ASTM E1174 - 13

    Standard Test Method for Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Health Care Personnel Handwash Formulations

    Active Standard ASTM E1174 | Developed by Subcommittee: E35.15

    Book of Standards Volume: 11.05


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    Significance and Use

    5.1 The procedure may be used to test the effectiveness of antimicrobial handwashing agents. The test formulations may be designed for frequent use to reduce the transient bacterial flora on hands. Alcohol-based hand rubs and other leave-on formulations used without the aid of water may be tested using Test Method E2755.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method is designed to determine the effectiveness of antimicrobial handwashing agents for the reduction of transient microbial flora when used in a handwashing procedure.

    1.2 A knowledge of microbiological techniques is required for these procedures.

    1.3 This test method may be used to evaluate topical antimicrobial handwash formulations.

    1.4 Performance of this procedure requires the knowledge of regulations pertaining to the protection of human subjects.2

    1.5 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard; except for distance, in which case inches are used and metric units follow in parentheses.

    1.6 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use. For more specific precautionary statements see 8.2.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    E1054 Test Methods for Evaluation of Inactivators of Antimicrobial Agents

    E2755 Test Method for Determining the Bacteria-Eliminating Effectiveness of Hand Sanitizer Formulations Using Hands of Adults


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 71.100.40 (Surface active agents)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 51102700(Antiseptics); 47131803(Household disinfectants)


    Referencing This Standard

    DOI: 10.1520/E1174-13

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    Citation Format

    ASTM E1174-13, Standard Test Method for Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Health Care Personnel Handwash Formulations, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2013, www.astm.org

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