Antibacterial hand and body wash no more effective than soap and water

Back in December of 2013 we mentioned on this blog that the FDA was going to require manufacturers of antibacterial soap to prove that their product actually was more effective than plain soap and water (read the post here). Manufacturer had three years to provide that proof. That time is now up and that FDA has issued it’s final ruling.

Turns out manufacturers of antibacterial soap didn’t have the necessary proof and couldn’t actually substantiate their claims so the FDA was left with no other choice than to rule that…

“over-the-counter (OTC) consumer antiseptic wash products containing certain active ingredients can no longer be marketed. Companies will no longer be able to market antibacterial washes with these ingredients because manufacturers did not demonstrate that the ingredients are both safe for long-term daily use and more effective than plain soap and water in preventing illness and the spread of certain infections. Some manufacturers have already started removing these ingredients from their products.”

Even worse, there seems to be some proof that OTC antibacterial products are harmful, leading to bacterial resistance or hormonal effects.

You can read the complete press release here.

Honeywell Safety Products launches new YouTube Video Series

In an effort to deliver the latest in web-based tools to our PPE audience, Honeywell Safety Products has launched a new YouTube channel showcasing safety-related video content. Our videos focus on improving comfort, protection and safety compliance through instructional aids, product demonstrations and informative case studies. This channel was created to provide you with easy access to PPE solutions and encourage safety management. 

Making Safety Personal
In collaboration with Baker Concrete and Total E&P France, Honeywell Safety Products launched a new ‘Making Safety Personal’ video series. This series explores the function of safety management in demanding work environments – from an elevated railway at Miami International airport to a natural gas extraction in Lacq, France. Each video examines personal protection from the perspective of everyday workers, providing real-world examples of how customers benefit from our full range of PPE solutions.

The “Making Safety Personal” YouTube Video series includes 6 different videos to date. They include:


Making Safety Personal: Construction Safety Baker Concrete


Making Safety Personal: Carpenter Foreman safety profile with Baker Concrete


Making Safety Personal: Patch Specialist safety profile with Baker Concrete


Making Safety Personal: Gas Extraction Total E&P France


Making Safety Personal: Production Technician safety profile with Total E&P France


Making Safety Personal: Operator safety profile with Total E&P France