Date: Tue, 20 Apr 2010 07:47:38 -0400
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Subject: Re: Hand sanitizer

From: "Ben Ruekberg" <bruekberg**At_Symbol_Here**>
Date: April 20, 2010 7:43:21 AM EDT
Subject: RE: [DCHAS-L] Hand sanitizer

> these units bring the whole aspect of hand hygiene to the student's mind

Thank you (and everyone else) for your input.


I do not wish to seem disputatious, but I think there are two reservations concerning your answer.
1) Hand sanitizer, as it is not wiped off, merely moves contamination over a wider area.
2) Hand sanitizers are principally ethanol, which may increase the permeability of the skin, increasing the rate of absorption of a chemical until such time as the hands are actually washed.


Again, I feel that what important here (and I may have an exaggerated sense of its importance) is the distinction between behavior in the lab and the =93civilian=94 world.  For instance, it is relatively safe to sit on the floor or on a desk in the civilian world, but not in the lab.  I think Bertrand Russell sited the example of smoking as generally undesirable, but in a nitroglycerin factory, criminal.




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