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Tork Launches “Safe at Work” Toolkit to Help Front Line Healthcare Workers Carry On

04/30/2020

PHILADELPHIA, April 30, 2020 – In connection to World Hand Hygiene Day on May 5, Tork, the leading global professional hygiene brand, is launching the Safe at Work: COVID-19 Healthcare Toolkit. This free, downloadable toolkit offers resources and guidelines for front line healthcare workers to implement effective hand hygiene, surface hygiene and hand sanitizer dispenser placement practices to support continued efforts to protect patients and staff.
 
Proper hand hygiene techniques significantly reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus, and handwashing is one of the most important methods of preventing further spread among hospitals and long-term care facilities. As communities across the country outline phased reopening plans amid the global coronavirus pandemic, hand hygiene will continue to be a crucial protection for mitigating infection spread. 
 
The Safe at Work: COVID-19 Healthcare Toolkit supports healthcare facility staff by providing actionable recommendations that contribute to elevating overall hygiene. The toolkit includes proper handwashing and hand sanitizing procedures, as well as downloadable instruction signage and it is available for free on www.torkusa.com/safeatwork.
 
The World Health Organization (WHO) has designated 2020 as the “Year of the Nurse and Midwife,” this World Hand Hygiene Day, Tork is celebrating nurses, midwives, as well as all front line healthcare staff. 
 
“According to WHO, clean hands are key for healthcare professionals to stop the spread of diseases and infections, meaning clean hands really make all the difference,” said Thomas Bergin, Marketing Director, Professional Hygiene, Essity North America. “As an act of appreciation, we have launched the Safe at Work: COVID-19 Healthcare Toolkit. We want to support healthcare professionals in these extremely challenging times.”
 
According to a global survey of healthcare professionals, one fifth of healthcare professionals stated their hand hygiene training is too theoretical.* To provide a more hands-on approach, the free Tork Virtual Reality (VR) Clean Hands Training app can help reinforce hand hygiene training. Information on how to use this application can be found in the toolkit.
 
Visit www.torkusa.com/safeatwork to download your Safe at Work: COVID-19 Healthcare Toolkit.
 
About the survey*
The online survey was conducted by United Minds on behalf of Tork and in collaboration with the panel provider CINT. The survey covered five markets: United States, United Kingdom, Sweden, Germany and Poland. A total of 1,017 healthcare professionals answered the survey. The field period of the survey lasted from 23 November to 7 December, 2018. Read more about the study here.
 
For more information, please contact:
Catherine Lincoln, Weber Shandwick, clincoln@webershandwick.com
 
About Tork
The Tork brand offers professional hygiene products and services to customers worldwide ranging from restaurants and healthcare facilities to offices, schools and industries. Our products include dispensers, paper towels, toilet tissue, soap, napkins, wipers, but also software solutions for data-driven cleaning. Through expertise in hygiene, functional design and sustainability, Tork has become a market leader that supports customers to think ahead so they’re always ready for business. Tork is a global brand of Essity, and a committed partner to customers in over 110 countries. To keep up with the latest Tork news and innovations, please visit www.torkusa.com 
 
About Essity
Essity is a leading global hygiene and health company dedicated to improving well-being through products and solutions, essentials for everyday life. The name Essity stems from the words ‘essentials’ and ‘necessities’. Our sustainable business model creates value for people and nature. Sales are conducted in approximately 150 countries under the leading global brands TENA and Tork, and other strong brands, such as JOBST, Leukoplast, Libero, Libresse, Lotus, Nosotras, Saba, Tempo, Vinda and Zewa. Essity has about 47,000 employees and net sales in 2018 amounted to approximately $13.7 billion. The headquarters is located in Stockholm, Sweden, and the company is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm. More information at www.essity.com.

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