EnviroWizard products effective against COVID-19
EnviroWizard Hand Sanitiser is an environmentally friendly, safe and non-toxic, high-performance hand sanitiser.
Hand sanitiser safety and children
NSW Health is reminding parents that alcohol-based hand sanitiser is dangerous if ingested, particularly for children.
NSW Poisons Information Centre said while hand sanitiser is an important tool in stopping the spread of COVID-19, it has seen a spike in the number of calls due to hand sanitiser exposure incidents, mostly by babies and young children ingesting it at home.
Genevieve Adamo, Senior Poisons Specialist from the NSW Poisons Information Centre said even a small amount can be harmful for young children and babies.
“Hand sanitiser products should be stored safely and out of reach of children. When they are used by young children it should be under the supervision of an adult. Washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is also a safe and effective option to help combat COVID-19,” Ms Adamo said.
Consumers are reminded to be aware of imported products which may not be clearly labelled and may contain more toxic alcohols such as methanol that make the product more dangerous. Products may also be packaged in a range of container types, including beverage containers, which can increase the risk of accidental ingestion and poisoning.
What are Quaternary Compounds?
Quaternary ammonium compounds (Quats) are potent disinfectant chemicals commonly found in disinfectant wipes, sprays and other household cleaners that are designed to kill germs. The World Health Authority Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Interim guidance 19 March 2020 says:
"While little is known about this novel virus, the comparable genetic characteristics between the virus responsible for COVID-19 and MERS-CoV suggest that the COVID-19 virus may be susceptible to disinfectants with proven activity against enveloped viruses, including sodium hypochlorite (bleach; for example, 1000 parts per million [ppm] (0.1%) for general surface disinfection and 10 000 ppm (1%) for disinfection of blood spills); 62-71% ethanol; 0.5% hydrogen peroxide; quaternary ammonium compounds; and phenolic compounds, if used according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Other biocidal agents such as 0.05–0.2% benzalkonium chloride or 0.02% chlorhexidine digluconate can be less effective."
What does EarthSmart mean?
For a product to be classified as Earth Smart® it must meet at least 10 of the 12 Earth Smart® standards:
What organisations have approved this product for use?
TGA -Therapeutic Goods Association Australia
Achieves a 4 – 6 log reduction on viruses, bacteria and within 10 minutes. (AOAC Use Dilution Test)