An Important Safety Message Regarding Hand Sanitizer
April 3, 2021
Harvard University has learned through recent press coverage that a private pharmaceutical testing company has detected benzene in some brands of hand sanitizer.
Although the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently allowed low levels of benzene in hand sanitizer, certain batches of these brands have been found to exceed those interim limits. Long-term exposure to benzene has been linked to an increased risk for certain types of cancer.
Out of an abundance of caution, Harvard is asking the University community to stop using and distributing the listed hand sanitizers (page 14 though page 16).
- Some schools and departments recently purchased artnaturals brand hand sanitizer through Harvard’s COVID-19 supply warehouse. If you have, please stop distributing this product. Harvard University Campus Services and Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) will arrange for pick-up.
- If you have any brand of hand sanitizer from the list, please stop using it, return it to your facility or building manager, or contact contact EH&S for advice on next steps.
Please forward this message to anyone in your local community as necessary. If you have any questions and need assistance please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.