When implementing hand sanitizers, it is important for cleaning crews to pay particular attention to proper placement and the needs within the facility before designating sanitizing stations.

First and foremost, sanitizers should be offered in areas where water is not readily available but sanitary hands are still important.

For example, a physician’s office may place a dispenser outside patient rooms so doctors can quickly sanitize their hands between patients, without having to spend the extra time going to a restroom to wash up.

Schools, nursing homes, day care centers and other facilities with sensitive populations can also benefit from having sanitizer dispensers at various points throughout the facility. In environments where sanitizer stations are not necessary, departments might choose to offer desk- or pocket-sized sanitizers for employee use.

It is also important to remember that sanitizers are inappropriate in any environment where an employee may misuse the product. The population in a prison or homeless shelter, for example, could abuse the alcohol-based product by ingesting it or by using it as a flammable accelerant. In facilities where children are present, sanitizers should be placed out of their reach and used only with adult supervision. Alternatives to ingestible sanitizers include wipes or lotion-based products.