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Olympic sporting handshake


Initial offers to keep athletes’ hands germ free and maintain tradition of a sporting handshake

- British athletes have been warned against shaking hands with rivals and dignitaries at the London Olympics. Asked if handshakes should be avoided, BOA chief medical officer Ian McCurdie said: "I think, within reason, yes. The greatest threat to performance is illness and possibly injury. We are talking about minimising risk of illness. It is all about hand hygiene."

- Initial Hygiene offers to provide athletes with UltraProtect – a long lasting hand hygiene protection which offers continuous protection against wide range of bacteria and viruses including swine flu (H1N1), MRSA, Salmonella, Norovirus and E. coli

Initial Hygiene today offered its support to British athletes by offering to provide germ-killing foam hand sanitiser and retain the tradition of a sporting handshake.

Its product, UltraProtect™, is proven to protect against a wide range of bacteria and viruses including swine flu (H1N1), MRSA, Salmonella, Norovirus and E. coli, for much longer than traditional alcohol-based cleaners. Following a development process which began almost four years ago, it kills 99.9% of germs and offers continuous protection long after traditional sanitising products have stopped working. It kills germs by destroying their cellular structure and forming an invisible barrier against a wide range of bacteria and viruses.

The UltraProtect™ range features a gel hand sanitiser, a foam hand sanitiser and handy packs of hand wipes. The products, which are alcohol-free, provide continuous protection for up to six hours on hands and 24 hours on surfaces

Peter Barratt, Technical Manager at Initial Hygiene, commented: “there is no reason to end centuries of sporting tradition when we have technology available which not only destroys germs but also protects against re-contamination.”