Business and Management

Making the Most of Alcohol Hand Sanitizers

Alcohol hand sanitizers have been used in the US since the mid-1990s. Starting with the food industry they have become fixtures dripping into the clean room and for use in pharmaceutical applications.  

Rubbing alcohol, available as a hand scrub, gel or rinse cleanser, foam, spray atomization, etc. disinfectant which consists of at least 60 percent alcohol. Although washing your hands with warm water and soap remove dirt and reduce germs on your hands, cleaning alcohol can serve as an additional agent to kill germs more or when it is not possible to wash your hands with soap and water.  

In starting the medical and health care industry in the United States lags behind in implementing the program of washing hands using hand sanitizer dispenser, for the most part out of fear that it could lead to a decrease in hand washing compliance, incrasing risk of nosocomial infection.

Here are tips to keep in mind as you prepare to enter the clean room facilities.

* Clean the dust and dirt from your hands with soap, as the cleaners only deactivate viruses and kill bacteria. They are not intended to clean dirt. Most cleaners, when used as a clean room equipment need at least a few techniques.

* Get sanitizer to all areas where your hands are transient flora. Do not neglect your nails and cuticles at the cost of only the palms.

* Also, in clean room environments and applications, the cleaning must be accompanied by gamma radiation treatment, alcohol does not destroy bacterial spores.

Doug Parks