Date: Mon, 19 Apr 2010 14:31:29 -0500
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From: Michele Crase <mcrase**At_Symbol_Here**NIU.EDU>
Subject: Re: Hand sanitizer
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Hello all,
We put the hand sanitizers up all around our campus as well.  I went back and forth with the same thoughts you all have brought forward.  What realization I finally came to is that these units bring the whole aspect of hand hygiene to the student's mind.  So yes they should wash, but if they do at least this, it is better than nothing.  And just seeing them around MAY remind them that handwashing is important and needs to be done much more often.
In the end, I think it is reminding people the importance of handwashing.
Michele Crase
Associa te Director
Environmental Health and Safety
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL

>>& gt; Ben Ruekberg <bruekberg**At_Symbol_Here**CHM.URI.EDU> 4/13/2010 1:28 PM >>&g t;


            Our school has put hand sanitizer dispensers all over campus.  It has occurred to me that we strongly encourage our students to wash their hands after labs and that some of them may mistakenly think that the application of hand sanitizer may accomplish this.  (Sometimes, students do not distinguish between similar different things well.)


            Not only does one not rinse hand sanitizer off, but it is largely alcohol, which may increase skin permeability.  Students are given at least as much safety information as they can assimilate already.  Is this something worth worrying about?


            Thank you.

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