How to keep your workplace safe and healthy during the COVID-19 Virus
Disinfection and removing the virus is a “hot” topic lately.
Many businesses have imposed a reactive strategy for a “triggering event” such as a viral outbreak or a sick employee. With the proliferation of the Coronavirus, businesses and property owners must look for ways to get ahead of the virus. The best way to stay ahead of any potential contaminations is with a more proactive approach.
We recently spoke with Travis Correll from Emory Industrial Services, to learn more about their commercial and industrial disinfection service. Emory utilizes a specialized disinfectant called MicroSURE, an eco-friendly, CDC-approved, and EPA-registered industrial-strength product. It remains on a surface for a long period of time. Unlike many disinfectants that only kill viruses and bio-treats, MicroSURE kills bio-threats and also remains on the treated surface. And when viruses come into contact with it, it “mechanically” kills the biothreat. MicroSURE was originally created for wound care. As a result, it’s a very safe, non-toxic product for humans to come in contact with.
How Does MicroSURE Work?
The key difference between MicroSURE and other disinfectants is how it kills a biothreat. Most disinfectants “chemically” kill while MicroSURE “mechanically” kills a threat. Bleaches and alcohols chemically break down the fatty lipid bilayer that holds a virus together. MicroSURE, on the other hand, employs a different “killing technique” than bleaches or alcohol.
Instead of chemically dissolving a virus’s outer membrane, it forms nanoscopic crystalline structures. These structures mechanically pierce the fatty lipid membrane of a virus. A good way to describe this is to think of a porcupine. A porcupine pierces any threat that comes into contact with it. MicroSURE’s crystalline structures, when viewed on a nanoscopic level, look like frozen grass blades. Those blades “stab” and kill any threat that they come into contact with. Hence the term “mechanical” kill. And those nanoscopic blades remain on the surface for long periods to continually kill viruses and threats into the future; alcohols and bleaches do not.
What’s the Most Effective Means of Application?
In addition, Emory applies the MicroSURE disinfectant using electrostatic backpack sprayers. Electrostatic technology is the most efficient and effective means to apply the disinfectant for consistent, even coverage.
Here’s how it works. The MicroSURE disinfectant leaves the nozzle positively charged. When it reaches the surface (which is typically negatively charged), it attaches onto the surface evenly. As a result, virtually no part of the surface is left uncovered. Electrostatic spraying technology is also used in painting metals. It creates an “even coat” that would be very difficult to achieve without electrostatically charging the paint. The same laws of physics apply to the application of MicroSURE.
What Have We Learned About the Virus?
Since COVID-19 is a novel Coronavirus, we still have a lot to learn. However, here are a few things that we’ve learned:
In summary, we recommend that businesses and property owners anticipate biothreats with a proactive approach. This includes a regular disinfection program (generally weekly or bi-weekly). The emphasis of the program is killing viruses and also providing lasting protection against threats. Regardless of the cleaning product or method used, it’s always better to stay ahead and mitigate potential threats to your workplace before they happen.
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Originally published at https://stratafolio.com on August 18, 2020.