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Damage to sensitive equipment is a problem with frequent fogging

 

Getting back to work safely and without ruining your electrical kit

March 2021

The problems

 

  • What is an effective strategy?
  • Cost
  • How can I prove that the workplace is safe
  • Downtime to ventilate after cleaning with irritating chemicals
  • COSH implications for storing chemicals
  • PPE for cleaning
  • Increased corrosion of office electrical equipment
  • Time spent cleaning

 

As we prepare to return to the office it’s important to understand the risks of spreading infection at work and mitigating those risks. Firstly no matter how you sanitise the office space it will be compromised the minute that your first employee or customer enters. There is an underlying level of risk that cannot be removed so it’s vital that staff and customers stick to the guidance about testing, isolating and hygiene that is covered in great detail in government advice.

 

Business owners and their advisors must consider what is appropriate in each case, for instance a reasonable strategy for an open plan office may be fortnightly sanitising of the whole space with frequently used smaller spaces such as meeting rooms sanitised after every use. Individuals should take responsibility for their own work space with the provision of simple disinfecting sprays. Combined with adherence to the government advice this would seem to be a solid approach. Any business that feels the need to demonstrate the efficacy of their programme can easily do so with weekly testing using an ATP meter (frequently used in the food service industry this provides an objective value of biological activity).

 

To treat a room effectively, you will need to sanitise both air and surfaces – keeping frequently used surfaces clean is a good start but if airborne contaminants continue to land after cleaning the surface this will be compromised. These ‘contaminants’ can include coronaviruses, cold and flu viruses, mould spores, bacteria, dust mites, cat and pet dander, and a variety of other unhealthy things that can be inhaled and affect health. None of these contaminants can fly but rather drift around on air currents before gravity has its inevitable effect (coronaviruses are thought to be transported on tiny liquid droplets hence the 2 metre rule).

 

Popular methods such as spot fogging or UV light applications are often used as a means of complete sanitisation. The former relies upon manual input, substantial amounts of PPE for the administrator and is susceptible to areas being missed with the heavy droplets falling directly onto the floor. The latter cannot cover areas that are shadowed by other objects. Traditional cloth and spray methods treat surface areas and are only as effective as the chemicals used – many of which require several minutes to be effective yet are wiped away almost immediately.

 

Another major (and largely overlooked) problem is that the frequent use of wet sprays and fogging systems will lead to increased corrosion of sensitive electronic equipment. This is not a major problem in changing rooms or client meeting rooms with no IT equipment but becomes a major issue in medical environments, gyms and normal offices with PCs, screens and printers in every corner.

The Solution – Misting with TriBioSan

  • Non toxic to humans and pets
  • No COSH implications
  • No lengthy ventilation time
  • No PPE or special training
  • Results can be measured using ATP meter
  • Reduced corrosion
  • Rapid sanitising of all surfaces and air
  • Cost effective

Pure Misting exclusively distributes the products of Eco-Mist Biotechnics, these were developed specifically with a medical environment and all of the incorporated sensitive equipment in mind. The misters produce a very fine spray with particles below 10 microns, this feels dry and drifts around rooms like smoke sanitising all exposed surfaces and the air.

The solution used is TriBioSan which is a refined version of synthetically produced Hypochlorous Acid. This breaks down the DNA/RNA of any pathogens present thus preventing them from reproducing and building resistance. Hypochlorous Acid, unlike chlorine bleach, is 100% safe and non-irritant. If it gets on your skin or in your eyes, it will not burn. Even if it were accidentally ingested, it is completely harmless. Yet, it is 70-80 times more efficient at killing microbial pathogens than chlorine bleach.

Quick and Easy

Misting is quick and easy, can be performed without the need for PPE and dramatically slows regrowth, therefore leaving the entire room sanitised to clinical standards in minutes.

There is a range of appliances available, including the turbo which delivers the mist from four angled misting heads to cover larger open plan areas (>60m²), a smaller easily transportable device that will suit most smaller rooms e.g. hotel rooms, surgeries, mobile homes etc and the Ambugard which is designed for vehicles – specifically ambulances.

There is also a hand held mister that produces a slightly larger particle size spray (10-20 microns) which is still classified as “dry”. This is ideal for frequently used areas such as small meeting rooms, treatment rooms, vehicles and work stations eg beauty salons, hairdressers.

TriBioSan can also be used as a very effective alcohol free hand sanitiser – no more gloopy gels needed. TriBioSan works in a different way to most hand sanitisers so alcohol is not needed this results in less sore/chapped skin (which is a great breeding place for viruses) and much smaller quantities being used. Contact us to find out about the usual range of dispensers and our handy pocket sprays.

To book a FREE sanitisation test of your workspace:

Contact mike@puremisting.co.uk

01628825242

 

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