FDA Soap ban
The ban involves the chemicals triclosan and triclocarbon found in some domestic products sold in Australian supermarkets and chemists. If any of you are buying supermarket/chemist antibacterial liquid hand soaps for your facilities, it is suggested that you check the for the these ingredients (maybe rethink what you have around your homes too).
There could well be other chemicals which could end up, sometime in the future, being included in the ban.
A reminder, that basic soap and water is as effective at cleaning your hands as any hand disinfectant – this includes in our research facilities:
- If you choose to use a soap with an active ingredient, it is up to you to check that the active ingredient is effective against the organisms you want protection from & don’t just assume that, because Biostores stocks the product, it must therefore be OK for your particular use. If the ingredient is not effective for your purpose, you might as well be using soap & water ***.
- If you don’t wash your hands properly then it doesn’t matter what you use.
*** As an example, some disinfectants such as quaternary ammonium compounds, chlorhexidine gluconate, and iodophore have been reported to be ineffective against M. tuberculosis
There is evidence that bacteria are growing resistant to an increasing number of chemicals such as those used in domestic antibacterial products (hand disinfectants, bench sprays etc). There is the suggestion that some of ingredients banned by the FDA's ruling could interfere with hormone and reproductive systems. On the domestic front, there is growing evidence that a lack of exposure to germs could be contributing to a rise in allergies and auto-immune conditions.