FDA advises consumers not to use hand sanitizer products manufactured by Eskbiochem

[6/19/2020] FDA advises consumers not to use any hand sanitizer manufactured by
Eskbiochem SA de CV in Mexico, due to the potential presence of methanol (wood
alcohol), a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested.
FDA has identified the following products manufactured by Eskbiochem:

• All-Clean Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-002-01)
• Esk Biochem Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-007-01)
• CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-008-
• Lavar 70 Gel Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-006-01)
• The Good Gel Antibacterial Gel Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-010-10)
• CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-005-
• CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-009-
• CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-003-
• Saniderm Advanced Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-001-01)

FDA tested samples of Lavar Gel and CleanCare No Germ. Lavar Gel contains 81
percent (v/v) methanol and no ethyl alcohol, and CleanCare No Germ contains 28
percent (v/v) methanol. Methanol is not an acceptable ingredient for hand sanitizers
and should not be used due to its toxic effects.

Consumers who have been exposed to hand sanitizer containing methanol should seek
immediate treatment, which is critical for potential reversal of toxic effects of
methanol poisoning. Substantial methanol exposure can result in nausea, vomiting,
headache, blurred vision, permanent blindness, seizures, coma, permanent damage to
the nervous system or death. Although all persons using these products on their hands
are at risk, young children who accidently ingest these products and adolescents and
adults who drink these products as an alcohol (ethanol) substitute, are most at risk for
methanol poisoning.

On June 17, 2020, FDA contacted Eskbiochem to recommend the company remove its
hand sanitizer products from the market due to the risks associated with methanol
poisoning. To date, the company has not taken action to remove these potentially
dangerous products from the market. Therefore, FDA recommends consumers stop
using these hand sanitizers and dispose of them immediately in appropriate hazardous
waste containers. Do not flush or pour these products down the drain.

FDA reminds consumers to wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20
seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after coughing,
sneezing, or blowing one’s nose. If soap and water are not readily available, the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


(CDC) recommend consumers use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at
least 60 percent ethanol.

FDA remains vigilant and will continue to take action when quality issues arise with
hand sanitizers. Additionally, the agency is concerned with false and misleading claims
for hand sanitizers, for example that they can provide prolonged protection such as
24-hours against viruses including COVID-19, since there is no evidence to support
these claims.

To date, FDA is not aware of any reports of adverse events associated with these hand
sanitizer products. FDA encourages health care professionals, consumers and patients
to report adverse events or quality problems experienced with the use of hand
sanitizers to FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting (/safety/medwatch-fdasafety-information-and-adverse-event-reporting-program) program:

• Complete and submit the report online
(https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/medwatch/index.cfm); or

• Download and complete the form (/media/85598/download), then submit it via
fax at 1-800-FDA-0178

New Changes and Cancellations

This is the latest update on changes for members of IUEC Local 17:

The April 10, 2020 union meeting and annual Retiree’s Dinner to be held at Harry’s Steak House May 1 are cancelled.  The dinner will be rescheduled at a later date.

All apprentices are to log into the NEIEP website (neiep.org) for information on completing this semester online in a home study format.

Apprentices are also reminded to submit their OJT time and update any missing time to the NEIEP website as soon as possible.

Business Manager John Driscoll, Jr recently sent two emails with important information for Local 17 members.  First is a summary of the CARES Act, the $2 trillion relief package passed by Congress and signed by the President, and it’s effect on the IUEC and local members.  Second is a notice from the Cleveland Building Trades on Jobsite Health and Safety.  If you have not received these emails, then contact John at 216-431-8088 or email him at JEDriscoll@iueclocal17.org.

IUEC, NEBA Agreement on Furloughs and Layoffs

To all,

There has been a Memorandum of Understanding between NEBA and the IUEC regarding Furloughs and Flexible Workweeks.

In short, the Company will be able to ask for volunteers to take a furlough and then follow article XXII par. 3 when mandating a furlough.  Also, the regular work day at straight time pay has been changed to 8 hours between 5am and Midnight. The company can also schedule you for less than 40 per week for fewer than 5 days as long as you get at least 80 hours month.

I know there will be a million questions on this but, be patient as the International is doing the best they can to stay on top of a difficult situation.



John Driscoll

Business Rep.

IUEC Local 17

Office 216-431-8088

Cell 216-513-1413


Ohio Under Shutdown Order, Construction Trades Exempted

To all,

As we all know this pandemic is rapidly changing, in Governor DeWine’s press conference this afternoon he has issued the “Stay at Home” order starting tomorrow night at midnight.  The link at the bottom of the post will take you to the order.

In the order is a list of exceptions, under # 9 Essential Infrastructure the construction industry and building maintenance is included and under #12 k Critical Trades the men and women of the Building Trades are listed, we are expected to still go to work at this time.

We all need to be extremely cautious and if there is reason to believe you have been exposed or are feeling ill please stay home. Yesterday I was informed of the first confirmed case on a local construction site, The Lumen project at Playhouse Square, that job is shutdown by the General Contractor (Gilbane) for disinfecting,

I do not have any more details or a time frame.

Things are changing by the hour I’ll do my best to keep everyone updated. Stay Healthy


John Driscoll

Business Rep.

IUEC Local 17

Office 216-431-8088

Cell 216-513-1413

Ohio Stay-at-Home Order


Pandemic Unemployment Benefits Information

To all,

If you will be filing for unemployment due to a lay-off as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services has issued a number (2000180) to be used to help speed up the process.  The links below will give additional information on applying for state unemployment benefits.



John Driscoll, Jr.

Business Rep.

IUEC Local 17

ODJFS Provides Common Number to Speed Processing of COVID-19-Related Unemployment Benefits

Coronavirus and Unemployment Compensation Questions

Ohio Extends Unemployment To Those Affected By Covid-19 Closures

To all,

Ohio implemented an executive order to make some changes to the Unemployment System. The National Elevator Industry Health Benefit Plan also amended the weekly income benefit to include a 14 day COVID-19 Quarantine, also attached. I will keep everyone posted on any new information as I receive it.  Stay healthy.



John Driscoll

Business Rep.

IUEC Local 17

Office 216-431-8088

Cell 216-513-1413



IUEC Announces Benefit For Quarantined Members

Following is an announcement from IUEC Headquarters about members with COVID-19.  This is taken from the IUEC website, IUEC.org.

Special 14-Day Weekly Income Benefit: Quarantine on Account of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

The Trustees of the Health Plan have approved a temporary benefit for anyone who gets the COVID-19 virus or is quarantined because of the virus.  Attached is the Summary of Material Modifications for the benefit and the claim form to use for a member who is quarantined.

The regular Weekly Income Benefit for illness has a 7 day waiting period, but that waiting period is waived for the COVID-19 virus.  Both the SMM and claim form are also on the Benefits Office website.

Special 14-Day Weekly Income Benefit Quarantine on Account of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Health and Wellness

Administrators note:  The following links are provided for the assistance of friends, family and those in crisis.  There are no cookies or trackers on this website.  EVER.  If you know of any other resources, please forward them to the IUEC Local 17 website administrator.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

           1-800-273-TALK (8255) — 24 hour lifeline for those in crisis

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

IUEC Members Assistance Program

ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County

Alcoholics Anonymous

Narcotics Anonymous


Master Agreement Substance Abuse Information (SAMHSA)

22KILL — organization started by veterans for veterans in crisis




International Suicide Prevention Wiki