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Independent Study Reveals 68 Percent of Employed Adults would be More Productive with Access to First Aid Cabinet in Workplace

CINCINNATI—June 6, 2011 – In recognition of National Safety Month, Cintas Corporation (NASDAQ: CTAS) recently commissioned a telephone survey of more than 400 U.S. adults, revealing that 68 percent of those surveyed stated they would be more productive at work if provided access to a first aid kit or cabinet. The survey was conducted in March 2011 by Harris Interactive® on behalf of Cintas Corporation (NASDAQ: CTAS) The research provides insight into the strong preference for employees having access to first aid supplies and medication to treat various ailments in the absence of a nearby drug store, clinic or hospital.

“The increasing number of absences due to employee illness further makes the case for on-site first aid kits or cabinets in the workplace,” said John Amann, Senior Director of Operations, Cintas. “Ensuring that employees are equipped with the first aid supplies necessary to combat minor illness and injury in the workplace is essential to maximizing productivity and reducing costs for businesses.”

Survey results also revealed the following:

  • 88 percent of those surveyed agree that employers should be required to provide a first aid kit or cabinet at each office or workplace
  • 74 percent of employed adults think employers should be required to provide at least one at each work site

Although there are multiple examples of workplace illness and injury, here is a specific example of the impact to employee productivity, According to the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, the economic cost of lost business productivity due to the common cold currently approaches $25 billion; of which $16.6 billion is attributed to on-the-job productivity loss. Additionally, the common cold is a leading cause of missed workdays, resulting in an average loss of 8.7 work hours per cold episode.

The survey was conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of Cintas. All data collection was done by telephone within the United States from March 31-April 3, 2011 among 431 adults ages 18 and older who are employed full-time or part-time. Results were weighted for age, sex, geographic region, and race where necessary to align them with their actual proportions in the population.

Cintas’ First Aid and Safety Division offers van delivered first aid supplies, safety products, ReviveR™ AEDs, and CPR/AED/first aid training to help businesses improve productivity through worker safety and reduce workers’ compensation costs. For more information about Cintas’ first aid and safety programs, visit

About Cintas Corporation:

Headquartered in Cincinnati, Cintas Corporation provides highly specialized services to businesses of all types primarily throughout North America. Cintas designs, manufactures and implements corporate identity uniform programs, and provides entrance mats, restroom supplies, promotional products, first aid, safety, fire protection products and services and document management services for approximately 800,000 businesses. Cintas is a publicly held company traded over the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol CTAS, and is a component of the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index.


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