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  • The History of Happy Hands

    9/25/2020 5:20:00 PM +00:00

    By SC Johnson Professional USA, Inc.

    A picture containing toy, dollDescription automatically generatedHappy Hands, a contest that asks students in the 50 United States and District of Columbia attending K-12 schools to design a soap dispenser that conveys the importance of proper hand hygiene in a creative manner, kicked off August 15.  Happy Hands began as an extension of the “Soap Dispenser Design” contest that the Deb Group, which was later acquired by and is now known as SC Johnson Professional USA, Inc., offered to students from Anchorage School District during the fall of 2015. It was expanded nationally to promote consistent and proper hand hygiene among children in a fun and creative way.

    Hand hygiene is vital in helping to reduce the spread of germs in schools, in particular with the threat of SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19, as students return to school[1]. Encouraging children and young adults to follow a routine of handwashing will help instill a habit of positive hand hygiene compliance that can continue into adulthood.

    Back for its fourth year, the contest has evolved to offer bigger (and better) prizes for the finalists. This year, the design with the most votes in each category will receive $1,000 for the two grand prize winners’ school, a $300 gift card for each student, and up-to 1,000 1-Liter manual soap/sanitizer dispensers featuring the winning design. There are two categories - one for elementary schools (K-5) and one for middle/high schools (6-12). Submissions must promote the use of soap or hand washing, and are evaluated for visual appeal, overall design, creativity, and unique design elements.

    A close up of a bottleDescription automatically generatedAdditionally, the first 50 teachers to submit 15 or more student designs will receive a prize basket that includes a variety of SC Johnson® products to keep classrooms clean and organized, such as hand sanitizer, Refresh® Azure FOAM hand soap, Ziploc® brand bags, Windex® Multi-Surface Disinfectant Sanitizer Cleaner and more.

    Encouraging students to create a design is a fun reminder to continue instilling proper hand washing habits. Register your school now at  happyhands.scjp.com to participate.  Submissions must be postmarked by November 30, 2020!

    Some past winning designs include:

     

    2017:

    Elementary School:  

     

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    2018:

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    2019:

     

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    Finalists in all categories will be announced by February 2, 2021. The public will be able to vote for their favorite designs beginning February 2, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. ET until February 28, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. ET. The official grand prize winners will be announced on or about April 1, 2021.

    For more information about the contest, visit happyhands.scjp.com. To learn more about SC Johnson Professional, visit scjp.com

    Contest Rules

    NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Open to K-12 schools in the 50 United States or the District of Columbia.  Contest starts on September 1, 2020 at 12:00:00 am Eastern Time & ends November 30, 2020 at 11:59:59 pm Eastern Time. Void where prohibited. To register and to download the necessary materials, go to https://happyhands.scjp.com.  Entries must be received by 11:59:59 pm Eastern Time on November 30, 2020.  Limit one entry per individual student at a school.  Grand Prizes (2):  $1,000 gift card and up to 1,000 1-Liter Manual soap/sanitizer dispensers with an approximate retail value of $5,000 for the winning school and a $300 gift card for the winning student entrant.  Teacher Gift Basket Prizes (50):  SC Johnson® product basket with an approximate retail value of $100.  See full Official Rules, which govern, at https://happyhands.scjp.com.  Sponsor: SC Johnson Professional USA, Inc., 2815 Coliseum Centre Dr., #600, Charlotte, NC 28217.

     

     


    [1] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2020, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/hand-hygiene.html

  • CHARLOTTE, N.C. — August 15, 2020 –  Ready, set, DRAW! Registration for SC Johnson Professional’s Happy Hands dispenser design contest is now open. The contest promotes the importance of hand washing and sanitizing at school by encouraging K-12 students to use their creative skills and imagination to design a custom soap/sanitizer dispenser. Schools can enter the contest online at https://happyhands.scjp.com now through November 30.

