Millions of people use refillable (bulk) soap dispensers to wash their hands, but what they don’t know is they may be putting their health at risk. Studies have shown that bacteria levels found in bulk soap dispensers were in concentrations levels higher than what industry standards deem as “safe”. Why?
- 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
- Cleaning personnel not properly dressed in PPE (personal protective equipment, such as gloves)
- “Topping off” or improper refilling – new soap is tainted when coming in contact with contaminated soap
- Diluted hand soap – some companies try to save money and dilute down concentrated soap formulas
The CDC (Centers for Disease Control), recommends the following:
- 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. The following infections are associated with opportunistic bacteria that are found in contaminated bulk soap dispensers:
- Respiratory Infections
- Eye Infections
- Skin Infections
- Blood Infections
- Urinary Tract Infections
It is safe to say that by upgrading and standardizing your current bulk dispensers to closed sanitary sealed dispensing systems, you can prevent cross contamination and reduce the transmission of infections from person to person?
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