During these tough economic times, families dont need another trip to the doctors office. Scientific evidence shows that handwashing is an exceptionally cost-effective health intervention. Washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds can go a long way to preventing the spread of harmful germs that make us sick. If were away from soap and water, we can use portable items like hand sanitizers and hand wipes to help keep our hands clean."

International Clean Hands Week was originated by the Clean Hands Coalition (www.cleanhandscoalition.org), a unified alliance of public and private partners working together to create and support coordinated, sustained initiatives to significantly improve health and save lives through clean hands. The coalition is facilitated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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