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Land, Brenda . 2009. Do Hand Sanitizers Really Work?. 0923 1303P. San Dimas, CA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, San Dimas Technology and Development Center. 6 p.

Field crews, such as firefighters, trail crews, back-country rangers, and restoration teams often spike camp (i.e., a remote camp usually near a fireline, and lacking the logistical support of a larger fire camp) in the backcountry. Since water must be packed in to some camps, there might be insufficient quantities of water for personal hygiene needs. Portable hand-washing stations exist but they may not be appropriate for back-country situations. The health risk to field crews is always high when personnel are spiked out for long periods of time and not provided with adequate hand-washing facilities. The supply unit issues firefighters gel hand sanitizers, foam hand sanitizers, or prewetted disposable wipes, but their effectiveness for hand cleaning is unknown.


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