    “With hand hygiene now being more important than ever, it’s critical to keep it top of mind in schools,” said Mike Flagg, head of SC Johnson Professional’s North American business. “The Happy Hands contest allows students to express their artistic side while still learning the importance of having clean, healthy hands and preventing the spread of germs.”

    The Happy Hands dispenser design contest is open to all K-12 schools in the 50 United States or the District of Columbia. Each student may submit one dispenser design. The first 50 teachers to submit 15 or more student designs will receive a prize basket that includes a variety of SC Johnson products to keep classrooms clean and organized, such as SC Johnson Professional® Hand Sanitizer, Refresh® Azure FOAM hand soap, Ziploc® brand Bags, Windex® Multi-Surface Disinfectant Sanitizer Cleaner and much more.

    There will be two categories for elementary and middle/high school. Submissions will be evaluated for visual appeal, overall hand hygiene design, creativity and unique design elements. Designs must be submitted via mail and postmarked by November 30. Finalists in the elementary and middle/high school categories will be announced on February 2, 2021 and the public can then vote for their favorite designs. Voting closes on February 28, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. ET. See below for contest rules.

    The official grand prize winner announcement will be made in April 2021. The design with the most votes in each category will receive the top prize, which includes $1,000 for the two grand prize winners’ school, a $300 gift card for each student, and up-to 1,000 manual soap/sanitizer dispensers featuring the winning design.

    Visit the Happy Hands website to view the full Official Rules. After registering for the contest, schools will receive all coloring templates and free hand washing educational materials for their students. Schools can register at https://happyhands.scjp.com.

    For more information on the Happy Hands Contest, please contact Jessie Koerner at jkoerner@mulberrymc.com or (551) 265-6921.

    Contest Rules

    NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Open to K-12 schools in the 50 United States or the District of Columbia.  Contest starts on September 1, 2020 at 12:00:00 am Eastern Time & ends November 30, 2020 at 11:59:59 pm Eastern Time. Void where prohibited. To register and to download the necessary materials, go to https://happyhands.scjp.com.  Entries must be received by 11:59:59 pm Eastern Time on November 30, 2020.  Limit one entry per individual student at a school.  Grand Prizes (2):  $1,000 gift card and up to 1,000 1 Liter Manual soap/sanitizer dispensers with an approximate retail value of $5,000 for the winning school and a $300 gift card for the winning student entrant.  Teacher Gift Basket Prizes (50):  SC Johnson® product basket with an approximate retail value of $100.  See full Official Rules, which govern, at https://happyhands.scjp.com.  Sponsor: SC Johnson Professional USA, Inc., 2815 Coliseum Centre Dr., #600, Charlotte, NC 28217.

    About SC Johnson Professional

    SC Johnson Professional® is part of SC Johnson®, a 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, as well as professional products. The company has a long history in the professional market, in which it started operating in the 1930’s. 

    SC Johnson Professional® provides expert skin care, cleaning & hygiene solutions for industrial, institutional and healthcare users. This incorporates our range of specialist occupational skin care products along with well-known SC Johnson® brands and innovative professional cleaning & hygiene products.  

    The SC Johnson Professional® purpose is to bring innovative, quality products and services to professional markets with outstanding performance that respect the environment, create efficiencies, reduce inventories, simplify training and provide a positive user experience. This is built on a deep understanding of customer needs and a vision for ‘rethinking the professional experience’ with the user in mind. 

  • Stay Safe with Mosquito Awareness

    8/20/2020 4:16:00 PM +00:00

    By SC Johnson Professional

    World Mosquito Day, August 20, is a commemoration of the historic discovery that female mosquitos transmit malaria between humans, laying the foundation for scientists all over the world to better understand mosquito-human disease transmission.

    In lieu of celebrating the pesky pest that leaves us itching, World Mosquito Day aims to raise awareness of malaria and other mosquito-human disease prevention across the world.

