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The Next Generation Beyond Alcohol Sanitizers

Build a $1,000,000 budget surplus with your hand hygiene program

  • Reduce Illness
  • Shrink Absenteeism
  • Create Jobs
  • Conserve Water

AQtiv PURE Alcohol Free Hand & Body Sanitizer
puts money back into your budget!

School districts with more than 15,000 students have a potential to put one million dollars to the bottom line to pay for much needed resources. If students wash there hands with water twice daily using one gallon of water each time, 5.4 million gallons of water can be saved by using the Hand & Body Sanitizer and over $1,000,000 into your hands to pay for much needed teachers, administrators, services, repairs and student programs.

Schools double your resources: Reduce absenteeism and maximize first aid defense

The Carnegie Foundation for Education reports 83% of teachers believe absenteeism is the principal problem faced in school. Study after study concludes student absenteeism is reduced when an instant hand sanitizer is incorporated into a hand hygiene program. Although the percentage varies by study, the results demonstrated up to a 50% reduction in absenteeism. Placing an AQtiv PURE alcohol free Hand & Body Sanitizer dispenser in the classroom allows students to sanitize their hands after returning from the restroom and recess, and before and after the lunch hour. The University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine suggests 164 million school days are lost annually, averaging 4.5 days a year per student. The CDC estimates nearly 22 million school days are missed due to the common cold.

Common difficulties implementing hand washing program

Common difficulties for implementing a hand washing program have been the increased use of classrooms that do not include sinks with running water and the potential for reduced instruction time. An effective hand wash of 30 seconds per student and 30 students would take 15 minutes per cycle or 45-60 minutes for three or four washes per day. Contrasting the old paradigm with the use of AQtiv PURE Hand & Body Sanitizer gel, an entire class could sanitize their hands in about one minute which would only take a few minutes out of the teaching schedule per day. Implementing a hand hygiene program can enhance academic success rates and maximize ADA funding at your school. The same Hand & Body Sanitizer gel that protects against infection for effective hand hygiene also provides convenient maximum first aid defense for minor cuts, scrapes and burns which teachers can utilize inside their classrooms. Many districts can not afford to keep full time nurses at each school site which makes this first aid tool all the more important. Keeping kids healthy also protects your most important resource – your teachers. Minimizing teacher illness provides greater quality and continuity in the classroom, reduces budgetary costs, and headaches associated with scheduling last minute substitutes.

Flammability factor keeps alcohol sanitizers out of many schools

Many schools ban alcohol sanitizers from being allowed on campus because of: skin drying affects to students’ hands with repeated use, possibility of students getting high off the alcohol by consuming the sanitizer, and safety factors regarding its flammability. Here’s what happened at one elementary school in Florida:

Classroom Fire Averted
Cause Attributed to Alcohol Sanitizer

Kaitlyn had a small bottle of hand sanitizer in her desk at school, and being a nine year old, decided that if a little was good, a lot was better. When she put the stuff on her hands she picked up 2 pencils and started rubbing her hands and the pencils back and forth. The teacher told her to put them away and she threw them in her desk. A short time later smoke started rolling out of her desk. Some paper had started smoking, but no flames.

She had no matches, lighters or any thing to have started the fire, so the next day we took the sanitizer and went to our neighborhood fire station, Pasco County Fire Department. After checking the captain explained it could have been from the friction of rubbing the pencils together, or from static in the air or spontaneous combustion. Because of the high content of the Ethyl Alcohol in the sanitizer, any of these things could have happened. So far we the public have been luck that nothing bad has happened. C.M. Pasco County, Florida

- Alcohol sanitizers compared with Napalm

Below are portions of an article written in Forensic Nurse August 2004 and can be found at the following website:

Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizers, A Blessing or Hazardous Material?

By Marian Beck Clore, RN, BSN, ICP

“ Healthcare providers are recognizing that alcohol-based hand sanitizers are an effective alternative to washing hands with soap and water. When alcohol-based hand soap dispensers are conveniently located, more frequent hand cleansing is encouraged, less time is required and better compliance is promoted. Some facilities support the idea of mounting liquid hand sanitizing containers onto walls between patient rooms, near patient beds, in dirty utility rooms, etc. Bottles of hand sanitizers are kept in other easy-to-reach places, such as patient bedside stands, or healthcare workers (HCWs)' pockets. The problem? Alcohol-based gels, foams and liquids are extremely flammable and are classified as hazardous materials.”

“ Inquiries to the local fire department revealed that the fire codes approve hand-sanitizing products that are packaged and labeled according to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards. These products should be stored as any other flammable liquid would. Fire department officials were extremely surprised to hear that liquid hand sanitizers were so widely used, and at the same time, so highly flammable.”

“ While not statistically validated, experimentation was performed using six bottles of hand sanitizing gels, foams and liquids. The MSDS sheets for these products listed the flammability ratings of "3" and "4" (extremely flammable). Ignition testing produced the following results: Instantaneous combustion occurred; there was visible heat radiation, with no actual flame; and boiling was evident and visible. The facility fire inspector stated that he compared the combustion of alcohol-based hand sanitizers to that of napalm, as both have very similar ingredients and burning patterns.”

Marian Beck Clore, RN, BSN, ICP, is the infectious disease/safety coordinator for the Michigan Department of Corrections, Duane L. Waters Hospital in Jackson, Mich.



Your day care center, school or district may like to initiate a hand hygiene program, but don’t have the time to create it. No worry. Review the resources below as there are many outstanding programs available free for you to download and implement right away. - School Network for Absenteeism Prevention (SNAP) - Kansas Department of Health & Environment Wash Em’ UP brochures, posters, stickers, teacher’s module for ages 3-10 - Partnership for Food Safety Education - Games teaching food safety to children - Soap & Detergent Association - CDC site - Children’s educational games - September 19-26, 2004 National Clean Hands Week Resources - Foodborne Illness Education Information Center Government and Private Sector site links - Posters, facts and guidelines - Posters, games, facts & links - American Society for Microbiology hand washing campaign