The FDA Bans Triclosan from Healthcare Antiseptics

In December 2017, the FDA issued a final rule in regards to triclosan and 23 other active ingredients in healthcare antiseptic products. They have given companies a year to remove antiseptics containing triclosan from their facilities.

Triclosan was originally added to products like healthcare antiseptics to reduce bacterial contamination. Currently, the FDA has no evidence that products containing triclosan are any more effective than products without it. Because of this, triclosan adds more risk than benefit to consumers.

Though studies are ongoing, some research has shown that triclosan has been associated with health risks and may contribute to antibiotic resistance. According to the FDA, companies have not been able to provide sufficient data regarding the safety and effectiveness of triclosan.

For healthcare facilities, this means taking a second look at your hand hygiene program and products. The Symmetry® Hand Hygiene Program is an FDA-compliant hand hygiene program. Symmetry hand washes and sanitizers are effective and triclosan-free. They are also gentle on the hands of healthcare workers who sanitize multiple times a day. Symmetry provides a variety of product options, including Green Seal™ certified products and fragrance-free products. The complete Symmetry Hand Hygiene Program can be customized to fit the needs of your facility.

For more information on how to improve your hand hygiene program or about the FDA’s triclosan ban, contact your local Buckeye representative.

Buckeye Green Seal™ Certified Products

Buckeye Green Seal Certified Products

Buckeye’s goal is to manufacture products that are safer for the worker and environment with a commitment to uncompromised product performance. Buckeye’s Green Seal™ certified products not only outperform other green products, they also outperform non-green, conventional chemistries.

So what exactly does Green Seal certified mean? “Green Seal is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to safeguarding the environment and transforming the marketplace by promoting the manufacture, purchase, and use of environmentally responsible products and services.” For a product to be Green Seal certified means that is meets rigorous health, performance and environmental criteria and Buckeye has over 20 products that are Green Seal certified. Buckeye Green Seal certified products are dilutable (where applicable), butyl-free, and contain no APEO’s or EDTA, and may be used in multiple applications while maintaining maximum product performance.

Having Green Seal certified products is part of Buckeye’s sustainability commitment, which is to provide the most innovative, high performance products, packaging, and programs that promote human health and safety. Buckeye also proactively eliminated products that contained potentially hazardous ingredients including butyl, ammonia, solvents, and alcohol bases. To learn more about Green Seal go to