Considering the current COVID-19 pandemic and social need for clean hands and a safer work environment, The Ferro Group developed ‘FERROCLEAN HAND SANITISER’ – a world-class 80% Alcohol-based Disinfectant Hand Sanitiser that ticks all boxes when it comes to quality raw materials and expertise processes.

Citizens are urged to buy from reputable companies and to understand the content requirements, as set out by the World Health Organization (WHO) and quality aspects of the raw materials used, to ensure their sanitising efforts are effective and that they are buying a quality product.

Mission and expertise

Every South African deserves to be protected and safeguarded against Covid-19. This required reputable manufacturers to come forward and produce enough hand sanitiser that complies with recommended handrub formulations.

The risk of citizens buying hand sanitisers, at excessive prices, that does not meet acceptable quality raw materials and standards, motivated the team at Ferro to use their culture of technical innovation, expertise of working with hazardous chemicals and operations in place, to develop a manufacturing line that gives the consumer what they need – a disinfectant that is effective, reliable and priced responsibly.

NCS Resins is the largest manufacturer of unsaturated polyester resins in Africa and a leader in the development and supply of innovative test technology for the composites and allied industries. The Durban-based company was established in 1908 and, with over a century of knowledge and experience, this truly proud South African company is putting pure science at the heart of its business.

Raw materials used

According to the WHO the end-product of a hand sanitiser should have concentrations of ethanol 80% v/v or isopropyl alcohol 75% v/v, glycerol, hydrogen peroxide and distilled or purified water. In addition, the ’guidelines on hand hygiene in health care’ recommends using an alcohol-based hand rub for routine hand antisepsis in most clinical situations.

FERROCLEAN has a total alcohol content of more than 80% which is significant as most of the market is at 60% – 70% total alcohol. All the alcohols used in Ferro’s hand sanitiser, are based on either pure potable ethanol (food grade), or pure ethanol 99.9% (USP grade) and which have been denatured with approved pure isopropanol 99% (USP grade) or other approved non-toxic denaturants such as Bittrex. The various alcohols were specifically manufactured to remove toxic levels of methanol or acetates.

It does not contain any dyes or fragrances that could potentially result in an allergic reaction or skin irritation.

Water is sourced from municipal potable (drinking) water that is regularly tested by the municipality to ensure that it meets the requirements of the South African National Standards (SANS 241-1:2015). The water, used in FERROCLEAN, then undergoes further purification by the Ferro group using ion exchange resins to produce de-ionised water. This step removes any traces of toxic heavy metals. Deionised water is classified as “purified water” in accordance with the US Pharmacopeia (USP) guidelines.

A further purification step is applied, that satisfies the requirement for “protection against microbial contamination” and involves the use of hydrogen peroxide in the formulation which destroys any bacterial spores that may still be present either in any of the raw materials used or on the inside of the packaging.

Product range

FERROCLEAN Hand Sanitiser is available in bulk tankers of 25 000-litres and pack sizes of 5-litre jerry cans, 25-litre kegs and 250-litre drums, at extremely competitive prices, with a minimum order quantity of 540-litres (1 pallet).

It is the Ferro Group’s mission to supply a high-quality product at affordable prices without compromising on the quality of raw materials, neither on the processes followed.

For more information on the manufacturing company, or to place an order, visit www.ncsresins.com or send an email to sanitiser@ferrosa.co.za.

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