What’s the secret to making your own chemical resistant hand sanitizer?
This is the second time the NSW government has been forced to issue warnings on the safety of the chemicals.
In July, it issued a warning to those who use it, warning it could make them more susceptible to the coronavirus.
NSW health authority chief medical officer, Dr Stephen Devereux, said the use of chemical sanitizers was not approved for sale in NSW, but it is a safe method of disinfecting hand-wash containers.
“We have a general policy of allowing people to use sanitizing materials in their personal care products, but there are a lot of people who are going to use chemical sanitiser,” Dr Devereaux said.
It is estimated that about 40 per cent of NSW residents are already using chemical sanitized hand sanitisers.
A NSW Health Department spokesperson said: “Chemical sanitising is not approved by the Health Protection and Promotion Board (HPPA) for use in personal care or household products.”
There are no current approved methods to disinfect personal care and household products and only one approved method to treat chemical and biological contaminants in personal hygiene products.
“The NSW Health Minister, Peter Dutton, said in an email that it was important to remember that it is not recommended to use hand sanifers on the skin of a patient.”
However, if the patient is suffering from a serious infection and is experiencing severe symptoms, we recommend that they contact their GP immediately for a referral to the Health Practitioners Council,” he said.