In the wake of the COVID-19 or what we have all come to know and refer to as the Coronavirus, the world has been caught by surprise. A scary surprise and reality that we all have to live with.
Governments all over the world, with the guidance of the World Health Organization (WHO) have put measures and regulations in place in an attempt to curb the spread of the virus and flatten the curve.
Part of these measures and guidelines include social distancing, avoiding touching our faces and washing our hands as frequently as possible.
Above all these measures, the measure that seems to have received the most attention, is washing of hands (with good reason), however it has also come with its own set of challenges; Overnight we have had an influx of so many companies and people claiming to manufacture disinfectants and hand sanitizers. While that may be good and well, please remember that disinfectants and sanitizers should meet requirements as per regulatory bodies such as the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications and South African Bureau of Standards. This is done to ensure that any product that is claimed to be a disinfectant or sanitizer should meet or exceed the performance claimed on the label and material safety data sheets. Always make sure to purchase disinfectants and sanitizers from reputable suppliers and when in doubt, request for documentation that proves the products’ compliance.
Yours in safety and hygiene,