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ASTM E1838

Standard Test Method for Determining the Virus-Eliminating Effectiveness of Hygienic Handwash and Handrub Agents Using the Fingerpads of Adults

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Organization: ASTM
Publication Date: 1 April 2010
Status: inactive
Page Count: 7
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Human skin is not known to carry viruses as a part of its resident microbiota. Hands transiently contaminated with viruses can, however, act as vehicles for the spread of many types of viral infections. Hand hygiene is meant to reduce the load of viruses and other transient microorganisms on hands, thereby reducing the risk of disease transmission. Such reductions in the virus load may be due to a combination of virus inactivation and mechanical removal of infectious virus from the skin.

This test method is designed to determine the comparative virus-eliminating effectiveness of microbicidal or nonmicrobicidal formulations. This test method is not meant for use with surgical hand scrubs or preoperative skin preps.

NOTE 1-The test method should be performed by persons with training in virology in facilities designed and equipped for work with infectious agents at biosafety level 2 (6).

The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. No other units of measurement are included in this standard.

This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

Document History

April 1, 2017
Standard Test Method for Determining the Virus-Eliminating Effectiveness of Hygienic Handwash and Handrub Agents Using the Fingerpads of Adults
Human skin is not known to carry viruses as a part of its resident microbiota, with the notable exception of papilloma viruses (10). Hands transiently contaminated with viruses can, however, act as...
ASTM E1838
April 1, 2010
Standard Test Method for Determining the Virus-Eliminating Effectiveness of Hygienic Handwash and Handrub Agents Using the Fingerpads of Adults
Human skin is not known to carry viruses as a part of its resident microbiota. Hands transiently contaminated with viruses can, however, act as vehicles for the spread of many types of viral...
April 10, 2002
Standard Test Method for Determining the Virus-Eliminating Effectiveness of Liquid Hygienic Handwash and Handrub Agents Using the Fingerpads of Adult Volunteers
Human skin does not carry viruses as a part of its resident flora. Hands transiently contaminated with viruses, however, can act as vehicles for the spread of many types of viral infections. Hygienic...
October 10, 1996
Standard Test Method for Determining the Virus-Eliminating Effectiveness of Liquid Hygienic Handwash Agents Using the Fingerpads of Adult Volunteers
1. Scope 1.1 Human skin does not carry viruses as a part of its resident flora. Hands transiently contaminated with viruses, however, can act as vehicles for the spread of many types of viral...

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