Schools across the country have been told they can close today (Friday) if they are found to be using a certain type of hand sanitiser.
The Department of Agriculture issued an urgent recall on ViraPro Hand Sanitiser late last night. The brand is used in many schools across Ireland.
Members of the public are advised to stop using this sanitiser “with immediate effect” as prolonged use “may may cause dermatitis, eye irritation, upper respiratory system irritation and headaches.”
ViraPro was one of 11 suppliers used by the Department of Education on the reopening of schools this term.
All schools have been told to check whether they use this supplies and have stocks of the product.
If a school is impact by the recall, they are given the choice to close for the day or close early this Friday (23rd October).
Schools can also buy hand sanitiser locally and maximise hand washing throughout the day.