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Cascades Launches Information Campaign on Hand Drying
Date:10/29/2009

the drying efficiency and bacterial contamination of hot-air dryers, including the new jet air dryer, with that of paper hand towels. The results are impressive: researchers have observed an important and significant reduction in the number of bacteria on hands of participants who used paper hand towels. The study of Taylor et al. (7) has effectively shown that when using paper hand towel, bacteria are transferred from wet hands to the paper (7), thus reducing the number of residual bacteria on the hands. Moreover, the study of Westminster has shown that the jet air dryer can propel microorganisms to up to 2 metres away, thus contaminating users as well as the washroom's environment.

In Canada, the Public Health Agency and the Department of Health and Social Services in Quebec also recommend hand drying with paper. "Since 1964, Cascades has been producing high quality products that are in compliance with high environmental standards. We are now convinced that our products play a key role in a very critical issue: that of minimizing the spreading of microorganisms but also when it comes to avoid touching doors and faucets. We recognize that it is crucial to properly wash our hands, but now we must inform people of the importance of properly drying them using paper hand towels", stated Suzanne Blanchet, President of Cascades Tissue Group.

To learn more on the information campaign and the aforementioned studies, go to www.cascades.com/bacteria

References: ¹Blackmore and Prisk 1984, ²Blackmore 1989, ³Knights et al. 1997, 4 Redwa
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