What hand sanitiser is best for my business?
Choosing what type of hand sanitiser is best for your business is a job that comes with a lot of responsibility. Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, lots of new brands of hands sanitiser have been appearing in shops. There has also been an abundance of misinformation shared on social media, making it hard to separate fact from fiction.
To help you make the best decision, we’ve broken down what you need to look for to ensure the hand sanitiser you’re buying is effective in minimising the risk of Covid-19. We’ve also pulled together insights from key scientific and government organisations, ensuring you’ve got trusted information to help you make an informed purchasing decision.
There is a lot of information out there on COVID-19 which can be overwhelming. For increased clarity here is what four trusted sources are saying:
- World Health Organisation
An effective alcohol-based hand rub product should contain between 60% and 80% of alcohol and its efficacy should be proven according to the European Norm 1500 or the standards of the ASTM International (formerly, the American Society for Testing and Materials).
- Health and Safety Executive
As an employer, you may choose to provide hand sanitiser and surface disinfectants for your workers or others to use. HSE cannot recommend any specific products. There are many alcohol- and non-alcohol-based hand sanitisers and surface disinfectants available on the UK market.
- UK Government
Wash your hands often - with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available. This is particularly important after taking public transport.
- Public Health Bodies and NHS
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is an easy virus to kill when it is on skin. This can be done with soap and running water or hand sanitiser.
phs Hand Sanitiser
phs can provide your business with trusted hand sanitiser, as well as a range of dispensers that can help your business maintain good hand hygiene. Our alcohol hand sanitiser is ethanol based which has been proven to be an effective sanitiser at 60% concentration (both by our own test results and external testing available to the general public).
As alcohol (either ethanol or isopropanol) has a drying effect on the skin, using the lowest level of alcohol content will still provide the hygiene efficiency needed, while also helping protect the skin from unnecessary damage and cracking.
The % alcohol in a product does not necessarily have a direct impact on its efficacy, the higher the alcohol content, the more aggressive it is likely to be on the skin – especially on young hands or where there is broken skin.
The solution provided by phs is a 65% alcohol liquid hand sanitiser which conforms to EN1276 (Bactericidal efficacy) and EN14476 (Viricidal efficacy).
We also offer an alcohol-free hand sanitiser called Cleenol Senses. This odourless non-tainting skin sanitiser is designed for frequent use. It does not dry out skin like traditional alcohol based sanitisers and works just as well at eliminating bacteria on the skin and is proven to be effective against coronavirus.
Speak to a Hand Sanitiser Expert
At phs, we have made it our business to help you adapt to the new normal. We can provide hand sanitiser and dispensers to your business on a fully-serviced contract, ensuring you’re always prepared. Our experts are always happy to support you and your business, ensuring you are making an informed choice.
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Looking for hand hygiene tips? Click here to learn more about the best way to wash and dry your hands.