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In Sickness And In Health, Distributors Champion The Cause
Summer is festival season, and theres nothing I love more than a good festival. Unfortunately, theres nothing I hate more than using one of the requisite portable toilets toilets also frequented by hundreds of other festival-goers.
As if the experience isnt unpleasant enough, nobody washes their hands after using the facilities. In fact, seldom is there access to hand-washing stations.
While I carry a healthy stock of hand-sanitizing wipes in my purse for just such occasions, Id venture to guess few others do.
So I was pleasantly surprised to find hand-sanitizer dispensers adorning the walls of porta-potties at a recent festival. These dispensers are also becoming common at least in some U.S. cities in gas stations and in the produce departments of grocery stores.
I came down with a cold not long after the festival, but I wasnt quick to blame outdoor toilets after reading Becky Mollenkamps article on germ warfare (This Means War). Mollenkamps article is full of compelling statistics that distributors can rattle off when educating customers about the costs associated with illness-causing germs. She also cites some noteworthy findings you may not have heard before, such as that the average desk has 400 times more germs than the average toilet seat. Portable toilets were found to be cleaner than shopping cart handles!
Similarly, an unusually high number of hepatitis A cases have been reported in Boston this year. The virus, which is spread by hand-to-mouth contact or eating or drinking contaminated food, could easily be wiped out if people simply washed their hands. See Newsworthy for the full story.
Jan/san distributors know that improving health and sanitation a noble cause in itself is also their bread and butter. But while health and cleanliness concerns frame what distributors do for a living, customers need constant enlightenment. Their health and the general publics depends on it.
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