1BioScience Laboratories Inc., Study No. 131072-301, June 2014
2BioScience Laboratories Inc. Study No. 140436-101, August 2014
3In vitro testing data on file
|Product Size||Part Number||Dispenser Type|
|8-1200 mL||6000146||Next Generation|
|6-750 mL||6000149||Foam (Tango)|
What is the active ingredient in Equi-Soft Foam?
The active ingredient in Equi-Soft Foam is benzalkonium chloride, which is a type of quaternary ammonium compound (quat). Equi-Soft Foam uses a 0.55% concentration of benzalkonium chloride.
Some hard surface disinfectants are quaternary ammonium compounds. Is it safe for me to use a product that contains quat on my skin?
Yes. It is safe to use products that contain quaternary ammonium on your skin.
Quaternary ammonium compounds have been used in skin care products since the 1930’s. In addition to hand soap, benzalkonium chloride is the same ingredient used in many common consumer products, including eye drops (Visine®), nasal sprays, antiseptic wipes, mouthwashes, and wound antiseptics (Bactine®).
Could this soap cause an allergic reaction?
Often what is thought to be an allergic reaction to skin care products is actually irritation or contact dermatitis. It is unlikely that using Equi-Soft Foam would cause a true allergic reaction. Equi-Soft Foam was formulated to be gentle. Clinical testing has demonstrated that the formula offers the mildness of the market leading non-medicated soap.
As with any hand hygiene product, if you experience skin irritation, please contact your Ecolab representative.
Are there any adverse effects of extended use of quat similar to the concerns with triclosan?
The concerns regarding the long term effects of triclosan are based specifically on its chemistry. Benzalkonium chloride (the active ingredient in Equi-Soft Foam) is substantially different than triclosan.
Benzalkonium chloride has been used in personal care products for decades with no known concerns.