ALCOHOL-FREE HAND SANITISERS: Most effective for essential protection
As we all strive to keep ourselves, families, co-workers, neighbors, and communities safe during the COVID-19 pandemic era, hand sanitizer is necessary to thwart off harmful infectious bacteria, germs, and pathogens.
Analysis of Cooper Association Study identifies an estimated 80% of infections are spread by touch, frequently touched surfaces can act as reservoirs of infection, harbouring pathogens that can survive for days or even months, waiting to be transferred to the next hand that touches them.
However, conflicting hand hygiene recommendations for different settings are causing confusion among healthcare professionals and consumers, as to what is the best practice to follow or what products should be used for daily hand hygiene.
The last few years has seen the evolution of innovative formulae for making more effective hand sanitisers leading to the development of non-alcoholic based sanitisers.
However, most consumers do not have adequate knowledge on the advantages & longer lasting benefits of alcohol-free sanitisers.
There are compelling cases for both. For most people, reasoning for their choice of hand sanitiser is what feels best on their skin.
Both alcohol & non- alcohol hand sanitisers have the ability to eradicate germs & pathogens – but what is not known is for alcoholic sanitisers to be effective against COVID-19, the alcohol content needs to be at least 65%. Many alcoholic hand sanitisers DO NOT contain 65% alcohol.
Alcohol-Based Sanitisers and Safety of the Youth
- Since families began buying more hand sanitisers during the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Poison Data System has been getting many more reports of unintentional exposures in children. Children under the age of 5 may particularly be likely to swallow hand sanitisers that are scented, brightly coloured, or attractively packaged.
- Most kids under the age of 18 are yet to be vaccinated and for them protection against COVID-19 is by extensive use of sanitisers.
- With more children using hand sanitisers to help them stay safe, there is some concern from parents around potential eye injuries that may happen as a result of the alcohol in the sanitisers. A recent French study found a 7-fold increase in alcohol-based hand sanitiser-related eye injuries in children compared to 2019. With hand dispensers available across supermarkets, shopping centres, and even at home, it’s important to keep children’s eyes protected, while still limiting the spread of the virus.
There are many companies who have started mass producing sanitisers since COVID-19 outbreak resulting in spiking of demand. Some of them are manufacturing hand sanitisers containing methanol (also called wood alcohol, methyl alcohol, or methylated spirits), which is poisonous for humans. FDA has tested certain scent free hand sanitiser and found unacceptable levels of benzene, acetaldehyde, and acetal contaminants.
In these critical times, it’s of utmost importance that proper & safe hand sanitisers are used so that the situation is not aggravated further.
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Bioguard’s Alcohol-Free Hand Sanitiser
Bioguard is a UK-based enterprise, which has pioneered the development, manufacture, and distribution of a unique, class-leading range of hygiene, cleaning, and infection control products into the healthcare, vending, and food processing sectors over the last 2 decades. Bioguard serves more than 15,000 healthcare clients ranging from major multinationals to small enterprises across the UK, Europe, India, and internationally.
The basic distinction is that Bioguard Products don’t use Alcohol. However, the differences go far beyond that.
- Alcohol is only effective against a limited number of pathogens, and does not kill spores such as C. difficile.
- Alcohol-based formulations are flammable, which can compromise one’s safety if not stored in a safe manner.
- If frequent hand sanitising is required, repeated use of an alcohol-based hand sanitiser can irritate skin and strip away natural sebum in our skin that retains moisture. This can lead to dryness, dermatitis, and in some cases, bacterial infections.
- Ingestion of alcohol-based hand sanitisers can pose a serious threat and even alcohol poisoning, particularly in young children. Ethyl alcohol (ethanol)-based hand sanitisers are safe only when used as directed.
Alcohol Free Sanitisers
- Quaternary ammonium compounds (QACs) are sometimes referred to as quats. These compounds are among the most commonly used in disinfectants.
- Alcohol-free sanitisers contain antimicrobials that offer long-lasting germ protection without drying hands. They are widely used in Hospitals, Health Care Facility, Schools, Hotels, Kitchen, Offices & Workplaces.
- According to the Wall Street Journal, the website Safe Hands conducted a study at California State University in Fresno where 20 volunteers used an alcohol-free hand sanitiser 10 times over several hours and experienced no redness or visual signs of irritation on their hands.
- They don’t dry out hands, a fact that makes them very popular among children nurses & doctors.
Benefits of Bioguard Foam Hand Sanitisers:
1. Alcohol free
- Zero use of Alcohol in Bioguard’s Foam Hand Sanitiser.
2. Powerful & Proven
- Protects against 99.999% of bacteria, viruses & spores tested including COVID19 in under 30 seconds.
- Independently tested to European standards [EN13704, EN14476, EN13727, EN1276, EN1650].
- Laboratory testing conducted in dirty conditions to reflect real life user situations.
3. Easy to use
- Fast acting in with contact time as short as 30 seconds with residual efficacy.
- Cleans and disinfects hands
- No harmful VOC, MEA tested and dermatologically approved for safety.
- Alcohol free and PH neutral
- Environmentally friendly breaks down into harmless salt ions and water.
5. Cost Effective
- Foam formulation means users use 50% less product, meaning for every 2 bottle of alcohol hand gel you require 1 bottle of Bioguard.
- Using less product reduces environmental impact of packaging waste.
6. Environmentally Friendly
- Proven by independent environmental audits to be non-toxic, biodegradable, and non-accumulative in the eco-system.
- No special procedures are required for product disposal or in case of spillage.
- It is highly appreciated amongst Nurses, Doctors, Children, Adults, Elderly, and people who use sanitisers extensively.
Here’s what people are saying about this product-
“Bioguard hand & body foaming cleanser is really effective for cleaning and disinfecting patients who are bed-bound” - Nursing-home Professional
“Bioguard hand & body foaming cleanser is more effective than alternate surgical gels and is less of a health and safety risk” - NHS Nurse
“A much better and more economical alternative to hand gels” - GP Practice Manager
Get in touch with us to learn more about our products and how they can make your healthcare facility safer.