MONTREAL, Jan. 21, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ -As we begin a new year, gastroenteritis and the flu have hit hard. We
know that hand washing is crucial to limit their spread, especially in
public places. A recent study by the renowned Mayo Clinic, whose
conclusions Cascades supports, sheds some light on the major role that
inadequate hand drying plays in the spread of germs and bacteria.
Drying with paper towels the best option
The Mayo Clinic study uses research to support its claim that "paper
towels can dry hands efficiently, remove bacteria effectively and cause
less contamination of the washroom environment" and that "paper towels
reduced the numbers of all types of bacteria on the hands. However, the
hot air dryer increased all types of bacteria on the hands."
"Usually, instructions on proper hygiene focus on handwashing, without
informing people of the risks associated with inadequate drying. Even
though Cascades produces paper towels, we want to add our voice to that
of other groups so people adopt behaviours that are more effective in
controlling the spread of infectious diseases. As well, we're
addressing an issue we know something about, which is drying the hands
with paper," said Suzanne Blanchet, President and CEO of Cascades
Since bacteria are more likely to be transmitted from wet skin than dry
skin, proper drying after washing should be an integral part of the
hand hygiene process.
"While the public is concerned about the risk of contamination,
particularly now with the number of cases of gastroenteritis and the
flu, this information about hand drying can lead us to question our
habits. We think it's important to give the facts to as many people as
possible and contribute in our own way to controlling the spread of
germs," said Mrs. Blanchet.
About Cascades Tissue Group
Cascades Tissue Group, a division of Cascades, ULC, is the fourth
largest manufacturer of tissue paper in North America. Founded in 1964, Cascades produces, converts and markets packaging and
tissue products that are composed mainly of recycled fiber. The company
employs more than 12,000 employees, who work in more than 100 units
located in North America and Europe. With its management philosophy,
half a century of experience in recycling, and continuous efforts in
research and development as driving forces, Cascades continues to serve
its clients with innovative products. Cascades' shares trade on the
Toronto Stock Exchange, under the ticker symbol CAS. For more
information about Cascades Tissue Group and its environmental product
line, visit www.afh.cascades.com.
The full text of the Mayo clinic study is available here: www.mayoclinicproceedings.org/article/S0025-6196(12)00393-X/fulltext
SOURCE: Cascades Tissue Group