Caught an article on CBS News that the FDA is asking for data from manufacturers of hospital hand sanitizers. They're not suggesting any problems with the products, but think that, as usage has grown exponentially over the last few years (some folks will do 100-plus hits per day), it might be time to look at both any potential health effects from absorption into one's body, and any potential of developing resistance to the sanitizer, and to its active ingredients, by the pathogen community, thus creating even more "super bugs" for our pleasure and amusement.
Not mentioned: alcohol based sanitizers tend to dry, and thus chap, the skin; frequent use leaves cracked skin, an invitation to said pathogens. Also, most sanitizers kill the critters on application, but confer no ongoing antiseptic benefit (hence the multiple uses per day).
We looked into those issues a few months ago, during the Ebola scare. We picked up bunny suits, including both booties and face masks, for both hazmat and bio-hazard applications, a supply of surgical face masks, and some wrap-around safety goggles. Better to have them on hand, should anything hit, than to have to try to find them when everyone is in a panic.
But it occurred to us that disrobing could be an issue (that seems to be what caught the nurses in Dallas). How do you safely take off a potentially infected glove, using your (potentially infected) gloved hand, without brushing your (bare) wrist? Or untie your face mask? Further, what happens if you have a hole or acquire a rip in the glove?
We figured we needed a long-acting antiseptic that we could apply to hands and wrists before gloving, both in the (unlikely) bunny suit occasion, and in the day-to-day putting on of gloves before cleaning the client restrooms (not as dangerous an environment as the former, but similar concerns apply). We're pretty focused on health and sanitation, both as effecting our clients and our crews, but figured we had a hole in our program.
Couldn't find anything on line. But, within a couple of weeks, I chanced across an article in the Phoenix Business Journal about a small firm up the road in Scottsdale, manufacturing various lotions, and introducing an antiseptic product, lotion based, that claims up to four hours efficacy.
Bought the stuff and supplied bottles to my crews. It keeps our hands from chafing under the gloves, and might even prevent the occasional cold.