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Safe and cost effective hand wash

Published 15th October, 2012 by Neil Nixon

Safe and cost effective hand wash

Deb Group has announced the launch of OxyBAC, which it claims to be the safest and most effective antibacterial hand wash for use in any food handling, general workplace, public facility or social care environment where higher standards of hand hygiene are required.

Professional use, liquid antibacterial hand washing soaps have been available for over 50 years. Their use has increased in response to public concerns over the spread of infectious diseases and the need for greater vigilance in hygienically sensitive environments, such as where raw and uncooked foods are being handled. This has led to greater emphasis on germ-kill performance and the introduction of stronger biocides. With this change, more has been learned about the impact that the biocidal agents used in antibacterial soaps have on hand hygiene, human health and the environment.

Today, varying concerns exist over all current biocidal agents used in hand wash products. The first main concern is environmental toxicity, as all existing biocidal agents used in hand wash products are characterised by having residual environmental toxicity that can be harmful to the environment and aquatic life. The second concern is human toxicity, as many biocidal agents are known irritants and sensitisers; their frequent use can lead to skin irritation, allergic reactions and sub-optimal hand hygiene compliance. Finally, the third concern is anti-microbial resistance, where the mode of activity, residual toxicity and wide use of some biocidal agents has led to concerns of micro-organisms building-up resistance against them.

OxyBAC combines Deb Foam Technology with Accelerated Hydrogen Peroxide (AHP) to create a unique, patented non-ionic surfactant based rich-cream foam that addresses the concerns of all existing biocidal actives. Dr John Hines, R&D director at Deb, said: “The active power of OxyBAC is hydrogen peroxide which, unlike all other biocidal actives, has the unique benefit of simply breaking down into water and oxygen after use with no environmental or human toxicological impact. Also, when AHP comes into contact with germs it releases free-radicals which act non-specifically on multiple cell targets to kill germs in such a manner that prevents antibacterial resistance.”

Deb’s R&D team has been working for over eight years to perfect the science of incorporating AHP into a foaming hand wash formula that apart from being highly efficacious also has an excellent physical cleansing performance, with good skin feel during and after use.

Dr Pierre Grascha, chief scientist at Deb, said: “The powerful oxidising action of hydrogen peroxide has long been known for its antiseptic germ-killing properties, but the challenge has been to stabilise it in a synergistic blend of commonly used, safe ingredients that both kills and cleans whilst being safe for the environment and the user. Using internationally accepted protocols, independent test laboratories have shown that OxyBAC will kill 99.999% of many bacteria in just 30 seconds, which is truly exceptional for a hand wash product.”

OxyBAC is available in a perfume-free format which is has been tested to be non-tainting to food, and a pleasantly perfumed format using allergen-free ‘mountain mist’ fragrance.

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