H&S and Procurement

Alcohol-based hand sanitisers pose a threat to health and safety. They are flammable, poisonous if swallowed, dangerous to the eyes and can cause painful skin irritation. Product quality and integrity is sometimes in doubt, as with the major recall of hand sanitiser in Ireland.

There are also concerns about the manufacturing supply chain, especially in child labour, modern slavery and deforestation. These were contained in a report by Verisk Maplecroft as covered in Supply Management.

Despite the risks, many people believe that alcohol-based products are the only ones they are allowed to use. This is simply not true. There are trusted alternatives to alcohol-based hand sanitisers, as used by Boots the Chemist, Rentokil Initial plc and the NHS.

Advantages of INVIRTU alcohol-free hand foam sanitiser

Kills 99.99% of bacteria and viruses
Is effective against all enveloped viruses
Is extensively tested to European Standards with a substantial data pack to support all claims
Complies with Article 95 of the Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR) and relevant legislation for the Classification, Labelling and Packaging of substances and mixtures (CLP)
Contains the same active ingredients as used by operating theatre staff
Accounts for 92% of all NHS alcohol-free hand sanitisers
Is used in Boots the Chemist own-brand alcohol-free hand sanitiser foam
Was developed by leading antimicrobial experts and is manufactured by a UK-based company

You can find out more about effectiveness, safety checks and quality controls in the Why INVIRTU page.

If you are the buyer for your organisation, see our list of distributors.

If not, then please ask your buyer to check out these pages for themselves. We’d also be delighted to answer any questions.