Clarification on hand sanitiser fire risk in hot vehicles

Content originally from Mid and South Essex Health and Care Partnership

You may have heard that advice was circulating within the NHS about a risk of hand sanitiser might catch fire if left in hot cars. The part of the NHS that originally issued the the advice has now shared a clarification as follows.

“At the end of May, NHS Property Services (NHSPS) received notifications from safety officers at Unison who raised media reports from US Fire Authorities that hand sanitisers were catching fire in vehicles.  At NHSPS we take our duty of care toward our frontline staff very seriously. As such, in response to the notification we received, our health and safety team issued an internal message to highlight the potential risks associated with hand sanitisers in vehicles. 

“With the hot summer approaching, there was concern for our facilities management staff who would be transporting this material. This decision to raise awareness across colleagues was made in good faith. It is now our understanding that the risks associated with hand sanitisers in vehicles only become apparent when in contact with a spark. We will be issuing a formal alert to our frontline teams to clarify this situation.”