Welcome to Handwashing Works!

We are pleased to introduce this very special handwashing education program.

Essity, a global hygiene and health company, has set out to make a difference and improve hygiene standards in schools. The goal of this program is to help establish and reinforce handwashing habits, which will help to decrease the spread of germs throughout schools and in your home.

After two years of development we are very pleased to introduce Handwashing Works! Through Essity’s Essentials Initiative (formerly known as Hygiene Matters) we discovered the need for more in-depth hand hygiene education for children. Handwashing Works is a resource for PreK through 2nd grade educators to use when delivering handwashing education in their schools. They can order a free instruction kit which includes a lesson plan and materials for in-class activities. Students learn the five steps to follow for effective handwashing and when they should wash their hands.

Essity teamed up with the School District of Philadelphia and Temple University’s College of Public Health to measure the impact of hand hygiene education on student behavior. The study was conducted by Heather M. Murphy, Ph.D., P.Eng and Deirdre Dingman, DrPH, MPH, CHES with support from Temple graduate students.

The study findings revealed that nearly 45% of the students participating in the study increased the quality of their handwashing. Temple evaluators observed students and scoring was applied to each child’s handwashing activity (following handwashing steps in order, scrubbing their hands for 20 seconds, drying their hands) over a period of time.

Anna B Pratt Pre-K Handwashing Students

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Handwashing Education Milestones

Our First Handwashing Event

Our Mother of Consolation, 15 First Graders

The Big Idea

Essity researches and finds a need for a robust handwashing education program.

Global Handwashing Partnership
The Creation of the Handwashing Works Program

Handwashing Works is born!

New Program Launch and Study Commenced

School District of Philadelphia and Temple University College of Public Health

Our First Official Handwashing Works event

Fitzpatrick School Bright Futures Pre-K Program, 67 new handwashing masters

Handwashing Works National Launch

We are proud to announce the national launch of our Handwashing Works through our new website!

Essity's Jammin Jingle Challenge
First Community Event

Please Touch Museum Global Handwashing Day Activation