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Do alcohol free hand sanitisers work?

The Argument for alcohol free Hand Sanitiser and Antibacterial Wipes

Antiviral hand sanitisers and antibacterial wipes have become a commonly used item these days in all well-frequented places. There are two choices, alcohol-based and alcohol-free with both choices having pros and cons.

 Even though some argue that only alcohol-based sanitisers and antibacterial wipes are effective, there are some concerns about their excessive use. Nurseries, schools, tertiary learning institutions, and places of worship each have various concerns about using alcohol-based sanitising products.

Why is it better to use antibacterial hand sanitiser products in some situations?

After hand washing, the use of alcohol-based sanitisers and antibacterial wipes is often recommended as the next effective hand sanitising method. However, these often raise concerns and are recommended for use in all situations.

Toxic upon ingestion

Children are especially vulnerable to ingesting toxic materials. The current need to have antibacterial hand sanitiser gel freely available in accessible locations requires extra caution. Most containers these come in are easy to open, and everyone is encouraged to use antibacterial hand sanitiser frequently.

The consumption of high levels of alcohol can lead to poisoning in both children and adults, and alcohol-based sanitisers and wipes have high concentrations of alcohol.

Alcohol and dermatitis

The excessive use of alcohol-based products to sanitise the hands eventually strips off the natural oils in the skin. This leads to dryness and cracking because the skin loses its protection. Skin irritations can occur and can often lead to dermatitis.

Active ingredients in alcohol free hand sanitiser

Non-alcohol hand sanitiser and anti-viral hand sanitiser use active anti-microbial formulas that can kill up to 99.99% of all germs and viruses in the same amount of time as an alcohol-based product. A recent study demonstrated that the main ingredient used, benzalkonium chloride, has the same bactericidal action and efficacy as alcohol-based products.

Benefits of non-alcohol antibacterial hand sanitiser gel products

  • Non-flammable and is particularly safe for use in public buildings
  • Prevents alcohol consumption or poisoning and is preferred in places of learning and religious centres
  • Kind to the skin because it prevents dryness making it ideal for frequent use
  • It is non-corrosive and won’t harm any surfaces it falls on

Venues like schools, universities, daycare centres, care centres, nursing homes, religious centres, the food industry, and various detention centres all have their reasons why they would not want to make highly flammable, alcoholic products available. These facilities prefer the safer non-alcohol hand sanitisers and antibacterial hand sanitiser wipes available from APT, the UK based infection control company.

Regulations

Alcohol-based sanitising products contain one of two active ingredients: alcohol or isopropanol. However, for them to be completely effective, directives from health bodies like The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Federal Drug Agency (FDA) of the U.S. require that they have at least 60%.

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How to choose the best fogger machines for disinfectant fogging

How to choose the best fogger machines for disinfectant fogging

The coronavirus pandemic has increased the need for cleaner surfaces in areas frequented by employees and the public. Spray disinfectants can only clean and disinfect small areas at a time, can’t sanitise hard to reach areas and don’t kill airborne viruses.

Fogger machines make it easier to disinfect whole areas and are useful whether cleaning a small room or large public spaces. However, choosing the right fogging machine for the type of spaces you intend to disinfect is essential.

What is a ULV fogging machine?

An Ultra-Low Volume or ULV fogging machine can generate high volumes of air at very low pressure. These machines can effectively be used to fog anything from small closed areas to large open areas with disinfecting chemicals or pesticides.

ULV foggers can usually disperse both dry and wet fog, depending on the droplet size required. Dry fog just means that the droplet size is smaller, usually 10 to 15 microns. A wetter fog, more like a mist, is produced with droplets that are between 20 and 30 microns.

The further you need the fog to spread, the smaller the droplets need to be. However, dry fogging is not as effective for disinfection applications. A wet fog with droplets larger than 20 microns thoroughly coats all surfaces.

What factors to consider when choosing foggers?

It can be challenging to buy fogger machines, especially if you are a first-time buyer. There are many machines available online, some local and some imported. Before buying a ULV fogger, consider the following factors, so you can be sure to buy a good and effective ULV fogger:

1.      Purpose

It will make a difference if you will be using the fogger indoors or outdoors because you will have to consider how far you need the fogger to spray, and what conditions you will be spraying under. You also need to consider what type of solution you will be spraying.

2.      Size and ease of use

The most practical foggers are the portable machines that are easy to control. They have a a good capacity and can spray small and large spaces. However, if you have huge areas and need a machine with a big capacity, then we advise the FO500 portable machine.

3.      Specifications and maintenance

Smaller electrical foggers are best for indoor use, whereas larger thermal foggers are more suited for outdoor use. Electrical units come with variations in their output and they can be adjusted for both wet and dry fogging. They are lightweight, user friendly, and affordable. Most lightweight foggers do not have high-maintenance requirements.

4.      Reputable supplier

It is vital to choose a fogger from a reputable UK supplier. Firstly, the fogger machine will be immediately available. Secondly, you are guaranteed service and parts should you have a problem with the fogger. Thirdly, you will have help if you are unsure which is the right machine for your needs.

APT Fogger Machines and Disinfectant Sprays

APT is the UK commercial chemicals manufacturer and supplier of fogger machines. With over 30 years of experience, they are the trusted suppliers to the NHS and other public and private institutions in the UK. Their range of portable fogging machines are bestsellers, and offer you the best disinfecting and sanitising solutions for all your spaces.

Typically for applications that require a more powerful machine with a reach of 8 – 10 metres, the suggested models are the FO-500 or Storm Cat 7. They are suitable for fogging applications in stadiums, lecture halls, business facilities, etc.

For smaller areas with lower ceilings like offices, restaurants and medical surgeries, you can choose models like the MK4 and EX2.

APT fogging machines are most effective when used with VIRO KILL antiviral disinfectant. Available in a Ready to Use formula or Super-Concentrated, VIRO KILL RTU is tested to both British and European standards and is manufactured in the UK to ISO 9001:2015. VIRO KILL RTU is food safe, odour free and kills 99.9% of all known viruses and bacteria, including enveloped viruses like COVID-19.