Sick of Germs in the Workplace?

                       Sick of Germs in the Workplace?

Fight Back with Eugene "Call me Hi Gene" Hammer

PR Newswire

ROSWELL, Ga., Nov. 14, 2012

ROSWELL, Ga., Nov. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Do workplace germs gross you out?
Having trouble getting co-workers to adopt good hygiene habits? Then Eugene
Hammer just might be your man.

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The star of a new video series designed to tackle the spread of cold and flu
germs, Eugene is a germ-conscious employee's dream come true – a guy who'll
jolt less hygienic co-workers into action. It's also an instance where germs
and "going viral" could prove to be a winning combination.

That's because the first 250 people who view the videos will receive a desk
caddy with Kleenex hand sanitizers, anti-viral facial tissue and Scott
sanitizing wipes. Plus they'll be treated to a series of entertaining
encounters as Eugene encourages a wacky group of workers to "take the pledge"
and break the chain of germ transmission via a three-step "wash, wipe,
sanitize" protocol.

It's a serious message delivered all in good fun by Eugene "Call me Hi Gene"
Hammer, who is portrayed with over-the-top enthusiasm by actor Lester Speight
("Transformers," "Norbit").

The five-episode series is being released by The Healthy Workplace Project, a
Kimberly-Clark Professional program that gets employees actively involved in
helping to reduce the spread of cold and flu germs throughout the office. It
will be rolled out every two weeks on The Healthy Workplace Project website

Research shows that more than one-third of employees are germ-conscious and
care about the health and cleanliness of the workplace.

"We're trying to help these advocates transform their workplaces by
influencing co-workers as well as their office and facility managers," said
Joel Schellhammer, Go to Market Director, Offices and Education,
Kimberly-Clark Professional. "Eugene, with his unorthodox methods and
humorous approach, is a champion of these conscientious employees. He gets
workers to pay attention and take germ prevention seriously." 

View Videos, Win Prizes
To keep office workers healthy during cold and flu season, Kimberly-Clark
Professional will send a supply of desk caddies to the first 250 viewers who
watch the videos. Considering that 98 percent of workers are affected by minor
illnesses each year, the caddies should come in handy. For details and contest
information, visit

The Healthy Workplace Project is a Kimberly-Clark Professional initiative that
takes an innovative approach to hand and surface hygiene to help employees
understand, eliminate and prevent the spread of cold and flu germs throughout
their offices. It aims to put a dent in the 560 million expected cases of the
common cold this year and reduce the absenteeism and productivity losses from
colds, the flu and other illnesses. It does so by providing a comprehensive
range of educational materials and innovative solutions to maintain hand and
surface cleanliness, including:

  oThe Healthy Workplace Project Desk Caddy, with three tools for washing,
    wiping and sanitizing – Kleenex moisturizing instant hand sanitizer,
    Kleenex anti-viral facial tissue and Scott disinfectant wipes.
  oThe Kimberly-Clark Professional Automatic Door Handle Disinfector, a new
    offering that safely and effectively kills 99.9 percent of most common
    viruses and bacteria on the door handle.
  oThe Electronic Skin Care Cassette Dispenser Floor Stand, a portable
    instant hand sanitizing station that can be placed in multiple locations.
  oEducational materials, including content on The Healthy Workplace Project
    website, the Eugene Hammer videos, posters and other signage to encourage
    employees to adopt healthier hand and surface hygiene habits.

"The good news is you can significantly reduce your chances of catching a cold
by practicing effective prevention measures," Schellhammer said. "By
consistently following the wash, wipe, sanitize protocol, you can reduce your
chance of catching a cold or the flu by as much as 80 percent." 

To view the videos or for more information about The Healthy Workplace
Project, go to

About The Healthy Workplace Project
The Healthy Workplace Project is a multi-faceted program designed by
Kimberly-Clark Professional to help companies provide their employees with a
healthier and more productive office environment. It offers a unique approach
to hand and surface hygiene that helps employees understand how germs are
transmitted to help stop their spread throughout the workplace. The program
provides educational materials in conjunction with hand and surface hygiene
products to employees, arming them with the tools and knowledge necessary to
break the cycle of germ transmission in the office. By reinforcing the
importance of the three-step protocol of "wash, wipe, sanitize" through The
Healthy Workplace Project, employers can help reduce that impact. For more
information, visit

About Kimberly-Clark Professional
Kimberly-Clark Professional partners with businesses to create Exceptional
Workplaces helping to make them safer, healthier, and more productive. Key
brands in this segment include: Kleenex, Scott, WypAll, Kimtech, and Jackson
Safety. Kimberly-Clark Professional, located in Roswell, Ga., is one of
Kimberly-Clark Corporation's four business sectors. To see how we are helping
people the world over, work better, please visit

About Kimberly-Clark
Kimberly-Clark and its well-known global brands are an indispensable part of
life for people in more than 175 countries. Every day, nearly a quarter of the
world's population trust K-C's brands and the solutions they provide to
enhance their health, hygiene and well-being. With brands such as Kleenex,
Scott, Huggies, Pull-Ups, Kotex and Depend, Kimberly-Clark holds the No. 1 or
No. 2 share position in more than 80 countries. To keep up with the latest K-C
news and to learn more about the company's 140-year history of innovation,

SOURCE Kimberly-Clark Professional

Contact: Laura Weitzenhoff or Rachel Gross, Schwartz MSL, +1-781-684-0770,; Kara Herron, Kimberly-Clark Professional,
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