What is the Clean Hands Challenge?

 

The Clean Hands Challenge is a fund raiser that also creates awareness for personal safety while improving health and mitigating the spread of bacteria and viruses that plague communities.  Our goal is to provide education awareness that results in improving the quality of lives.  According to the CDC "Cleaning your hands is like a "do-it-yourself" vaccine you can take to reduce the spread of diarrhea and respiratory illness so you can stay healthy. Regular hand cleaning, particularly before and after certain activities, is one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick, and prevent the spread of germs to others."  (CDC)

Product Comparisons

OSM Hand Shield™

OSM Hand Shield™ (hand purifier) is a natural barrier on the skin that protects its user from attracting germs. According to the U.S. CDC 80% of all cross- contamination comes from human touch. Traditional alcohol based hand sanitizers stop working the instant they dry (8-10 seconds), become less effective with repeated use and can irritate the hands. SmartTouch™ Hand Purifier lasts all day long, resists 10 hand washings between applications. Alcohol free formula Fast drying, leaves no sticky residue, non-staining - colorless moisturizes and conditions hands.  Water-based formula is safe and non-flammable.

  • By requiring each person who walks through your doors to apply the hand Purifier, the students and staff will continue to be protected beyond your walls will create a preventative care as it continues to work up to 10 washings as they are off to play, heading to the store or home. Understanding the residual effects of the application, the SmartTouch Hand Purifier will have a lasting positive impression on the user. Therefore it is feasible that both students and staff will carry this shield of protection into the remainder of their time away from school. Assisting in the promotion of better health.

  • The product leaves a soft sheen feel that re-ensures the user that it is still working to protect the user.

 

Hand Sanitizers

Not such good news, use promotes poorer health and detrimental damage to users. However they are riddled within the schools in Knox County.

  • Triclosan the active ingredient kills off all of your good germs making it easier for anti-body resistance strains to flourish. A new study by PLOS One reported that using hand sanitizers can increase your skin exposure absorption of Bisephenol A (BPA).

  • BPA is used in the production of most if not all hard plastics, including food and beverage storage containers.

  • The danger of BPA, it basically imitates our bodies hormones sneaking into the body and disrupting the endocrine (hormone system) system.

  • The endocrine system is the collection of glands that produce hormones that regulate metabolism, growth and development, tissue function, sexual function, reproduction, sleep, and mood, among other things.

  • Studies have linked high amounts of BPA to hormonal disorder, heart disease, cancer, infertility, and diabetes.

  • Most hand sanitizers contain chemicals that enhance lipophilic compounds in your skin. Refering to the ability of these chemical compounds  to dissolve in fats, oils and lips. These non-polar solvents are themselves lipophilic (translated as "fat-loving" or "fat-liking. BPA is one of those chemical compounds. So researchers from the University of Missouri specifically looked at cash register receipt paper which contains very high quantities of BPA to see if hand sanitizers increase the absorption of those chemicals. Their determination: By using hand sanitizer before touching the receipt paper increases the absorption by 100 fold.

  • As a conclusion to this issue: all the BPA that lingers on the hands, so if you were to eat food after touching anything containing BPA it would allow for a double dose of BPA into the body, through the skin and mouth.

  • BPA is found also in fast food wrappers and other printed materials.

  • Those specific levels of BPA during the study have proven to increase the risk of disease in adults, and abnormalities in children.

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