Proper Use and Storage of Alcohol-based Hand Sanitisers

Consumer, Industry member, General safety

The Health Sciences Authority (HSA) advises members of the public to be aware of how to use and store alcohol-based hand sanitisers.

Alcohol-based hand sanitisers are generally flammable especially if they contain a high concentration of alcohol (above 60%). Nevertheless, the risk of flammability is low if the hand sanitiser is used and stored properly.

When using alcohol-based hand sanitisers, make sure that you rub the product all over the surfaces of your hands until your hands are dry. This is to avoid having any alcohol remaining on your hands and exposing yourself to fire risk should you be near any open flames.

Alcohol-containing hand sanitisers should be stored in a cool place. They should not be kept in places near open flames and heat, particularly for those in bigger volumes (more than 100ml).

Always ensure that the lids and caps of the hand sanitisers are properly sealed. This is to avoid leakage onto other items (e.g. pockets, clothes, bags, vehicles and bedding) which may become a potential fire hazard.

HSA’s actions

In view of the potential fire hazard, HSA has reminded all retailers to label hand sanitisers which contain more than 60% alcohol concentration and in volumes more than 100ml with the relevant warning labels*.

Some examples are shown below:

“Flammable, keep away from flame and heat” (or equivalent wordings)



 (or equivalent logo)

Hand washing with soap and water is the best

You are encouraged to use soap and water to wash your hands regularly as it is the most effective way to protect yourselves from bacteria and viruses. Use hand sanitisers only if soap and water are not available.

*Note: Suppliers may take some time to label their stock.  


HSA Hand sanitiser (final)