For Immediate Release: October 13, 2016
Contact: HCA Communications
Media Line: (
714) 834-2178

OC Health Care Agency Launches Creative Handwashing Campaign
on Global Handwashing Day


(Santa Ana, CA) – To commemorate the creative call of Global Handwashing Day, the OC Health Care Agency (HCA) launched The Art of Handwashing campaign to encourage handwashing best practices among Orange County businesses.

The campaign kicked off this month with the development of three artist-inspired handwashing signs available to Orange County businesses for free in English, Spanish and Vietnamese. In addition to the innovative colorful signs, a storyboard depicting the importance of handwashing is also available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Korean and Chinese.

“Our goal is to draw attention to the importance of handwashing in preventing the spread of disease and foodborne illness,” said Liza Frias, Director of Environmental Health. “So, we gave the tried and true message of ‘washing your hands before returning to work’ a colorful facelift.”

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Occurring annually on October 15, Global Handwashing Day is an opportunity to design, test, and replicate creative ways to encourage people to wash their hands with soap. This year, HCA met this challenge through the production of the new handwashing signs inspired by contemporary artists Andy Warhol, Milton Glaser and Saul Bass. Throughout the campaign, Environmental Health Inspectors will observe and recognize food workers during their unannounced inspections, who are using excellent handwashing techniques.

Businesses can request the free handwashing signs by calling HCA’s Environmental Health Division at (714) 433-6000.

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