Disinfecting all of the critical high-touch objects in buildings is a challenge for any housekeeping program at the best of times, and even more so during periods of increased illness rates and outbreaks. We believe that an established technology known as No Touch Disinfection (NTD) can help solve this problem.
Through the use of electrostatic spray devices, NTD augments your current daily cleaning and disinfection practices, allowing you to ensure complete disinfectant coverage of all high touch surfaces in an economical and efficient manner. This approach is now being used to provide enhanced disinfection for everything from nursing homes to passenger planes to schools.
Implementing NTD can be easy once the requirements of the facility are properly matched to the correct application technology and disinfectant chemistry. Once the technology is selected, education and training enable safe deployment of NTD.
Imperial Dade offers electrostatic and spray disinfection systems that can meet everyone’s budget and application requirements. These units impart an electrostatic charge to the disinfectant particles to achieve 360° surface coverage. During periods of heightened threats of infection or actual outbreaks, you need to be able to ensure 100% coverage of all frequently touched surfaces and objects. Electrostatic spray devices can apply disinfectant up faster, using less chemical and achieve uniform coverage. As a result, large areas can be effectively and efficiently treated in an economical fashion.
In any public setting, the disinfectant needs to be matched to the organisms of most concern, be it the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus which causes the infection known as Covid-19, Influenza, Norovirus, MRSA, or any number of other bacterial, viral, or fungal pathogens. Then, the treatment frequency of the high touch objects needs to be determined – be it weekly, daily, or a more frequent schedule. Also, precautions need to be taken when treating areas adjacent to occupied spaces.
Most importantly, the disinfectant chemistry for NTD needs to be compatible with this type of application equipment. Ensure that the disinfectant product is approved or authorized for this method of application, be it as electrostatic spray, mist or fog. It is also critical to understand EPA disinfectant label dwell time requirements and the efficacy against the pathogens of concern. With regards to SARS-CoV-2, is the disinfectant on the EPA List N of products approved for use against the coronavirus? Fortunately, according to the EPA website, products authorized for use through electrostatic sprayers that are on List N continue to be effective against all strains of SARS-CoV-2 as genetic changes to the virus do not impact the efficacy of disinfectants. Finally, with regards to your staff, the safety profile of the disinfectant product itself needs to be evaluated and the recommended Personal Protective Equipment made available to your staff. Training in the proper use of this PPE is a part of this safety consideration.
There are a number of manufacturers of NTD devices that are available. Can corded equipment be used in the desired areas or is there a need for battery powered devices to allow for portability? Many customers have found success with the corded Clorox Total 360 systems and while many others prefer the ease and portability offered by the Victory Innovations line of battery powered electrostatic sprayers. Furthermore, the Victory units are designed to use a wide range of disinfectants, including peroxide and chlorinated tablets, so the chemistry can be tailored to meet budget and infection prevention needs of the individual facility.
Your Imperial Dade sales consultant has the resources, knowledge and expertise to make the correct product recommendation for your specific needs. Please contact us to learn more about how No Touch Disinfection can benefit your operation.