Keep in mind…
Millions of people during their daily routines use refillable (bulk) soap dispensers to wash their hands, so think about this … every time someone washes their hands with soap from a refillable dispenser, are they putting their health at risk?
Why wash your hands with dirty soap?
Studies have shown that bacteria levels found in bulk soap dispensers were in concentrations levels higher than what industry standards deem as “safe”:
- Inadequate cleaning – Germs grow inside the dispenser because they do not get properly cleaned or sanitized every time they are refilled
- Airborne and environmental contaminants can land in the open container
- Opening dispensers to refill soap in unsanitary reservoir, such as a restroom, where fecal bacteria is exposed
- Cleaning personnel not properly dressed in PPE (personal protective equipment, such as gloves), have cleaned toilets, and then moved on to refill the dispensers
- “Topping off” or improper refilling – new soap is tainted when coming in contact with contaminated soap
- Diluted hand soap – companies try to save money and dilute down concentrated soap formulas
The CDC (Centers for Disease Control), recommends the storing of products as follows:
- Liquid products should be stored in closed containers and dispensed from either disposable containers, or containers that are washed and dried thoroughly before refilling
- Soap should not be added to a partially empty dispenser because this practice of “topping off” might lead to bacterial contamination of soap and negate the beneficial effect of hand cleaning and disinfection
Hand hygiene is the single MOST IMPORTANT way to reduce the transmission of germs from person to person that can cause infections.
Krysten Comperchio is a Product Manager for Skin Care and Education at Betco Corporation. During her spare time, Krysten enjoys yoga, running and keeping up on current events. Click here to contact Krysten directly.
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