As we’ve always known, schools are where most students need to be, and they are now reopening while we’re still in the grips of the Covid-19 pandemic. Furthermore, we will also be entering another annual cold and flu season with its attendant absenteeism and other adverse health impacts. It’s enough to make anyone responsible for providing and maintaining healthy environments lose some sleep!
Disinfecting all of the critical high-touch objects in our buildings is a challenge for any housekeeping program at the best of times, even more so during periods of increased illness rates and outbreaks. However, 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 economically and efficiently. As you are probably aware, 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 facility’s requirements are appropriately matched to the correct application technology and disinfectant chemistry. Once the technology is selected, education and training enable the safe deployment of NTD.
Here are some guidelines when evaluating NTD:
What is electrostatic spray application?
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. 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 to achieve 360 degree surface coverage. As a result, large areas can be effectively and efficiently treated economically.
What needs to be considered when instituting a NTD program?
In an educational 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 bacteria, viruses, or fungi. Then, is it necessary to treat the high-touch objects on a weekly or more frequent schedule? Also, will the areas to be treated be adjacent to occupied spaces? Can corded equipment be used in the desired regions, or is there a need for battery-powered devices for portability?
Which disinfectants can be applied electrostatically?
Most importantly, the disinfectant chemistry for NTD needs to be compatible with this type of application equipment. Is the disinfectant product approved or authorized for this application method, with electrostatic spray, mist, or fog? What is the label dwell time requirements and the efficacy against the microorganisms of concern? Regarding 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 on List N are effective against all strains of SARS-CoV-2 as genetic changes to the virus do not impact the efficacy of disinfectants. Finally, regarding your staff, what is the safety profile of the product and the recommended Personal Protective Equipment?
What types of NTD devices and disinfectants are available?
There are several manufacturers of NTD devices and chemistries that are available. Many customers have found success with the corded Clorox Total 360 systems. However, many others prefer the ease and portability of 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 the individual educational facility’s budget and infection prevention needs.
Your Imperial Dade sales consultant has the resources, knowledge, and expertise to make the correct product recommendation for your specific needs. Don’t hesitate to contact a branch near you to learn more about how No-Touch Disinfection can benefit your school.