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By Anais Eusebio - 9th March, 2021 | Posted in All sector
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At Sychem, we offer a number of solutions in our chemicals range including our range of hand sanitisers.

What is Benzalkonium Chloride?

Benzalkonium chloride (also known as BZK or BKC) is an alcohol-free antimicrobial compound that has been widely used in the healthcare industry for more than 60 years. Used in formulas for preservatives, surface cleaners, sterilizing agents, and leave-on, FDA Monograph anti-bacterial skin treatment products. The chemical properties of benzalkonium chloride make it a good candidate for persistent antimicrobial activity in mammalian tissue.

What is Benzalkonium Chloride used in?

Benzalkonium chloride-based leave-on hand Sanitisers have demonstrated efficacy in real-world environments. When evaluated in junior school environments where the importance of proper hygiene practices including hand washing is taught and emphasised; the use of non-alcohol benzalkonium chloride-based leave-on instant hand sanitisers reduced illness absenteeism 30-40% in double-blind, placebo-controlled studies versus hand washing alone.

Benzalkonium Chloride is not just used in hand-Sanitisers however, it can also be used as an antimicrobial preservative for pharmaceutical products.

How have we used Benzalkonium Chloride in our products at Sychem?

At Sychem, our Sychem Protect Foam Hand Sanitiser is based on the active ingredient Benzalkonium chloride. A unique formulation featuring exceptional skin feel, conditioning and moisturising properties. The efficacy of our product has been confirmed to reduce S. aureus 99.9999% in as little as 15 seconds.

Sychem Protect Foam Hand Sanitizer is in compliance with the FDA Final Tentative Monograph for OTC Hand Sanitizer preparations (leave-on sanitizers not requiring a rinse). Sychem Protect produces a fast-drying, non-sticky foam that contains unique non-drying, conditioning and moisturising ingredients- leaving the skin with a soft, refreshing and silky after-feel, and does not contain polymer thickeners or silicones.


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