Keep the germs away

Keeping the germs away

One of the most common ways kids pick up bugs and viruses is through not washing their hands. In the course of the day their hands can pick up millions of germs, which can come into contact with their eyes, nose and mouth. Often they cannot reach the sink or are in situations where there are is little supervision i.e. in school. So how do we protect them?

Good hand hygiene practice is of course the best choice but when soap and water isn’t around, what do you use? Is it the cheapest sanitiser on the shelf or do you read the instructions carefully. Many people do not know the difference between alcohol and alcohol free or why killing an ext .9% is so essential.

Nilaqua SanitisersNilaqua is the family-friendly range comes in both larger and grab and go sizes and protects little hands against the usual germs, as well as the fecal bug C-Diff and Norovirus (winter vomiting bug). And unlike a lot of other sanitisers, it kills 99.9999% of germs and provides a six-hour protection, to get them through the nursery or school day.

*Alcohol free products are non flammable, this is great for a health and safety aspect; specifically in working with mental health or children. It has been known for people to light the actual liquid and create fire bombs. As well as putting it on their hands and lighting it. Smokers are advised to stay away from alcohol products due to the lighting process and smoking itself should be prohibited on site. Alcohol gels should ideally kept in cool or air conditioned rooms, which are locked.

*Child Safety; There has been reported incidents of electrical fires fuelled by alcohol gel and even ingestion and inhalation in children.

* Alcohol free products are non skin drying. Alcohol products method of use is to evaporate, which strips natural oils and dries the skin. This can actually cause micro fissure and cracks that can harbour germs. Alcohol also provides no further protection, where as Nilaqua alcohol free sanitisers provides post application protection for up to 6 hours! Even if you touch a dirty door handle you are still protected.

*Alcohol free products generally kill more resilient germs including Norovirus & C-Diff, Is it well known that alcohol based sanitisers often do not kill Norovirus nor does it kill C-Diff. Some sanitisers may hold a small residual resistance, however it is minimal. Nilaqua is so effective at killing C-Diff this can be completed in just 30 seconds! Nilaqua kills 99.999% and in most cases 99.9999% of germs in 30 seconds, whereas alcohol gels typically kill 99.9% or 99.99% of germs. This may not seem like alot however for every 9% this equates to 100x or in some cases 1000x more effective.

*Alcohol Free Products do not offend religions, equality is important especially in such a multicultural society. By offering Alcohol Free products you are including everyone.

* Alcohol Free Products are non-tainting, nor do they affect surfaces or strip nail varnish. Nilaqua alcohol free sanitisers can be applied to wood, glass, plastics and even specialist surfaces.

Alcohol Free Products are cost effective, buying gels are often a false economy as you have to pump several times to cover the hand effectively. i.e. 3 x 2ml pumps = 6ml. Nilaqua’s bottle dispenses vary but our popular Hand Operated Dispenser dispenses 0.8ml per pump, typically requiring 2 pumps maximum this is only 1.6ml. With Nilaqua you do not need additional moisturisers as it does not strip the skin. Sanitisers themselves are often cost effective as you are not paying for water bills, paper towels or electric bills.
References:

CDiff – http://cid.oxfordjournals.org/content/46/Supplement_1/S43.full

Norovirus – http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/737884

Fire Hazards – http://www.who.int/gpsc/tools/faqs/abhr2/en/

Stains – http://www.thriftyfun.com/Removing-a-Hand-Sanitizer-Stain-on-Wood.html

Germs – http://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/show-me-the-science-hand-sanitizer.html

Patient Safety – http://patientsafetyauthority.org/ADVISORIES/AdvisoryLibrary/2005/jun2(2)/Pages/13.aspx

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2281307/Cancer-survivor-11-suffers-degree-burns-catching-hospital-bed-HAND-SANITIZER-static-electricity.html

http://lifehacker.com/5923488/use-hand-sanitizer-to-help-ignite-a-fire

Children –

Emadi A, Coberly L. Intoxication of a hospitalized patient with an isopropanol-based hand sanitizer. N Engl J Med. 2007;356:530-1.
Doyon S, Welsh C. Intoxication of a prison inmate with an ethyl alcohol-based hand sanitizer. N Engl J Med. 2007;356:529-30.

 


This post was written by Jess Efford from Nilaqua. Nilaqua is the original and leading brand in rinse free bathing products.

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