It seems that Ohio's DOH has figured out that most liquid soaps contain glycerine, and that glycerine is not only highly flammable, but when combining with friction activity-i.e. rubbing hands together with the soap, the combination results in CHO by-product. CHO is a form of alcohol.
Based on concerns specific to senior care facility residents (exposure of alcohol-based products to those with dementia) the State has sought fit to prohibit the use of glycerine based liquid soaps in certain state-licensed facilities. Bravo.
On another front-we read about a brouhaha in Pennsylvania, where the Department of Public Welfare recently made note of widespread concerns relating to the use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers within state-licensed senior care and nursing facilities. Understandably, the Department of Public Welfare pointed out that alcohol-based hand sanitizers were not only flammably, but potentially dangerous to residents of these facilities, and that facility operators need to take special precautionary steps with regard to accessibility of these products and their use.
Immediately thereafter, PANPHA, an advocacy group of some type, expressed frustration with the State and unbeknownst to them, there are numerous alcohol-free hand sanitizer products that are proven to be not only equally effective, but are necessarily more cost-efficient. Adding insult to injury, the advocacy group contacted Rep. John Bear, who sits on the House Aging & Older Adult Services Committee, said welfare officials have begun issue citations against facilities that don't keep hand sanitizer behind lock and key.
According to a statement that defies common sense to anyone that has researched the topic, and has not received campaign contributions from those that might be profiting from the sale of alcohol-based products:
"This defies common sense," said Bear, whose district includes the second- largest number of retirement homes of any legislator's. "It also goes against the best practices outlined by the Centers for Disease Control on how to best get rid of germs.
One manufacturer clasped their hands and then sent this note off to PANPHA, and cc'd Rep. Bear, who was "unavailable to comment" after receipt of the message
Dear Mr. Barth-