The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has given a warning to consumers to only patronise hand sanitisers certified by the agency as some products in the market were capable of causing skin damage.
The warning was given in a Monday statement by SON.
This is just as the agency warned manufacturers of hand sanitisers and liquid hand wash to adhere strictly to global best practices or risk penalties.
The agency pointed out that the importance of quality hand sanitisers cannot be overemphasised at a time when the world was on the race to find a cure to combat the Coronavirus pandemic.
SON said that during a facility tour to Cormat Nigeria in Ogun State Office, it warned manufacturers that it “would not tolerate any minus in standards”.
“SON urged consumers to always insist on patronising only hand sanitisers certified by SON to avoid harmful effects on their skin while also getting value for their hard-earned money.
“Quality hand sanitisers and liquid hand wash are one of the critical tools to battle the virus, 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,” the agency said.
SON said it supported the manufacturing and importation of essential materials for production of alcohol-based Hand Sanitisers 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).