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Triclo—what?: What the Triclosan Ban Means for You

Foam-Soaps-Save-WaterOn September 2, 2016 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a final ruling that bans 19 active ingredients in hand or body washes. One of the active ingredients affected by this ruling is triclosan, the most widely-used active ingredient in over-the-counter (OTC) consumer antiseptic washes.

So, what does this ruling mean for you? Since this ban affects soaps that you may use at home, in school and other public settings, it’s important to understand what triclosan is and why this ruling took place.

What is triclosan?

Triclosan is an ingredient added to many consumer products like antibacterial soaps, body washes, toothpastes and some cosmetics in order to reduce or prevent bacterial contamination.

Is triclosan safe?

Unfortunately, how triclosan affects human health is not yet known. While there are several ongoing studies that involve the safety of triclosan, there is not enough scientific data to make any claims at this time.

How do I know if triclosan is in a product?

If a soap, body wash or any other product contains triclosan, it should be listed as an ingredient on the label. If you have any questions or concerns about a product you use, call the number listed on the product.

What other chemicals were banned?

In addition to the triclosan ruling, these other chemicals we also banned:

  • Cloflucarban
  • Fluorosalan
  • Hexachlorophene
  • Hexylresorcinol
  • Iodine complex (ammonium ether sulfate and polyoxyethylene sorbitan monolaurate)
  • Iodine complex (phosphate ester of alkylaryloxy polyethylene glycol)
  • Nonylphenoxypoly (ethyleneoxy) ethanoliodine
  • Poloxamer-iodine complex
  • Povidone-iodine 5 to 10 percent
  • Undecoylium chloride iodine complex
  • Methylbenzethonium chloride
  • Phenol (greater than 1.5 percent)
  • Phenol (less than 1.5 percent) 16
  • Secondary amyltricresols
  • Sodium oxychlorosene
  • Tribromsalan
  • Triclocarban
  • Triple dye

This rule goes into effect on September 6, 2017 giving companies a year to remove these ingredients from their products or discontinue the product line within the market. Some states are adopting this ruling early, such as Minnesota that put the ban into effect on January 1, 2017.

This ruling does not affect antibacterial soaps used by healthcare professionals, food industry professionals or consumer antiseptic rubs (i.e. hand sanitizers).

As a part of our innovative hand hygiene platforms, all Betco® skin care solutions comply with this new rule and are triclosan-free.

If you have any questions or want to learn more, please click here.

If you have any questions, please visit www.betco.com, call (888) GO-BETCO or please contact us at welisten@betco.com.

Hunter Giles
6/23/2017

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Why Wash Your Hands with Dirty Soap?

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”:

Causes are:

  • 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.

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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.

Have any questions? Contact us at welisten@betco.com.

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Cold and Flu Season – Health Advisory Alert.

Cold and Flu Season – Health Advisory Alert, Stay Safe! Wash Your Hands!

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) suggests samples taken from current reported flu cases shows the current flu vaccine may not be a good match for this season’s flu strain circulating the US.

The US health agency issued an advisory to doctors noting these samples showed that just under half of these samples were a good match for the influenza A (H3N2) component contained in flu shots for the 2014-2015 season, suggests the virus has drifted.  According to the CDC, the flu season has been low but increasing with the Influenza A (H3N2) being the predominant strain with cases detected all over the US. Continue reading

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Ten Ways to Protect Your Hands This Winter Season

With winter right around the corner, Betco®, a leading manufacturer of professional cleaning, disinfecting, floor care, and skin care products, reminds those in the professional cleaning and building management industries that now is the time to start thinking about hand care.

“The dry, cold weather can really damage the skin on your hands,” says Lindsay Tippin, Betco marketing coordinator. “It’s important to start moisturizing before this happens to prevent discomfort that can take weeks to heal.” Tippin also notes that dry chapped hands can evolve into hand dermatitis, a disease that can be very serious, even result in a visit to the emergency room if the condition worsens. Continue reading

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Cold and Flu Season 2014

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that each year 164 million school days are lost due to illness. (Source: CDC 2014)

Resources and Facts on Cold and Flu Season:

What are the differences between cold symptoms and flu symptoms?

Cold and flu symptoms can overlap each other. If you’re trying to determine if  you have a cold or flu, see the following:

What are the symptoms of a cold?

Cold symptoms can last from 2 days to 2 weeks, most people recover in 1 week to 10 days. Symptoms of the common cold usually begin 2 to 3 days after infection and include:

  • Sore throat
  • Mucus build up in your nose
  • Difficulty breathing through your nose
  • Swelling of your sinuses
  • Sneezing
  • Cough
  • Headache
  • Tiredness
 What are the symptoms of the flu?

The flu comes on suddenly, though people can host the flu virus for 1-4 days before symptoms begin to emerge. People who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:

  • Fever or feeling feverish/chills*
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Vomiting and diarrhea (more common in children)

* It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.

What resources can be used to track cold and flu season?

You can track the flu virus on the website for The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC collects, compiles and analyses information on influenza activity year round in the United States and produces a weekly report from October through mid-May.

You can track the influenza virus and the current flu season by clicking here.

Peak Season for Cold and Flu Activity:

Flu timing is unpredictable and varies from season to season. Flu activity begins as early as October and continues through late May.  Flu activity peaks in the United States in January or February.

The 2014-2015 influenza vaccine is made to protect against the following three viruses:

  • an A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus;
  • an A(H3N2) virus antigenically like the cell-propagated prototype virus A/Victoria/361/2011;
  • a B/Massachusetts/2/2012-like virus.

How Should You Wash Your Hands?

  • Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  • Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  • Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  • Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  • Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them

Check out the CDC website for the following links:

How to Wash Your Hands

When to Use Hand Sanitizer

Focus on cleaning key touchpoints in your schools and stay a step ahead of the k-12 clean standard with Betco’s CleanDegrees Program.

Betco CleanDegrees Education Program helps K-12 facilities understand and incorporate the “Science Behind Cleanand identify the key “touch points” within their facilities, while staying compliant with the newly established K-12 Clean Standard.

Schools that adopt the cleaning and education program will achieve a reduction in germs and bacteria on key touch point areas such as desktops, water fountains, lockers and restroom sinks by utilizing Betco’s ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate) meter system, reducing absenteeism and ensuring a clean and healthy environment for students and faculty.

 Link for the K-12 Clean Standard:

Link for the Betco Clean Degrees Program:

 

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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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Get the Facts on Hand Hygiene

Did You Know …

  • We have between 2 and 10 million bacteria between our fingertips and elbows (not all bad!)
  • Damp hands spread 1,000 times more germs than dry hands
  • The number of germs on your fingertips double after you use the rest room
  • Germs can stay alive on hands for up to three hours
  • Millions of germs hide under watches, rings and bracelets

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