Promoting the proper use of hand sanitisers – A health literacy collaboration

Today, Consumer Healthcare Products (CHP) Australia and Life Education are pleased to launch a consumer information campaign that promotes the proper use and safe storage of hand sanitisers.

This is our latest collaboration, and part of our ongoing partnership aimed at improving Australians’ health literacy.

When used correctly hand sanitisers are safe and effective, but we must remember to take extra care around kids. Just like with medicines and other household products, younger kids can mistake hand sanitisers as food or drink.

To help equip Australian families with the information they need to stay healthy and use hand sanitisers safely, we have developed shareable resources focused on 6 practical tips.

  • Store hand sanitisers safely out of kids’ reach, including those kept in purses or sports bags.
  • Follow the label instructions and supervise kids’ use. This helps ensure hand sanitisers are used safely and effectively.
  • Teach older kids how to use hand sanitisers properly without assistance.
  • Practice good hand washing habits. Scrubbing with soap and water is the best way to clean your hands and kill the most germs.
  • If you don’t have access to soap and water, use hand sanitiser.
  • If a child swallows hand sanitiser, immediately call the Poisons Information Centre on 131 126. Available from anywhere in Australia - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

We encourage individuals and organisations to get involved. Share the message of good hand hygiene and the proper use of hand sanitisers, and help stop the spread.

Click here to access all our campaign resources.