ELECTRO-HYGIENE Disinfecting Technology on the Frontlines of the Covid-19 Pandemic
CRITICAL CLEANING & DISINFECTING STRATEGIES
Cleaning and maintenance professionals are becoming the new face of frontline workers in the workplace. Historically, maintenance personnel have only played such a critical role in the mitigation and the sanitization of pathogens, bacteria and viruses in healthcare and biotech facilities.
Now building owners and occupiers will need to recognize the vital protocols that must be implemented to clean and disinfect the workplace.
Workplaces will now need to implement far more stringent and clinical cleaning strategies that include methods specifically designed to kill 99.99% of the Corona virus through protocols such as Electro-atomization spraying application and in conjunction with EPA registered disinfectants that carry a “kill claim.” This process is highly specialized and was originally developed for GMP environments—healthcare, food processing and biotech clean rooms. The technicians and the technology used to execute this process are highly technical and require extensive training, PPE protocols and mobility.
In order to establish a new level of confidence that employees and visitors will require to return to the office, these new cleaning and disinfecting measures will need to be implemented on a recurring, periodic basis. Existing cleaning specifications must increase the level and frequency of disinfecting with particular attention paid to “touch points” and traffic areas, such as elevators, doors, handles, kitchen and conference areas. Restrooms that are typically serviced 1-2 times during the day, will require stepped up attention, requiring occupants to increase staffing to ensure that touch points in these uniquely contaminated spaces are disinfected.
Finally, new “antimicrobial” shields and surface micro-coatings can be sprayed as an additional barrier to prolong the efficacy of technically sprayed disinfecting between applications. Some technologies have claims that antimicrobial shields will enhance the surface defenses from 7 up to 30 days. These spray applied finishes are done with the same Electro- atomizer sprayers, that are referenced above for the disinfecting. Environmental industry leaders like SGrace Facilities, who has the largest fleet of disinfecting technology in the US, is applying its Gold Shield technology to high touch points, desks, restrooms, conference rooms and surfaces that are at high risk of contamination.
In the United Kingdom and other parts of Europe, facility experts at Atalian/Servest have seen a shift in how their workplace employees are being viewed as a more visible workforce by their clients. Facility professionals, who were previously seen as an invisible workforce, these same occupiers and building users will want to see the physical nature of the cleaning operation in action, to give them the confidence that their wellbeing and safety is on the front of their employer’s mind.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN ELECTRO-HYGIENE ATOMIZERS AND ELECTROSTATIC?
Electro-Hygiene Atomizers are different from Electrostatic in that they do not electrically charge the solution. Electro-Hygiene technology utilizes ULV (Ultra Low Volume) cold atomizing which attains the same end result but with a more high production and high capacity units. Both processes are designed to kill 99.99% of any pathogen including SARS-CV-2.
The other confusion in the market is when specific types of sprayers are labeled "foggers"--any spray technology that reduces the droplet size of a liquid can be deemed a fogger. HYGIENICA's ULV atomizing can be adjusted on all models that allows for an optimal droplet size based on the surface that is being disinfected. For example, if disinfecting various surfaces in a Commercial space, a trained technician will know how to adjust the droplet size for maximum dwell time and efficacy. Restroom surfaces may require a larger Micron size of 50uM, whereas spraying on glass or a copier machine may be a small Micron size that averages 30uM.
WHY ARE HYGIENICA'S UNITS MORE VERSATILE THAN OTHER PRODUCTS?
HYGIENICA'S HX Pro Model is designed to be the highest productivity machine in the industry providing up to 20,000 sf per hour. We think each technology has its place in the market and each has several points of feature parity. One area of distinction, is HYGIENICA units are agnostic when it comes to the disinfecting solution that an applicator chooses to use. Unlike other types of disinfecting sprayers, HYGIENICA allows the user to applicate their choice of EPA registered disinfectant from List N. Offering maximum versatility. Further, because our units are ergonomically designed backpacks, the user has the ease of movement and is not dragging anything behind them like other designs.
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES TO ELECTRO-HYGIENE ATOMIZING?
Atomization refers to the process of breaking up liquid solutions like disinfectants into micro-droplets. Our ULV technology atomizes the disinfectant into small droplets that allows for the disinfectant to have the adequate dwell time for the EPA disinfectant to kill the virus. Thermal foggers are not adequate to use for disinfectant procedures as they reduce the atom size to far that makes them ineffective as tested in a recent EPA study.
ROBUST SUPPLY CHAIN
The particle size produced by cold ULV atomizers, such as the HX Pro model will vary based on the wand adjustment control. However, thermal foggers generally reduce the micron <10uM as compared to HYGIENICA'S ULV atomizers, who output larger size particles, averaging from 30-50 microns.
DO YOUR UNITS COME WITH BATTERIES OR CORDED POWER OPTIONS?
HYGIENICA'S technology is powered by 110V or 220V AC power which allows applicators to maximize production without having to recharge batteries for hours which would require more than one unit per FTE. Batteries also take a long time to recharge and when they have to be replaced the units are obsolete.
WHAT TYPES OF PPE DO A APPLICATORS NEED TO WEAR?
Personal protective equipment, or PPE is an essential protocol for all Disinfecting Specialists. Technicians that use HYGIENICA technology need to be trained and properly outfitted in PPE and adhere to strict operational protocols such as OSHA-compliant cleaning methods, the use of EPA registered disinfectants and robust safety training.
WHAT IS THE OPTIMAL SIZE TANK?
Our best-selling modelS are the H10X and H12X which respectively are 2.7Gallons or 3.2 Gallons. This is uniquely important because in order to maximize production rates, the average technician to carry, which equates to 8.35 Lb. per Gallon. Thus, a 12Liter unit weighs full about 26.8 Lb. When compared with our larger 16Liter model which carries 4.26 Gallons or 35.7 Lb., this extra 9 Lb. will reduce an average technical production rate by 25-30 %.
HOW LONG WILL YOUR UNITS TAKE TO ARRIVE TO OUR FACILITY?
HYGIENICA'S commitment to clients is to have units arrive to your facility in less than 2 weeks and in many cases from order until arrival is less than 1 week for expedited air freight. Most other products in the US and UK are being sold through a myriad of suppliers that do not control their own supplier chain and thus clients are having to wait 10-12 weeks for their shipments. We control our own supply chain and in fact our production facilities have the capacity to meet over 20,000 units per month arriving to clients in less than 2 weeks.
CAN YOU SUPPORT SALE IN THE US, CANADA & THE UK?
Yes, HYGIENICA has direct distribution and sales in all three markets making the delivery of our technology to you and your buildings effective as you are working to mitigate the Covid -19 virus and working with your clients to stabilize and reopen their facilities.
DO YOU HAVE A PARTS AND MAINTENANCE SERVICE PROGRAM?
Yes, we are developing a new service, parts and easy DIY manual for all companies that purchase our units. When you order 100 units or more you receive a full inventory kit of parts.