Tork manufacturer SCA has set a new Guinness World Record for the highest number of people sanitising their hands at the same time. The event took place at a US football stadium where 2151 supporters simultaneously sanitised their hands before a Philadelphia Union v LA Galaxy football match.
The aim of the world record-breaking attempt was to mark this year’s Global Handwashing Day on 15 October. This annual event aims to highlight the importance of hand washing.
"Professional sporting events such as the Union-Galaxy game - which attracts millions of people annually - are the perfect venue to drive home the important message of proper hand hygiene," said Don Lewis, president of SCA Tissue North America. "We feel it necessary to continue to promote frequent and proper hand sanitation to avoid the spread of germs."
To establish the world record fans placed a small amount of Tork hand sanitiser on their hands and simultaneously rubbed their hands together for 60 seconds before an on-site Guinness representative declared the new record officially established.
According to Donna Duberg, assistant professor of clinical laboratory science at Saint Louis University, and a member of the Tork Green Hygiene Council,: "The best way to prevent the spread of germs is to wash and dry hands often, and instant hand sanitiser is one of the most effective ways to maintain proper hand hygiene when warm water and soap are not available."