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Case 401 - Banned from using antibacterial wipes

Issue

An employee was advised that using antibacterial wipes to clean inside vehicles could lead to the development of a ‘superbug’.

Panel opinion

Superbugs are a real cause for concern for everyone, but the use of chemical disinfectants in antibacterial wipes is not going to make the situation worse when used correctly. The advice on the use of antibacterial wipes is to use one wipe per surface and then discard to avoid potentially spreading any bacteria to other surfaces. They are effective for the purpose being proposed, and seem like a sensible choice.

2016-09-06