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By Nicole - 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?

Also known as BZK or BKC,  it 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, sterilising 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?

BZK 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 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.

BZK in Sychem products

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 Sanitiser is in compliance with the FDA Final Tentative Monograph for OTC Hand Sanitiser preparations (leave-on sanitisers 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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