Clean Hands Webinar Extends the Reach of International Clean Hands Week

The focus on common sense hand hygiene doesnt stop during International Clean Hands Week (Sept. 18-24, 2011). The American Cleaning Institute (ACI) is offering a free, one-hour webinar to educators and health professionals interested in the latest information on raising awareness about handwashing.

The event will be held on Monday Oct. 3, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time. You can register for this webinar online at

"In just 60 minutes, we will share up-to-date information about handwashing that will help others raise the awareness of the importance of hand hygiene in homes, schools, communities and the workplace," says Nancy Bock, ACI's vice president of consumer education, one of the featured speakers.

"Our experts will share practical information about the science and benefits of handwashing, valuable resources, ways to get involved in Global Handwashing Day (October 15) and how to earn a cash award for school handwashing programs in conjunction with our Healthy Schools, Healthy People, It's a SNAP program.

Joining Bock as webinar presenters are:

- Kim Knoche; Forsyth High School (Forsyth, Montana); Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) adviser and teacher

- Vince Radke, MPH, RS, CP-FS, DAAS, CPH, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Environmental Health

- Michele Samarya-Timm; Somerset County (N.J.) Health Department; health educator/registered environmental health specialist

ACI offers free resource materials year-round on handwashing and hand hygiene practices on their website at

The Clean Hands Coalition is 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. ACI is a founding member of the Clean Hands Coalition and promotes International Clean Hands Week annually to educate the public about the importance of hand hygiene.

Global Handwashing Day ( was created by the Global Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing in 2008 to foster and support a global culture of handwashing with soap. Each year, more than 200 million people are involved in celebrations in more than 100 countries around the world.

The American Cleaning Institute (ACI, formerly the Soap and Detergent Association) is the home of the U.S. Cleaning Products Industry and represents the $30 billion U.S. cleaning products market.