Our hand sanitisers are SANS 490 approved.
What does that mean for you?
The COVID pandemic has changed our lives in more ways than we realised, to the point where sanitising our hands every 5 minutes is the norm. With the surge of hand sanitisers being readily available, how can we determine if the sanitiser we are using is not toxic to us or actually contains the correct active ingredient at the right percentage to help prevent someone from contracting COVID?
This is a question the SABS decided to answer. The South Africa Bureau of Standards (SABS) is the national standardisation board for South Africa. The aim of the SABS is to ensure the quality of products produced is consistent in order to protect the consumers of South Africa.
One standard that is aimed at protecting consumers during our COVID pandemic is the SANS 490. The SANS 490 is a set of standards specifically designed for hand sanitisers. The standard goes into what type of alcohol can be used and eliminates ingredients such as acetone, methanol and methylated spirits which are toxic if absorbed through the skin. Before a hand sanitiser can be approved by the SABS to bear the SANS 490 mark, the product goes through a series of tests and audits from the product itself to the labelling and packaging of the product. This is to ensure the product and manufacturer adheres to the guidelines set out and developed by the SABS, its technical committee and other regulatory authorities.
At Deluxe Chemicals, we have gone through the necessary steps to produce and offer three SANS 490 approved hand sanitisers. ALCOMIST,
DC HAND RUB and ALCOVID were developed according to the requirements set by the SANS 490 standard and the World Health Organisation requirements. Therefore, making them safe hand sanitisers for our customers with the recommended alcohol content that is active against micro-organisms.
ALCOMIST, DC HAND RUB and ALCOVID are bactericidal hand sanitisers which are categorised into two types. ALCOMIST is a liquid hand sanitiser with 70% Isopropyl Alcohol as the main ingredient. DC HAND RUB and ALCOVID are gel hand sanitisers. ALCOVID contains 70% Isopropyl Alcohol, while DC HAND RUB contains 75% Ethyl Alcohol as the main active ingredient.
At Deluxe Chemicals, we pride ourselves on producing only quality products that are safe and effective. Our trio of SANS 490 approved hand sanitisers are created with our customers in mind with the aim to help protect and maintain a safe environment for all industries.
DC HAND RUB passed with a log 5 reduction (99.999% kill rate) and are active effective against a broad spectrum of micro-organisms including Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Escherichia coli, Enterococcus hirae, Escherichia coli 0157, Salmonella typhimurium, Listeria monocytogenes. DC HAND RUB passed EN 14476 (suspension test for the evaluation of virucidal activity) with a log 4 reduction (99.99% kill rate) against Feline coronavirus VR-929 (P 06).
DC HAND RUB holds a SANS 490 mark permit.
Gel hand sanitiser with 75% Ethyl Alcohol
ALCOMIST passed with a log 5 reduction (99.999% kill rate) and are active against the following bacteria: Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Escherichia coli, Enterococcus hirae, Escherichia coli 0157, Salmonella typhimurium and Listeria monocytogenes.
Liquid hand sanitiser with 70% Isopropyl Alcohol
ALCOVID passed with a log 5 reduction (99.999% kill rate) and are active against the following bacteria: Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Escherichia coli, Enterococcus hirae.
Gel hand sanitisers with 70% Isopropyl Alcohol