GS-
41

Hand Cleaners and Hand Sanitizers for Industrial and Institutional Use

The Green Seal Standard for Hand Cleaners and Hand Sanitizers for Industrial and Institutional Use, GS-41, establishes environmental requirements for industrial heavy-duty hand cleaners and institutional hand cleaners, as well as alcohol-based hand sanitizers intended for use in the industrial and institutional market.

Recent Revision:

Green Seal has added standard criteria for alcohol-based hand sanitizers. Visit our Library of Standards Documents to see a complete record of the standard criteria development process. 

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Latest version: Edition 2.4, June 23, 2022

Recent Changes: GS-41 underwent corrections and/or clarifications and was re-published on October 28, 2022. For details on the non-substantive changes made to this standard, please see the Standard Documents Library.

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CRITERIA THAT HELP PRESERVE THE CLIMATE
Many of the standards for human health, minimizing waste, and ensuring clean water also help preserve the climate:

  • Content limits on volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
  • Limits on phosphorus
  • Reduced/recycled packaging
RESTRICTIONS TO PREVENT ADVERSE HEALTH EFFECTS
Skin Irritation Must not be a skin irritant
Skin Sensitization Must not be a skin sensitizer
Volatile Organic Compounds VOC Content < 1%
Carcinogens Prohibited above 100ppm
Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Cannot be intentionally added at any level
Nitrilotriacetic acid Prohibited above 100ppm
Ethylene Diaminetetraacetic Acid (EDTA) Prohibited above 100ppm
2-Butoxyethanol Prohibited above 100ppm
Alkylphenol Ethoxylates Prohibited above 100ppm
Halogenated Organic Solvents Prohibited above 100ppm
Colorants Must not contain intentionally added metals
Phthalates Must not be intentionally added to primary packaging
Bisphenol A Must not be intentionally added to primary packaging
Chlorinated Materials Must not be intentionally added to primary packaging
Hexavalent Chromium Must not be intentionally added to primary packaging
Lead Must not be intentionally added to primary packaging
Mercury Must not be intentionally added to primary packaging
Cadmium Must not be intentionally added to primary packaging
RESTRICTIONS TO PREVENT ADVERSE ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS
Acute Toxicity to Aquatic Life LC50 > 100mg/L for algae, daphnia, or fish
Aquatic Biodegradability Each organic ingredient must readily biodegrade
Eutrophication Inorganic phosphates prohibited above 100ppm
REQUIREMENTS TO PREVENT WASTE
Plastic Packaging Must be either source-reduced, recyclable, contain at least 25% post-consumer material, or be a refillable packaging with an effective take-back program
Non-Plastic Packaging Must be either source-reduced, recyclable or contain at least 25% post-consumer material
Use Labelling Must have detailed instructions for proper use to minimize waste
Recycling Labelling Plastic packages must be marked with the appropriate Resin Identification Code