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

Deb Group
Posted on: 28 Nov 16

Get your tissues ready, because cold or the flu is quickly approaching. Sick leave due to colds is currently estimated to cost Canadian businesses $16.6 billion each year.1Deb Canada 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 Patrick Boshell, Director of Marketing at Deb Canada. “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 morale.”

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 formula of Deb InstantFOAM hand sanitizer kills many common germs. It has been specifically designed to provide a high level of hand hygiene ideal for commercial workplaces and food service and manufacturing facilities.

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 Canada 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, please contact Deb at

About Deb Group

Headquartered in the UK and with Canadian headquarters in Waterford, ON, 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

1 The Conference Board of Canada, 2011

2 American Journal of Preventive Medicine

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Last updated on: 28/11/2016

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