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Tork(R) Celebrates National School Nurse Day with Tips to Keep Kids Out of the Nurse's Office Thorough Handwashing Key to Staying Healthy Says Hygiene and Disease Prevention Expert

PHILADELPHIA, May 10, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- National School Nurse's Day on May 12 is a time to honor some of the hardest working and oftentimes least appreciated members of the school staff who are charged with keeping an entire student body healthy. SCA Tissue's Tork(R) brand and the Tork(R) Green Hygiene Council(TM) aim to lend a hand by offering helpful hand hygiene tips to reduce student trips to the nurse's office.

"Parents can play an important role in the health of their children and reinforce the messages that school nurses share every day by encouraging their kids to wash their hands at home and in school washrooms frequently and properly," said Donna Duberg, Tork(R) Green Hygiene Council(TM) member and assistant professor of clinical laboratory science at Saint Louis University.

"It's important to teach students proper hand hygiene techniques early on to ensure healthy, lifelong handwashing habits and reduce the spread of bacteria and viruses." Following are Duberg's recommendations: When should students wash their hands? Good hand hygiene is especially important during flu seasons and when you are in school or other public places. Wash your hands often and dry them thoroughly. If available, use an instant hand sanitizer as a supplement between washes. To prevent infection and cross-contamination you should wash your hands: -- After arriving at school (especially if you ride the bus) -- Before meals or eating any food -- After visiting the washroom -- After sneezing -- After arriving home -- When hands are visibly dirty What is the best way to wash and dry your hands? When you go to a public washroom, washing your hands properly should take about as long as singing "Happy Birthday" twice. Here are some simple steps to follow: -- Wet hands with clean, warm water -- Apply soap -- Rub hands together vigorously and scrub all surfaces for 20 seconds. Remember to wash both of your thumbs as thumbs are quite often skipped in the handwashing process.

-- Make sure to wash under nails, watches and jewelry since millions of germs gather there -- Rinse with clean water -- Dry hands with a single-use paper towel until they are completely dry -- Use the paper towel to avoid contact with frequently touched surfaces while leaving the washroom, such as the faucet and door handles -- Since hands are to be washed frequently, use mild and gentle soaps After washing and drying your hands: -- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth -- Avoid close contact such as shaking hands or giving high-fives in the hall, especially with sick friends -- Cough or sneeze against your sleeve or in a paper tissue that you throw in a waste basket About Tork(R) The Tork(R) brand offers a complete range of products and services within hygiene and cleaning for away from home washrooms, healthcare, food service and industry. Through customer understanding and particular expertise in hygiene and sustainability, Tork(R) has become a market leader in many segments and a committed partner to businesses in over 90 countries. Tork(R) is a global brand in the SCA portfolio. To keep up with the latest Tork(R) news and innovations, please visit: www.torkusa.com.

About SCA SCA is a global hygiene and paper company that develops and produces personal-care products, tissue, packaging solutions, publication papers and solid-wood products. SCA has many well-known brands, including the global brands TENA and Tork(R). In 2009 global sales were $14.5 billion. SCA conducts sales in 100 countries and has 50,000 employees. More information at www.sca.com About the Tork(R) Green Hygiene Council(TM) (TGHC) Tork(R) created the Tork(R) Green Hygiene Council(TM) (TGHC) to assist in its ongoing commitment to providing environmentally friendly and hygienic away from home washroom solutions. Comprised of top professional and academic authorities from across the country on green building, corporate sustainability, hygiene and germ prevention, the TGHC is a council of four experts that offer holistic and trusted perspectives on how businesses can create sustainable and healthy work and home environments. The TGHC provides independent feedback and advice on Tork(R)'s environmentally and hygienically friendly initiatives, serves as valued professional resources to Tork(R)'s partners and customers and provides expertise and industry insight. The TGHC exists to enhance global awareness of proper sustainability and hygiene practices to make the world a greener, safer and cleaner place to live and work.

For more information or to arrange an interview with Tork(R) executives or Donna Duberg, Tork(R) Green Hygiene Council(TM) member, please contact Steve Mann at (312) 616-3830 or smann@c-k.com.

SOURCE: SCA CONTACT: Steve Mann, Cramer-Krasselt 312.616.3830 OR smann@c-k.com Copyright Business Wire 2010 -0- KEYWORD: United States

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