The PURELL 3691-12 green certified instant hand sanitizer, 12 fl. oz. pump bottle, is an antimicrobial gel that contains 70% ethyl alcohol to help reduce the number of germs on hands, and meets the EcoLogo hand sanitizer standard CCD-170 for its use of bio-based raw materials, environmentally safer ingredients and packaging, and for enhanced recyclability compared to other products in its category. The 12 fl. oz. pump bottle helps dispense small amounts of gel at a time. The EcoLogo CCD-170 standard also uses European Committee for Standardization (CEN) standards EN 1500 and EN 13727 to verify product effectiveness. This hand sanitizer contains no fragrance or dye, and is readily biodegradable according to Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) 301 standards. It is made with ethanol produced with renewable natural resources, and qualifies as a USDA BioPreferred product for federal procurement preference.
Hand sanitizers (also called hand antiseptics) are liquids, gels, or foams that help reduce the number of germs on hands when a small amount is rubbed into the skin; no rinsing with water or drying with towels is needed. In situations when soap and water are not available, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends use of an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of germs on hands, but do not eliminate every kind of pathogenic microorganism. Hand sanitizers are not as effective when hands are visibly dirty. They are available in a range of sizes, from small bottles for personal use to large mounted dispensers for public or institutional use. They are also available as wipes: small, disposable paper or nonwoven towels soaked in a hand sanitizer liquid. Hand sanitizers are typically part of hand hygiene programs at health care and food processing facilities, where pathogenic microorganisms are common.
GOJO Industries manufactures hygiene products, including hand washing, hand sanitizing, and skin care formulas under the GOJO, PURELL, PROVON, MICRELL, and AQUELL brands. The company, founded in 1946, is headquartered in Akron, OH.