Keep Colds and the Flu Away This Winter – with an Effective Hand Hygiene Program

CHARLOTTE, N.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Get your tissues ready, because cold or the flu is quickly approaching.
Sick leave due to colds is currently estimated to cost U.S. businesses
$576 billion each year.1 Deb
today launched its Clean
Hands Stay Healthy
campaign with educational resources, including
infographics and guides, to help companies prevent the spread of germs
and bacteria this flu season.

Given that 80 percent of all infections are transmitted by hands,
regular handwashing with soap is widely seen as one of the most
effective ways to prevent the spread of germs and bacteria – and avoid
infections. This practice could reduce the number of people catching
colds by 45 percent, according to estimates.2

“Hands are the main transmitter of germs because we use them to carry
out most tasks during the day,” said Isabelle Faivre, Vice President of
Marketing, Deb North America. “By implementing an effective hand hygiene
program, companies can reduce the impact and frequency of cold and flu
outbreaks, which often cause decreased productivity and low staff

Deb Group offers skin care solutions that have been designed to help
employees integrate hand hygiene into their working day with as much
ease as possible – from regular handwashing with soap to the use of hand
sanitizers where access to running water is inconvenient.

Deb’s foam soap solutions require 36 percent less product for an
effective hand wash compared with traditional liquid or lotion soaps.
This makes them a cost-effective choice, especially in environments
where handwashing needs to be frequent if infections are to be avoided.

The highly-effective broad spectrum formula of Deb InstantFOAM Complete
hand sanitizer kills up to 99.9999 percent of common germs. It has been
specifically designed to provide a high level of hand hygiene even in
the most sensitive environments such as cruise ships and long-term care

BioCote silver ion technology has been incorporated into the full range
of Deb’s built-to-last dispensers. This effectively reduces bacteria,
mold and fungi on the surface for the life of the dispenser. The
dispensers can be fully customized, allowing companies to feature their
own branding on the equipment, if they wish to do so.

Deb Group also provides supporting materials to help companies educate
and train employees about the importance of regular hand hygiene and
what they can do to prevent colds and the flu this winter. For more
information, visit
For a free trial of Deb InstantFOAM Complete, please contact Deb at

About Deb Group

Headquartered in the UK and with North American headquarters in
Charlotte, N.C., Deb Group provides dedicated skin care programs for a
wide range of industries and organizations that value their employee and
customer well-being.

In 2014, Deb Group acquired Stoko Professional Skin Care to become the
world’s largest specialist occupational skin care company. The combined
organization encompasses 23 companies operating in 19 countries, with
Deb products used over 150 million times every day. The Deb product
lines include Travabon®, Stokoderm®, Refresh,
Estesol®, Solopol®, Kresto®, Deb
InstantFOAM, Stokolan® and KrestoGT.

In 2015, Deb Group was acquired by SC Johnson, a privately held, family
company and one of the world’s leading manufacturers of household
cleaning products, and products for home storage, air care, pest control
and shoe care. To learn more, visit


2 American Journal of Preventive Medicine


Christina Alvarez
Mulberry Marketing Communications