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Monday, February 22, 2010

University Of Michigan Says NO to Alcohol-Hand Sanitizer; Recommends Alcohol-Free For Students

Hand Sanitizer Recommendations for Campus

Following the advice of the University's Chief Health Officer, we are recommending that hand sanitizers be made more available in common areas on campus this fall and that those hand sanitizers be non-alcohol based containing 0.13% benzalkonium chloride (BAK). Studies have shown that BAK's are effective at killing the influenza virus. The non-alcohol based sanitizers are being recommended for public spaces because the alcohol based products are classified as a flammable liquid.
Departments are strongly encouraged to place non-alcohol based hand sanitizers in common areas such as dining facilities, shared equipment spaces (computer labs), child care facilities, service counters, and other high traffic public areas.

The cheapest and probably easiest way to order this hand sanitizer is through OfficeMax. Attached is a spreadsheet with more detailed information about where and how to order sanitizers. If you decide to find an alternative vendor, please ensure the non-alcohol product contains the recommended 0.13% BAK. Individual staff members may continue to have alcohol based sanitizer on their desks.
If you have any questions, please contact me at or 313-593-4914.

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