Sanitiser help

Consumer Healthcare Products Australia and Life Education have launched a consumer information campaign that promotes the proper use and safe storage of hand sanitisers

This latest collaboration between the two entities is part of its ongoing partnership aimed at improving Australians’ health literacy.

Hand sanitisers are now more widely available and accessible than ever before, they note.

Australians are encouraged to remember to take extra care around children, particularly younger children who can mistake hand sanitisers as food or drink.

To help equip Australian families with the information they need to stay healthy and use hand sanitisers safely, the two have developed shareable resources focused on six practical tips:

  1. Store hand sanitisers safely out of kids’ reach, including those kept in purses or sports bags.
  2. Follow the label instructions and supervise kids’ use. This helps ensure hand sanitisers are used safely and effectively.
  3. Teach older kids how to use hand sanitisers properly without assistance.
  4. Practice good hand washing habits. Scrubbing with soap and water is the best way to clean your hands and kill the most germs.
  5. If you don’t have access to soap and water, use hand sanitiser.
  6. If a child swallows hand sanitiser, immediately call the Poisons Information Centre on 131 126. Available from anywhere in Australia – 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Dr Deon Schoombie, Chief Executive Officer of CHP Australia, said that “Practicing good hand hygiene has never been more important, and hand sanitisers play a valuable role in helping us stop the spread of COVID-19”.

“However, it is important to remember that these products are effective because they are chemical disinfectants.”

Kellie Sloane, Chief Executive Officer of Life Education Australia, said that, “Right now, parents, carers and educators are looking for clear, measured and informed guidance on how they can protect their family and community”.

“These practical hand sanitiser tips remind us all to be vigilant of the little behaviours, and to be mindful of how we use and store hand sanitisers.”

Resources are available here.

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