Bulk Soap Contamination
The Fight Against Bulk Soap Contamination
Imagine using soap that actually spreads more germs than it kills. That's the situation some restroom users face every day. It’s to combat this little-known risk that GOJO developed SANITARY SEALED™ refills – specially designed to lock out germs and protect the health and well-being of handwashers.
As reported in the March 2011 issue of the Journal of Environmental Health, researcher Dr. Charles Gerba at the University of Arizona found that liquid soap in public restrooms from bulk refillable dispensers (in which refill soap is poured in a reservoir) frequently contains high levels of bacterial contamination. Dr. Charles P. Gerba Interview
Those findings were supported in a study documented in the May 2011 issue of Applied and Environmental Microbiology. This study proved that users of bulk soap risk picking up disease-causing microbes from the contaminated soap – and passing them along.
CNN News Report
The bulk soap risk was highlighted as part of a CNN report on The 8 Germiest Places at the Mall, dated November 26, 2011.
As the leader of hand hygiene and skin care, GOJO took early action in pursuit of greater social sustainability. We confronted the unnecessary health risk of bulk soap dispensers in public restrooms and shower facilities through the development and introduction of GOJO® SANITARY SEALED soap refills.
SANITARY SEALED refills are factory-sealed to lock out germs, preserving the integrity and effectiveness of your hand hygiene products. Each recyclable refill comes with its own fresh dispensing nozzle and snaps in place for quick and easy maintenance.
An interview with Dr. Charles P. Gerba, University of Arizona Microbiologist and director of the study on bulk soap contamination.
GOJO Response to Bulk - An Interview with Joe Kanfer
When GOJO Industries learned about the contamination issues of open refillable bulk soap reservoir dispensers, we wanted to know if it was based on verifiable data.
Meet Dr. Gerba
B.A. in Microbiology, Arizona State University, 1969; Ph.D. in Microbiology, University of Miami, Florida, 1973
Why Pour Soap is a Poor Choice
Not only does liquid refill pour soap—also known as bulk soap—put users of public restrooms at risk of bacterial contamination, but a new scientific study shows that even bleach and scrubbing isn’t enough to clean the dispenser and neutralize the threat.