In this article, industry manufacturers answer common questions asked by building service contractors.

Should kids in schools be allowed to use hand sanitizer?
Yes. When soap and water are not available, alcohol-based hand sanitizers are the next best thing to stop the spread of germs and keep students, faculty and staff healthy, especially during cold and flu season. As most know, schools are like a breeding ground for germs and their transmission, it is unavoidable with the number of people in close proximity to each other all day, sharing keyboards and exchanging materials. 

It is nearly impossible to be near soap and water all the time and sanitizers are perfect for this very reason. As with any hand washing/sanitizing activity, teachers and administrators should monitor and oversee the use of hand sanitizers with small children to be sure they are using the right amount correctly. 
Lori Huffman, Head of Marketing, North America, STOKO An Evonik Brand, Greensboro, N.C.

Yes, with supervision. Studies have shown that using hand sanitizers are 100 times more effective against viruses than any other form of hand washing. Permitting the use of hand sanitizers in schools and placing hand sanitizer dispensers in classrooms, restrooms, cafeterias and other social areas will reduce absenteeism due to illness and can reinforce good hygiene habits.
Katharina Versluis, Marketing Manager, Gent-l-kleen Products Inc., York, Pa.

Absolutely. Although there are some concerns with alcohol-based sanitizers, hand sanitizers are ideal because they kill common germs quickly and can be used anywhere that water is not available. If you have concerns with alcohol-based products, we recommend using non-alcohol hand sanitizers that also work well.
Dan Renner, Director of Marketing, Kutol Products Co., Sharonville, Ohio