• Installing Hand Sanitizers Helps Prevent the Spread of COVID-19


    We have learned that high-touch surfaces, like door handles, staircase railings, elevators, toilet handles, and other flat surfaces are where the coronavirus can land and spread. Hand sanitizers are recommended by the CDC. As a safety equipment installer, you can help by installing these safety devices and providing refills. Here is information that you can use and share with building owners and managers to reduce the likelihood of spreading the virus that causes COVID-19.

    Hand Sanitizer Locations

    In recent months, many buildings have reopened. The first thing you should see at the entrance is hand sanitizer. If you do not, there is an opportunity for you to install one. Other important locations for hand sanitizer dispensers are restrooms, elevators, transaction counters, cafeterias, break rooms, meeting rooms, and employee desk areas.

    CDC View on Hand Sanitizers1

    According to the most recent information from CDC, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer is the preferred method for cleaning your hands when they are not visibly dirty.

    There are three reasons for this:

    • Hand sanitizer is more effective at killing germs on hands than soap and water.
    • Hand sanitizer is easier to use than soap and water during the course of the day.
    • Hand sanitizer improves skin condition with less irritation and dryness than soap and water.

    CDC Advice on Use of Hand Sanitizers2

    The user should apply enough hand sanitizer to cover all surfaces of the hands and then rub the hands together until the hands feel dry (about 20 seconds). CDC advises that users should never rinse or wipe off hand sanitizer before it has dried, as it does not work as well against germs.

    CDC Advice for Healthcare Workers3

    The CDC has provided the following information and advice for hospitals and healthcare providers:

    • Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are the most effective products for reducing germs on the hands.
    • Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are the preferred method for cleaning hands in clinical situations.
    • Wash hands with soap and water when visibly dirty, before eating, and after using the restroom.

    Today, anyone’s hands can potentially have the virus that causes COVID-19. According to CDC, using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer is the preferred way to keep your hands clean.

    1. CDC - Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings: Show Me the Science
    2. CDC - Handwashing and Hand Sanitizer Use at Home, at Play, and Out and About. (Print-only)
    3. CDC - Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings: Healthcare Providers

    If your customers have been provided new hand sanitizer stations, they may also be storing large quantities of these products.

    Check out this Brooks Tech Series regarding the safe handling and storage of hand sanitizers.

    Click Here to view a PDF version

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