With an estimated 80 percent of infections transmitted by hands, it’s easy to see why helping people around the world clean their hands is important. Dirty, contaminated hands provide an easy pathway for harmful viruses and bacteria to enter our bodies. A touch of the hand to eyes, nose or mouth is all it takes. Handling foods with unclean hands also can contaminate the food we eat, contributing to foodborne illness.


Hand washing may seem simple, but studies show that up to 95 percent of people don’t adequately wash their hands. So helping to properly clean 34 billion hands a year is a big deal.

How do we do it? We offer innovative hand soaps and sanitizers but we don’t stop there. We also design and develop dispensers so our soaps and sanitizers are easy to use and can be placed in areas that encourage frequent washing and sanitizing.

Our most recent hand hygiene innovation is the Nexa™ Hand Hygiene System, featuring concentrated hand soaps and sanitizers, plus an innovative dispenser and ready to- use cartridge — and big sustainability benefits:

  • Touch-free dispensers use 44 percent fewer batteries than the leading competitor’s solution.
  • The pump on the system’s recyclable bottles helps eliminate nearly all product waste.
  • The system reduces packaging waste by up to 90 percent.

Denise Chandler
Commercial Solutions, Equipment Care

“As leader of the Global Hand Hygiene group during development of Nexa, I led a team and collaborated with our businesses to determine the needs of our customers across divisions and around the world. Then I led product development from concept to commercialization to meet those needs. We were able to develop a consistent global hand hygiene platform that can be used by customers across business sectors and regions to help minimize their maintenance costs and needs. Also we developed the Nexa dilution system and a hand soap that works with the dispenser to meet specific needs for the food service market.”


Yamini Karandikar
Chemical Engineer
Healthcare, Hospitality and Commercial Division, RD&E

“Nexa Concentrates was a first-of-its-kind innovation that we continue to improve. I lead the team that improves bottle design and dispenser delivery. We continuously address customer needs and work to increase customer satisfaction through innovations that ensure the delivery of safe, sustainable and high-quality products every time.”


Bill Phillips
Regulatory Affairs

“The idea that we would develop Nexa products as concentrates instead of packaged, ready-to-use antimicrobial hand soaps was new for us. We knew Nexa would need to meet U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) regulations for hand antiseptics. Part of my role was to gain clarity on the FDA’s views. We were able to do that, and with a few tweaks in expectations, we were able to move the product forward.”

Ken Dobizl
Lead Mechanical Engineer
Dispensing Systems Engineering, RD&E

“I supported the design and development of the Nexa Concentrates dispenser. Our goal was to ensure safe and reliable equipment, along with efficient and accurate dispensing — in a more environmentally friendly way. Through long hours of work over many months, we achieved our goal: the Nexa system delivers more benefits to customers and end users, with less environmental impact.”


Chloe Chan
Corporate Account Manager

“Here in the United Arab Emirates, we were delighted to win the opportunity to pioneer Nexa Concentrates at the new and biggest indoor theme park in the world. The Nexa program offered many benefits that helped our competitive positioning, including operational efficiency, cost effectiveness, superior dispensing units, environmental stewardship and especially a significant reduction of packaging waste.”


Alexis Edberg
Marketing Manager

“I am currently responsible for continuing to drive the growth and success of the Nexa platform. This includes managing product expansions and improvements and developing and sharing communications and tools that help demonstrate Nexa’s value. I have a great opportunity to grow a program that helps prevent the spread of infection — with minimal environmental impact.”