Hand sanitisers – their use and efficacy

Source: Safefood.ie

Hand washing is the most important practice to prevent the spread of pathogens (the cause of diseases), especially for people who handle food (CDC 2009). Washing with water and soap is the “gold standard” way to remove bacteria and food from hands. Soaps do not kill bacteria and viruses. However, they are considered to be effective in removing dirt, soil and bacterial load from the outer layers of hand skin.

Over recent years there has been increasing availability and usage of hand sanitising products. The main advantage of these products seems to be that they are quicker and easier to use. They may also provide another way to clean the hands when water and soap are not available.

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