Q Will implementation of SafeHandles eliminate the need for any other antibacterial cleaning?
A Yes and no. First of all, SafeHandles products are antimicrobial, which means they surpass any product labelled ‘antibacterial’. They will also eliminate viruses and spores. They are designed to kill any microbes that come in contact with them. However, the surfaces to which they are applied should be cleaned thoroughly beforehand. Wiping down SafeHandles with a typical cleaner will remove any bio-film build up on the surface of SafeHandles and ensure optimal performance of SafeHandles.
Q If germs are transmitted by hands, why aren’t hand sanitizers sufficient?
A First, hand sanitizers are not universally effective. The University of Toronto answered this question by saying, “For a bacterium, they work by disrupting its cell membrane. It is not a panacea, though, since certain viruses lacking an outer coat (like the one that causes cruise ship diarrhea) or spore forming bacteria (like C.difficile) are not very susceptible.”
Second, hands may be the primary recipient of germs in the transmission process, but the surfaces from which they receive them are not necessarily infected by touch. Airborne viruses exist; sneezes and coughs can carry microbes up to 200 feet. Wherever those microbes land can be a point of infection for an unknowing hand that touches them – a hand whose owner will probably not think to run to the nearest hand sanitizer afterward. A hand that has been sanitized (assuming it was effective) is only sanitized until the next thing it touches. Thus commonly touched surfaces need to be protected against germs too.
Q Will implementation of SafeHandles eliminate illness in our environment?
A A clinical study at the University of Arizona (add reference) found that Safehandles reduced study participants’ risk of infection by up to 99.4% when compared to those touching a non-protected surface. Everyone comes into their home/work/school/church from another environment – which may not be protected by SafeHandles or any antimicrobial protocol. All family/employees/students/congregants should be encouraged to take preventative measures like frequent hand washing and getting a flu shot before arrival of flu season. Also, anyone feeling ill should be encouraged to see their doctor and go home to recuperate.
Q What about the added cost of SafeHandles?
A When you compare the cost of implementing SafeHandles products in your environment to the cost of days and weeks lost for multiple employees or students becoming ill and associated lost productivity, plus the cost of employing custodial staff to increase frequency of cleaning protocols to sanitize commonly touched surfaces, SafeHandles is an easily justified cost – one that will be offset in the long run by the reduction of all those other costs.