    Here in the U.S., roughly 1,700 cases of malaria are diagnosed annually – the vast majority of which are from travelers who have come from countries where malaria transmission is more prevalent. These include Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, where more than 200 million new cases are reported each year.

    In addition, the U.S has seen an increase in yet another mosquito-borne illness over the past decade – West Nile virus – with more than 2,600 cases in 2018. And although less common in the U.S., mosquitos can also spread dengue fever, yellow fever, chikungunya and Zika virus.

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the best way to avoid a mosquito-borne disease such as West Nile virus is to prevent mosquito bites. But that’s easier said than done, especially for those who work outdoors during summer months when there is an increase in the number insects.

    Bites are also difficult to avoid because insects find humans so naturally enticing. They are attracted by our body heat, the lactic acid we emit when we perspire, and even the carbon dioxide we exhale.

    So, what’s a facility that employs outdoor summer workers to do? Offer employees protections in the form of insect repellants such as OFF!® Deep Woods® and encourage its daily use. If you don’t already offer your outdoor summer workers protections from mosquitos, here are some tips on how to start:

    • Make insect repellent with DEET or Picardin readily available to all outdoor employees and encourage them to apply it to exposed skin, as well as clothing. Why clothing? Because mosquitos can bite through clothing that’s not woven tightly enough.
    • Where appropriate, outdoor workers should wear long-sleeved shirts, pants, socks and hats, and treat their clothing and gear with permethrin (an insecticide).
    • To provide extra protection, encourage outdoor employees to apply both sunscreen AND insect repellent, but be sure they apply sunscreen first. Both sunscreens and repellants are more effective when used separately and tend to have different re-application requirements.

    For more information on SC Johnson Professional’s OFF!!® brand, visit https://off.com/en/product.

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  • By SC Johnson Professional

    Summer is almost over, which means students, faculty and staff are returning to educational facilities that have been closed since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Germs within a school are unavoidable but following proper cleaning protocols can aid in preventing the spread of germs and harmful pathogens.

    When preparing to reopen, facility managers should take a wholistic approach to maintain a safe and healthy environment. From installing additional hand hygiene stations to properly cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces, consider the following best practices to help with a successful start to the new school year:

    • Keep hand hygiene products stocked: According to the CDC, hand hygiene is one of the most effective ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick and prevent the spread of germs to others.[1]  Without access to hand soap or hand sanitizer it’s difficult to ensure proper handwashing protocols, so stock facilities with soaps that remove more than 99% of dirt and germs and contain skin moisturizers to help prevent dry skin, like SC Johnson Professional Refresh Foam Soap. When soap and water aren’t available, consider providing alcohol-free hand sanitizer that eliminates up to 99.99% of many type of common germs in as little as 15 seconds, like  SC Johnson Professional InstantFOAM™ Non-Alcohol Pure hand sanitizer or with 80% alcohol that kills 99.9999% of common germs in as little as 15 seconds, like InstantFOAM™ Complete Pure hand sanitizer.
    • Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces: High-touch surfaces can be breeding grounds for germs and harmful pathogens if not cleaned properly. Surfaces such as door handles, tables, desks, chairs, and light switches should be wiped down multiple times a day to reduce the spread of germs. Facility managers can use a multi-surface disinfectant such as Windex® Multi-Surface Disinfectant Sanitizer Cleaner that kills 99.9% of germs when used as directed. Or try Trushot 2.0™ Multi-surface, Restroom Cleaner & Disinfectant a fast and effective one-step spray and wipe virucide and disinfectant
    • Follow label instructions and contact times: To properly disinfect surfaces, facility managers should follow product labels that include safety and application instructions. Some products have specific contact times that need to be followed for effectiveness. If a product has a contact time of three minutes, that means that the surface should remain wet with the disinfectant for at least three minutes. Wiping away the product before the three minutes have passed can decrease the product’s effectiveness.
    • Revitalize floor surfaces:  While students are on break, take the opportunity to revitalize your floors for the new school year. Floors can be one of a school’s most expensive assets and tend to experience the most wear and tear. Day-to-day foot traffic creates scratches, and worn areas and soils become embedded in the flooring which can cause discoloration. To combat this, use a floor care product such as the SC Johnson Professional Floor Care System, which includes a stripper, finish and a cleaner that is low-odor and easy to work with on a daily basis. Implementing preventative measures, such as scrubbing and recoating regularly, along with corrective measures when necessary, helps reduce floor maintenance costs and can protect a school’s flooring.

