Hand Sanitizers

Keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others.  It is best to wash your hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. However, recognizing that washing hands with soap and water is not always an option, Environment, Health & Safety (EHS) recommends placing non-alcohol based hand sanitizer dispensers in your facilities.

To help limit the spread of germs all departments should purchase non-alcohol based hand sanitizer dispensers.  Non-alcohol based sanitizers are effective for inactivating harmful viruses and they eliminate the potential fire hazard associated with alcohol based materials.

Place non-alcohol based hand sanitizer dispensers in the following, but not limited to, locations:

  • Dining facilities
  • Shared equipment spaces (computer labs)
  • Residence halls
  • Athletic facilities
  • Buses
  • Child care centers
  • Public spaces/lobbies entrance areas
  • Meeting rooms
  • Other high traffic areas

Place the hand sanitizer in a location that is easy for faculty, staff, students, and visitors to find.  However, ensure that the location of the dispenser does NOT obstruct or otherwise impede egress from the space.

Standard Operating Procedures, Guidelines, and Manuals


Non-alcohol based hand sanitizer may be purchased from several University of Michigan (U-M) contract suppliers.  Products under contract have discount pricing, are available on M-Marketsite, and use short codes.  Supplier contact names, product information, and phone numbers, are posted at BAK Hand Sanitizers – Purchasing Sources.

How to Use

  • Apply product to the palm of one hand
  • Rub hands together
  • Rub the products over all surfaces of hands and fingers until hands are dry
  • Do not towel dry

When to Use

  • Before preparing or eating food
  • Before and after tending to someone who is sick
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing

For more information, contact EHS at (734) 647-1143.

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