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Hand sanitizers can prove effective against germs, but there are some risks

Hand sanitizers can prove effective against germs, but there are some risks

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  23 March 2020 11:08 AM GMT

GUWAHATI: Hand sanitizers can prove effective against germs, but there are some risks that people must be aware of. For hand sanitizers to be effective alcohol content should be above 60% but if alcohol content is below that, hand sanitizers may not prove to be that effective.

Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are classified as Class IFlammable Liquid substances. This means they have a flash point of less than 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Hand sanitizer vapors can be flammable.

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According to The "Hand Sanitizers - Market Analysis, Trends, and Forecasts" report published in ResearchAndMarkets.com, “Hand Sanitizers market worldwide is projected to grow by US$944.9 Million, driven by a compounded growth of 8%. Hand Sanitizers, one of the segments analyzed and sized in this study, displays the potential to grow at over 8%. The shifting dynamics supporting this growth makes it critical for businesses in this space to keep abreast of the changing pulse of the market. Poised to reach over US$2.3 Billion by the year 2025, Hand Sanitizers will bring in healthy gains adding significant momentum to global growth.”

While alcohol-based hand rubs are flammable, hand sanitizers with good alcohol content can pose a fire risk to aircraft. It is a Class 3 Flammable Liquid.

Meanwhile, after declaring facemasks and hand sanitizers under essential commodities, the government has now fixed the prices of these items, Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan has said in a tweet.

He said that since the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19), the Indian market has seen a huge surge in the prices of various face masks and hand sanitizers. Therefore, the government has fixed the prices of two-ply and three-ply surgical masks and hand sanitizers.

Paswan said, “Under the Essential Commodities Act, the prices of fabric-used two-ply and three-ply surgical masks will remain the same as it was on February 12, while the retail prices of three-ply masks will be at Rs 8 per mask and not exceed Rs 10.”

The Union Minister said, “The retail price of a 200 ml bottle of hand sanitizer will not exceed Rs 100. Other sizes of bottles will also be priced in the same proportion. These prices will be applicable throughout the country till June 30, 2020.”

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