     

    Now more than ever, it’s important to follow cleaning protocols closely in order to avoid spreading germs. The emergence of COVID-19 demonstrated just how important it is to ramp up cleaning processes along with using the right products to keep building occupants safe and healthy.

  • By SC Johnson Professional

    Floors tend to experience the most wear and tear within a building. Well-maintained floors can generate a positive experience for customers and give unity to a facility. Knowing how to properly care for floors after long periods of high traffic and inclement weather is key in promoting a positive brand image and protecting one of a building’s most expensive assets – its floors.

    It is important to understand how products work and which ones to use for specific applications. For example, floor finishes or coatings provide an aesthetically pleasing environment while extending the life of floors. Day-to-day foot traffic creates scratches and worn areas. Dirt and bacteria can accumulate in these areas, causing mold growth and floor discoloration. High-quality finishes, such as SC Johnson Professional® Ready-To-Use Multi-Surface Floor Finish Plus Sealer, adhere to most flooring substrates and provide excellent resistance to scuffs, heel marks and dirt embedment, keeping floors shiny and protected.

    If the floor finish in high-trafficked areas remains in good condition even after long periods  of time and use, facility managers may only have to clean floors thoroughly, which involves deep scrubbing with a product such as SC Johnson Professional® Multi-Surface Heavy Duty Neutral Floor Cleaner. Deep scrubbing involves removing the embedded soils from the floor, which prepares it for added layers of floor finish. This mildly aggressive process occurs when the floor is heavily soiled, gloss is low, and should be implemented to avoid significant degradation of the floor finish from heavy traffic. However, if the floor finish is considered ‘dull’ or ‘unresponsive’ to a scrub and recoat, and has major yellow discolorations, dark spots or any other stains, facility managers may have to strip the floor.

    When floors have not been maintained properly, the continuous buildup of dirt and bacteria becomes embedded in the floor covering and floor stripping is necessary. High quality floor strippers, such as SC Johnson Professional Hyper Concentrate Floor Stripper, allow you to efficiently strip layers of floor finish from your floor while minimizing overall disruption to the facility. If floors aren’t maintained regularly during the throughout the year, the chances of having to strip the floors increases. At Cornell University, a high-traffic Ivy League university, their experience with the low odor formulation expanded opportunities to schedule necessary floor care work. Chris Mott, a purchasing agent in Facilities and Campus Services for Cornell University said: “We no longer have to strip and wax floors at 3 a.m. to keep people away from odor. We can do our work at any time of day.”  

    It’s important for facility managers to keep up with regularly scheduled maintenance tasks. Implementing preventative measures, such as scrubbing and recoating regularly, along with corrective measures when necessary, helps reduce floor maintenance costs and protects an organization’s flooring.

    Designed to improve the way maintenance professionals work, the SC Johnson Professional Floor Care System, which includes a stripper, finish and a cleaner, seamlessly integrates into most existing workflows and requires minimal training. The low-odor system makes it pleasant to work with on a daily basis and is ideal for scent-sensitive environments such as hospitals, institutions and schools. According to Mott, his group has pared 13 different floor finishing products down to two – depending on the type of floor – and Cornell University now uses just one floor cleaner. In the case of Cornell University, switching to the SC Johnson Professional Floor Care System helped simplify floor care operations. A year ago, their Building Care used eight floor-stripping chemical products: now they utilize just one three-product system across their campus.

    For more information, visit https://www.scjohnson-professional.com/en-us/products/floor-care

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