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STOP! Clean Your Hands Day Emphasizes Importance of Washing Hands For Hygiene – But How You Dry Them Is Important Too!

<p class='bwalignc'> <b>New Study Reconfirms Paper Towels Are Most Hygienic Method to Dry Hands After Washing</b> </p>

Monday, May 07, 2012

STOP! Clean Your Hands Day Emphasizes Importance of Washing Hands For Hygiene – But How You Dry Them Is Important Too!12:29 EDT Monday, May 07, 2012 CANDIAC, Quebec (Business Wire) -- North America's fourth largest producer of towel and tissue paper, Cascades Tissue Group, applauds the third annual “STOP! Clean Your Hands Day,” today, May 7, for building greater awareness for the importance of hand hygiene. The day also marks a good time to note that paper towels are the most hygienic choice when it comes to drying hands. A recent study conducted by the Bradford Infection Group, University of Bradford, and Dyson Limited, makers of the Dyson Airblade hand dryer, reported that “rubbing with paper towels appeared to be the best means of reducing bacterial loading on the fingertips.” These findings correlate with the results of an earlier study conducted by the University of Westminster, London. That study found that when participants used paper towels to dry their hands, the number of all types of bacteria on the hands was reduced by up to 77 percent, and that air dryers actually increased the number of most bacteria on the hands – up to 254 percent more for warm air dryers and 42 percent more for jet air dryers. In addition to examining the bacteria on users' hands, the study also looked at the potential contamination of other users and the washroom environment. The study found that the jet air dryer was capable of blowing microorganisms up to six-and-a-half feet away, potentially contaminating users and the washroom. Traditional warm air dryers spread microorganisms less than one foot away, while paper towels showed no significant spread of microorganisms. The final portion of the study looked at the number of bacteria in the machines themselves. Some of the bacteria found were potential pathogens that could cause disease (E. coli, Staphylococcus). Based on the results of this study, the use of warm air dryers and jet dryers should be carefully considered in locations where hygiene is of great importance. These places include hospitals, clinics, schools, nurseries, care homes, kitchens and other food preparation areas. “Third-party research has recognized paper hand towels as being the best and most hygienic hand drying method for forty years,” said Cascades Tissue Group CEO Suzanne Blanchet. “We find it especially telling that this new study came to the same conclusion and we're proud to produce products that are both environmentally-preferable and the most hygienic available.” Cascades produces, converts and markets packaging and tissue products that are composed mainly of recycled fiber. Additionally, the Cascades' Tandem® No Touch dispensing system further helps reduce the incidence of pathogen cross-contamination, as damp hands never touch the dispenser. In 2010, Cascades launched the Intelligent® Cascades® Antibacterial Hand Towel in Canada, an innovative first in the paper industry. As it absorbs the water from hands, its highly soluble antibacterial ingredient is transferred from the hand towel to the skin. This simple action quickly reduces the number of pathogen bacteria that remain on the skin. About Cascades Tissue GroupCascades Tissue Group is a division of manufacturing and packaging leader Cascades, Inc. (CAS Toronto Exchange), a pioneer in recycled paper manufacturing. The division has 17 mills spread throughout North America, including 10 in the United States. Its towel and tissue products are generally considered single-use goods – a fact motivating Cascades to remain an industry model of forward-thinking manufacturing, sustainability and carbon avoidance. For more information about Cascades Tissue Group, visit www.afh.cascades.com or www.sustain.cascades.com Sources : http://www.handhygiene.ca/English/Pages/default.aspx Journal of Applied Microbiology, Comparative evaluation of the hygienic efficacy of an ultra-rapid hand dryer vs conventional warm air hand dryersFor Cascades Tissue GroupKohnstamm CommunicationsTroy Tepley, 651-789-1277troy@kohnstamm.comorAaron Berstler, 651-789-1264aaron@kohnstamm.com