The FDA’s ongoing warnings of alcohol-based hand sanitizers that contain harmful contaminants include methanol (1/3 of a “shot” of methanol can blind an adult, 1 “shot” of methanol can kill and adult) and 1-propanol (affects the central nervous system). Injury and death are reported from using and ingesting these contaminated alcohol-based products.
Poison control research data indicates the most common type of adverse health effects for hand sanitizer incidents were ocular irritation, vomiting, conjunctivitis, oral irritation, cough, and abdominal pain. Rare effects included coma, seizure, hypoglycemia, metabolic acidosis, respiratory depression, and death.
Is it safe for children or adults to have free access to alcohol-based hand sanitizer from public wall mount dispensers?
QUATERNARY AMMONIUM COMPOUNDS ARE ALCOHOL-FREE PERSONAL PROTECTION
Nowhere in news reports are contaminations, injury or death derived from the use of alcohol-free quaternary ammonium compound-based (quats, QAC) hand sanitizer active ingredient benzalkonium chloride (BZK).
Quaternary ammonium compounds are both an approved alcohol-free active ingredient in hand sanitizers and surface sanitizers. QACs were discovered more than 100 years ago and have been safely used in sanitizing for more than 90-years. QACs are prevalent in everyday use products including:
- Hand sanitizers
- Surface sanitizers
- Anti-static laundry treatments
- Ophthalmological solutions
- Baby wipes
- Mouthwash and more.
Its scientific class of origin – quaternary ammonium compounds – are now proven by scientific research, supported by the science community, and recommended by governmental guidance as the “most widely represented class of sanitizer” to restore businesses and institutions to normalcy amid the world health crisis.
QUATERNARY AMMONIUM COMPOUNDS – A BETTER CHOICE FOR PUBLIC SAFETY
In the absence of soap and water, hand hygiene protocol recommends use of a hand sanitizer. The alcohol-free choice of benzalkonium chloride or “BZK” is more effective than alcohol-based formulations.
- 4 hours: BZK’s effectiveness on skin per application
- 20-seconds: Alcohol effectiveness is pre-evaporation “wet time” per application
Overuse of alcohol-based hand sanitizer results in skin distress presenting as rashes, and cracked, peeling skin. Applying more alcohol to distressed skin causes pain and degrades the skin’s natural protective “acid mantle” microbial protection. Therefore, it is counterproductive to attempt to protect skin with such a toxic substance.
Repeated use of alcohol-free BZK softens skin, however.
In conclusion, alcohol-free hand sanitizer ensures public safety.
For information on replacing wall mount hand sanitizer with GlanHealth’s alcohol-free formulations, visit https://glanhealth.com