Experts Partner with Kimberly-Clark Professional to Recognize Healthy Workplaces Nationwide

Kimberly-Clark Professional has partnered with five leading health and wellness experts to judge entries to The Healthy Workplace Project Award Program. The program is designed to recognize and reward companies that have made a comprehensive corporate commitment to hand hygiene and/or wellness initiatives in their workplaces.

The panel of judges includes:

- Lisa Brosseau, Sc.D, CIH, associate professor at University of Minnesotas School of Public Health, Division of Environmental Health Services

- Kathy Cash, RN, CHPD, retired Lt. Col. and author of "How to Add Sparkle and Pizzazz to Your Health Promotion Program"

- Jim Mann, executive director and chief science officer at Handwashing for Life Institute

- Richard Purtell, RPA, portfolio manager at Daymark Realty Advisors, Inc.

- David Shadovitz, editor of Human Resource Executive

The Healthy Workplace Project Award provides a unique opportunity for companies to be recognized for their efforts in encouraging employee wellness, says Jim Mann, executive director and chief science officer of the Handwashing for Life Institute. I look forward to reviewing the entries we receive and sharing the best practices of companies that are creating a workplace culture that values employee wellness.

Managers or employees from any office environment with a strong commitment to workplace health, employee education and engagement are encouraged to submit an entry for The Healthy Workplace Project Award. You do not need to be a Kimberly-Clark Professional customer to win. Winners will receive a customizable prize package valued at $15,000 (grand prize), $10,000 (first prize) and $5,000 (second prize), which will include health and wellness services such as health counseling, cooking demonstrations, comprehensive health screenings, educational programs and therapeutic massages. In addition, winners will receive a variety of KLEENEX® and SCOTT® Brand products. Prizes will be awarded prior to the next flu season.

To submit an entry, visit and complete an online questionnaire about your companys hand hygiene initiative and how its success was measured.

Entries are being accepted now through April 30, 2012. Winners will be announced at the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International 2012 Every Building Conference & Expo, taking place June 2012 in Seattle.

Implementing hand and surface hygiene initiatives in the workplace is essential to reducing the spread of germs and creating a positive impact on employee productivity and morale, says Richard Thorne, vice president of Kimberly-Clark Professional North America. Our judges specialize in germ transmission, health advocacy and employee engagement and share our commitment to helping companies promote hand and surface hygiene in the office. We look forward to recognizing those companies that have demonstrated a strong, sustained commitment to workplace wellness initiatives and education.