The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has counseled producers of hand sanitisers and liquid hand wash to adhere strictly to global best practises.
The agency, which disclosed this in a statement on Thursday, warned that failure by manufacturers to obey the standard rules would attract penalties.
The agency further explained that the importance of quality hand sanitisers cannot be overemphasised at a time when the world was on the race to find solutions to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Director General, SON, Mr. Osita Aboloma, who was represented by the Ogun State Office 11, SON, Mr. Akanbi Eyitayo Micheal, at a public function where he gave the warning, said the organisation would not tolerate any compromise in standards.
Aboloma advised consumers to always insist on patronising only hand sanitisers certified by the SON towards avoiding harmful effects to their skin while at the same time getting value for their hard earned money.
“Quality hand sanitisers and liquid hand wash are one of the critical tools to battle the virus, saying that hand washing with soap and water is one of the most important steps that can be taken to avoid getting sick and spreading the virus to loved ones,” he said.
Aboloma also buttressed that many diseases were spread by not cleaning the hands properly after touching contaminated objects or surfaces, stressing why it was critical to wash hands at key times, such as after a flood or during a pandemic.
Recall that the SON supported the production and importation of essential materials to combat the challenges of Covid-19 through the deployment of 28 relevant international standards from the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) and one from the African Organisation for Standardisation (ARSO) respectively.
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