Frequently washing our hands has never been so important!
There are a range of hand sanitising kiosks on the market from free standing to wall mounted that make the process simple and effective. High quality effective sanitisers should kill 99.9999% of all bacteria including MRSA, E Coli and Norovirus, but not all hand sanitisers are created equal. There are several different types of hand sanitisers but in broad terms they divide into two groups: water- based and alcohol based.
We’ve put together three key benefits of using water based sanitisers over alcohol-based ones:
They last longer on your hands
Water-based hand sanitisers contain a ‘killer’ agent whose chemicals are dissolved in water. Once the water has evaporated, the ‘killer’ agent is left on your hands, and continues to be active for up to six hours, giving up to six hours protection. If you go on to touch a dirty surface, you do not become contaminated, and do not pass it on. In contrast alcohol-based sanitisers act quickly to reduce the bacterial counts on your hands yet it is the alcohol in the alcohol hand sanitiser that is the ‘killer’ agent. Once evaporated the ‘killer’ agent has literally disappeared into thin air. If you touch another dirty surface you can become recontaminated and could pass it on.
Less irritating and kinder to skin
Alcohol-based hand sanitisers can be drying and irritating to skin if used regularly as the alcohol strips away the skin’s natural oils. Water-based hand sanitisers tend to be kinder to the skin and more suitable for those with skin conditions because they contain emollients designed to moisturise.
More acceptable for those who forbid alcohol for religious or cultural reasons
For some workers alcohol is forbidden for religious or cultural reasons, therefore alcohol-based hand sanitisers would not be able to be used. Specific religions such as Hinduism, Sikhism and Islamism all prohibit alcohol, however water based hand sanitisers are considered halal (permissible to use in those faiths).