Students can Become ‘Hand Washing Champions’ in Celebration of Global Handwashing Day on October 15th

CHARLOTTE, N.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Each year on October 15th, over 200 million people in over 100 countries
take part in celebrations to mark Global Handwashing Day. Once again, Deb
is heavily involved in this day of advocacy, which promotes
handwashing with soap as an easy, effective, and affordable way to
prevent infections and save lives.

First held in 2008, Global Handwashing Day is designed to support a
global and local handwashing culture, shine a spotlight on the state of
handwashing around the world, and raise awareness about the benefits of
the practice. The day is endorsed by a wide array of governments,
international institutions, civil society organizations, NGOs, private
companies, and individuals.

This year’s theme, “Make Handwashing a Habit!” highlights the importance
of making hand washing as a ritual behavior. To be effective, hand
hygiene needs to occur regularly at key times, such as after using the
washroom or before contact with food.

Deb is encouraging elementary schools in the United States to inspire
their students to become “Hand Washing Champions”, with activities and
lessons aimed at making the hand washing procedure at school fun,
engaging, and memorable.

Throughout the next few months, Deb will be running a national “Happy
Hands Contest”, where students are encouraged to design their own soap
dispensers and enter their creations into a competition. The winning
student designs will be announced in January. Furthermore the winning
design will be reproduced on a custom dispenser, which Deb will supply
to the school free of charge across all their washrooms.

“Global Handwashing Day is a fantastic opportunity for people around the
world to come together in celebration and support of better hand
hygiene,” said Isabelle Faivre, Vice President of Marketing, Deb North
America. “We are thrilled to be working with schools in the United
States to support their efforts to make handwashing a daily routine for
their students. Encouraging children from an early age and getting them
into the habit of washing their hands as part of their school day will
help ensure that this practice becomes part of their lifelong routine.”

Deb is working towards behavior change in schools with a range of
brightly colored and attractive soap dispensers, which are designed to
help engage children in the hand washing process. Dispensing systems are
more hygienic, economical and environmentally-preferable than bar soap
or bulk fill systems, and easy to operate for children.

In addition to dispensers and a comprehensive range of skin care
products, Deb also provides schools with a range of training and
educational materials to ensure hand hygiene compliance is adhered to in
educational institutions around the country.

For more information on the Happy Hands Contest and how to register your
school, please visit

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


For Deb Group
Christina Alvarez