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Dollars and Sense: Five Ways to Find Money for a Hand Hygiene Program.

HOW TO ADVOCATE FOR HAND HYGIENE IMPROVEMENT

When students, parents and teachers see the PURELL® brand, it sends a clear signal that you care about cleanliness and the well-being of students. In a recent survey, 82% of people said that seeing PURELL® products left a positive overall impression of the facility providing them.[1]

Additional spending typically requires board approval, but connecting with enough advocates throughout the school, such as nurses, foodservice coordinators or faculty members can help your cause.

Visit the Teacher Resource Center for lots of helpful information on the benefits of a comprehensive hand hygiene program, and the positive outcomes that the PURELL® brand can provide for your school.

 

FIVE WAYS TO FIND MONEY FOR A HAND HYGIENE PROGRAM:

Hand hygiene is crucial to students’ success in – and out – of the classroom. Illness causes 144 million lost school days each year[2], but research shows that when combined with a curriculum to teach students about good hand hygiene, PURELL® products are proven to reduce absenteeism by 51%[3].

While some schools’ general facilities budget may cover sanitizer in addition to soap, it’s always worth inquiring whether sanitizer is included. The proven benefits of PURELL® Advanced Hand Sanitizer make it worth considering these additional funding sources:

  • General facilities budget

  • Athletic department

  • Nutrition budget

  • Administrative budget

  • PTA/Booster clubs

HELP KEEP YOUR SCHOOL HEALTHY WITH THE RIGHT PRODUCTS IN THE RIGHT LOCATIONS:

A good hand hygiene program can help teachers miss fewer days as well. Providing PURELL® Advanced Hand Sanitizer throughout your school can also help cut costs. Each day, 5.3% of our nation’s teachers are absent, and that costs up to $4 billion annually[4]. To help keep your school healthier, try offering PURELL® products in:

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  • Restrooms, locker rooms and athletic facilities

  • Cafeterias, classrooms, administrative offices and teachers’ lounges

  • Main entrances, bus loading areas and other high-traffic areas

In addition to making hand hygiene products readily available, teaching students how to use them and the benefits they provide, your school can create a healthier learning environment. Check out Healthy Hands 101 for helpful information on hand hygiene, and share with the faculty to support your cause!

1. GOJO Industries, Inc. Market Research – External Market Research, 007-021, 7 April, 2015.

2. Benson V and Marano MA. 1998 National Center for Health Statistics. Vital and Health Statistics. Current Estimates from the National Health Interview Survey, 1995. Series 10, No 199. Page 62.

3. 218 Vol. 30 No.4 (Guinan, Maryellen), The Effect of a Comprehensive Handwashing Program on Elementary School Absenteeism, American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC), 2002.

4. Teacher Absence as a Leading Indicator of Student Achievement, Center for American Progress, November 2012.