Hand Sanitizer


Last updated: January 6, 2021

Due to an ongoing increase in demand throughout Canada, AHS continues to experience supply challenges acquiring sufficient quantities of the 1L Microsan® cartridges, which contain product made with pharmaceutical-grade ethanol, used in wall-mounted alcohol-based hand rub (ABHR) dispensers to allow for all empty dispensers to be refilled at once. Alternate portable products have and continue to be supplied in place of the 1L cartridges.

A phased approach is being used for distribution based on patient population, including risks of ingestion and theft.

Inbound volumes and product usage continue to be closely monitored and when AHS is confident a consistent supply of product can be maintained, deployment will be expanded further.

Additionally, personal size 50 ml ABHR dispensers are available for use. Contact your site services representative for ordering information.

We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time.

Technical-grade Ethanol

We continue to communicate with our product suppliers and manufacturers as we work through concerns with odor of some hand sanitizer products, associated with the use of technical-grade ethanol in the manufacturing process. This change to technical-grade is temporary, as manufacturers work to find alternatives during a worldwide shortage.

Please find further information on the risk associated with use of these products here.

Additionally, beginning May 29, 2020, AHS is labelling any hand sanitizer products that contain technical-grade ethanol, found in its facilities.

You will find labelling on all impacted 400 ml bottles of hand sanitizer, and posters located near all dispensers of impacted products.

Hand hygiene continues to be essential to the health and wellness of our patients and staff. If you choose not to use hand sanitizer labelled as containing technical-grade ethanol, it is critical that you instead wash hands with soap and warm water.

AHS Staff & Health Professional COVID-19 Table - Filter Hand Sanitizer