Hand sanitizing stations are now commonplace across the globe. It’s an easy and quick alternative to handwashing when soap and water aren’t available or convenient. Although the best way to prevent the spread of infection is to wash your hands, as specified by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), it’s recommended to use hand sanitizer if soap and water aren’t available or convenient.
Although hand sanitizers are safe and effective, it’s always good to be aware of the advantages and disadvantages – especially if it’s a product you use every day. Let’s take a closer look at the pros and cons of industrial hand sanitizer.
The pros of industrial hand sanitizer
They have the right amount of alcohol
The CDC specifies that, in order for hand sanitizer to be effective at killing germs, the formula must contain at least 60% alcohol. Industrial-grade hand sanitizers have the right concentration of alcohol, making them more effective at killing germs compared to non-alcohol formulas.
Convenience and accessibility
Industrial hand sanitizers are more accessible than ever before. They come in handy when you don’t have access to soap and water, and they can be found in most facilities right at the entryway. Businesses are investing in hand sanitizer dispensers for the health and safety of their customers.
Effectively kills germs
The alcohol in industrial hand sanitizers acts quickly to kill germs and reduce bacteria count on hands. It is a quick and effective way to limit the spread of viruses.
The cons of industrial hand sanitizer
Can cause dry and cracked skin
Due to the higher alcohol level, industrial-grade hand sanitizer can cause dry, scaly, and itchy skin. For those who have sensitive skin, eczema, or are prone to skin irritation, this can cause some complications. We recommend applying lotion frequently when using industrial hand sanitizer.
Doesn’t fully protect against a contagious person
If someone in your household or workplace is contagious and you come into direct contact with this person, hand sanitizer does very little to spread germs from contact droplets. While hand sanitizer can kill germs and bacteria on your hands, if someone sneezes or coughs on you, it cannot protect you from getting sick.
Should not be used in place of industrial hand cleaner
For professionals working in an industrial environment, proper hand cleaner products should be used. Industrial hand cleaners are specially formulated to clean oil, grease, paint, adhesives, soil, carbon, resins, tar, and other tough substances. Hand sanitizer is only meant to disinfect while industrial hand cleaners can help reduce the risk of work-related skin diseases from using abrasive chemicals and products.
Frequently asked questions about industrial hand sanitizer
What are the advantages of hand sanitizer?
Hand sanitizer is a convenient way to clean hands and reduce the number of harmful germs when soap and water aren’t available. Hand sanitizer must contain at least 60% alcohol to be effective.
What are the disadvantages of hand sanitizer?
One of the disadvantages of hand sanitizer is that overuse can cause dry skin due to the higher alcohol level. Sanitizer should not be treated as a substitute for washing your hands, which is the most effective way to clean your hands and get rid of germs.
How long is hand sanitizer effective?
Hand sanitizer kills most germs at the time it is used and is effective for about 2 minutes, according to experts. While this might seem like a short amount of time, it’s enough to limit the spread of viruses.
How many times can you use hand sanitizer before it becomes ineffective?
According to the CDC, there is no maximum number of times to use alcohol-based hand sanitizer before it becomes effective. It’s considered to be the first choice of hand hygiene when you don’t have access to soap and water.
What is the disadvantage of alcohol disinfectants?
Hand sanitizing and disinfecting are often used interchangeably, but there are key differences in these terms. Sanitizing reduces the number of bacteria while disinfectants kill almost all of them. Hand sanitizer contains alcohol which is a surface disinfectant while disinfectants are formulated with strong chemicals such as hydrogen peroxide. Hand sanitizers are safe to use on the skin while disinfectants should be used on surfaces like desks, doorknobs, stair railings, and other high-touch areas. While hand sanitizers work instantly, disinfectants can take up to 10 minutes to kill germs. Disinfects are considered an essential commercial and industrial cleaning product.
What are the benefits of sanitizing to our health?
Sanitizing reduces the number of germs on your hands, which lowers your risk of catching a virus or other airborne illness. You can reduce your chances of getting sick when you sanitize your hands before eating, after using a shared item like a pen or debit machine, before and after walking into a public building, or anytime you feel it’s necessary.
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