Glo Germ Gel
The Glo Germ Gel is a solution which acts as a visual aid to teach proper handwashing, aseptic techniques, and general infection control.
The Glo Germ Gel is a visual aid used to teach proper handwashing, aseptic techniques, and general infection control. The user applies the solution onto their hands to simulate ‘germs’ before and after handwashing. The solution shows up as a brilliant blue-white when exposed to UV light revealing any remaining ‘germs’ as proof of improper handwashing.
Goal 6: Clean water and sanitation
Organisations and/or persons hoping to promote better handwashing and sanitary practices. Various target users include: manufacturers, resorts, child care & healthcare, universities, hospitals, restaurants, and food safety inspection programmes.
The product is protected via trademark registration and intellectual property rights.Interview with representative in 2020
The product can be purchased online from the manufacturer or various distributors worldwide.
The exact number is unknown, however, the product has been distributed around the world with primary international markets being Canada, Australia, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, Malta, New Zealand and many European countries.
Material/products consumed with each use
Number of times can the product be used before it has to be replaced
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Size of the product
- 8 ounce bottle
- 2 ounce bottle
The Glo Germ Gel is a solution that acts as a visual aid to teach proper handwashing, aseptic techniques, and general infection control. The solution is made out of 5 mm melamine copolymer resin beads that are fluorescent under black light illumination. The fluorescent property of the solution allows it to simulate germs, and the lamp illuminates the effectiveness of user sanitary practices.Interview with representative in 2020
Extracted from the Training Manual
The product, stored at room temperature and out of direct sunlight, has an indefinite shelflife.Interview with representative in 2020
Testing performed by researchers from The Ohio State University determined that Glo Germ particles were successful in visualizing the deposition of aerosals under normal and mock failure modes.
Testing conducted by The Ohio State University’s Comprehensive Cancer Center, Analytical Cytometry Shared Resource Laboratory, and Department of Molecular Virology, Immunology and Medical Genetics.
The product is to be used as a training aid only. It is not to be ingested. Contact with eyes to be avoided.
A Safety Data Sheet is available for this product.
UV flashlight required to fluoresce gel.
Oberyszyn, A.S., Robertson, F.M., 2001, Novel Rapid Method for Visualization of Extent and Location of Aerosal Contamination During High-Speed Sorting of Potentially Biohazardous Samples, Cytometry, Vol. 43, pp. 217-222
Perfetto, S.P, et al., 2003, Measuring Containment of Viable Infectious Cell Sorting in High-Velocity Cell Sorters, Cytometry Part A 52A, pp. 122-130
Glo Germ is approved and used by the CDC and health departments around the world when used as directed. Interview with representative in 2020
Glo Germ Gel is assessed for its fluorescent property as a visual aid tool for external application (e.g. skin). It is not designed for internal usage, except for professional research applications.
Several research efforts have been conducted over the years using Glo Germ solution as a tracer material, medically, and internal in animals.Interview with representative in 2020
Glo Germ also produces similar products in powder and oil form.
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