As the UK tries to get back on its feet in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, workplace health and safety measures are a vital part of the recovery plan.
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If you’re looking to reopen your business and get your staff back to work, then investing in large quantities of hand sanitiser and hand sanitiser dispensers is definitely a good idea. Despite a shortage of hand sanitiser products at the beginning of the pandemic, many retailers have now had a chance to replenish stock and here’s where you can shop in wholesale quantities to help keep your employees and customers safe.
Which of these retailers offer free delivery?
- eBay has free delivery on selected listings.
- Chemist 4 U offers free delivery on orders over £30.
Hand sanitiser shortages
As the UK prepared for coronavirus lockdown, we commissioned a poll to find out as much as we could about the nature of panic buying in British supermarkets. The most scarce item on the shelves was actually hand sanitiser, with around 2 in 5 Brits (38%) unable to purchase a bottle. If you’re still looking for the alchohol-based gel, check out our list of in-stock retailers above.
Frequently asked questions
Can hand sanitiser kill viruses?
Hand sanitiser is usually alcohol based and alcohol is known to be able to kill most germs. Make sure you’re shopping for a sanitiser with a high alcohol percentage as this will help protect you from infection while you’re on-the-go.
It’s important to remember though that hand sanitiser isn’t a miracle worker and cannot replace good old fashioned soap and water. So, while using it can help you fight potential infection, it’s still much better to wash your hands with soap and water whenever possible.
Does hand sanitiser expire?
Yes, but not very quickly, most sanitisers will last around 2-3 years. You may see an expiry date printed on the packaging of the bottle.
Alcohol is the necessary ingredient that makes hand gels anti bacterial and alcohol does evaporate over time. The longer you have the hand sanitiser, especially if the bottle is open and the seal is broken, the faster the alcohol will evaporate and the gel will become less effective against germs.
If an old, opened bottle of hand sanitiser is all you have, it’s safe to use and likely still better than nothing. Hand washing with warm water and soap is better still.
How do I wash my hands properly?
According to the World Health Organization, washing your hands properly should take as long as singing “Happy Birthday” twice, which is roughly 20 seconds. Make sure you use soap and warm water, and dry your hands thoroughly afterwards. You can click here for the full WHO guide.