Information release – Coronavirus prevention (updated Sept 2020)
Updated information on our March release.
There is a link below to an article that was originally prepared at the beginning of the Covid-19 outbreak. For context, our concern at the time was that the sudden onset of the disease, coupled and the limited amount of information available, could result in some confusion. We were seeing products being promoted as effective against the spread of CoronaVirus Covid-19 and other viruses and we felt that, while not actually untrue in some cases, certainly many were not contextualised enough to be clear. Worse still it was our opinion that some of these devices were unreliable and prone to failure. All our equipment is warrantied, safe, tested and designed and built here in the UK to appropriate standards.
The original article took a cautious note because we were in a situation we had never faced before.
While our concerns over the validity of the claims made by some low-cost, low-quality devices have not changed, (in fact, far from it – we are seeing increasing numbers of quite badly constructed equipment) we now have the advantage of hindsight and can update you with examples of practical applications.
O3 is now in action in many care environments and leisure facilities.
Since the start of the Covid outbreak, we have concentrated on creating combined, effective solutions to sanitising and cleaning. If you browse our specific sanitiser site you can see that we have now widened our range to include a non-alcohol sanitising agent and high performance cleaning products. These all meet our internal ethos to remain as environmentally friendly as possible as well as also meeting all relevant EU sanitising and/or cleaning standards. These new products, are being combined with our existing range to help with the fight against Covid.XtraProtect sanitiser and O3 technology have been utilised in a variety of settings as part of the routine cleaning and ongoing maintenance of a virus protection process in resident rooms, common areas, lounges, walkways and many other locations. Now the initial rush to protect as many of our customers and residents has passed, we would like to pass on how we have helped implement O3 inclusive protection.
How O3 works
Firstly, O3 which is sometimes known as the naturally occurring gas, ozone, is known to have a destructive effect on viruses and bacteria. That much is common knowledge. In fact, it is regularly used in in the food industry for that reason. The unstable ozone molecule produced is capable of a destructive process that results in a disinfecting effect. However, while this is known and scientific fact, it is important to fully understand how it works to get the best effect. In some cases, it can be used to shock treat rooms, in others it works to best effect in conjunction with other cleaning and sanitising processes. Our products are being used in the following, or similar ways, in various environments such as care homes, residential facilities, hotels and any similar ‘room with various residents’ based services such as prisons or caravans for example. Shock Treating – A powerful O3 machine such as our UK designed and manufactured Eclipse Pro, is placed in a room. The machine is placed roughly in the centre on a table or similar, the timer is set, the operator leaves and after a countdown to ensure the room is vacated, the Eclipse releases a treatment of ozone gas. The gas is circulated by the powerful fans and it has a destructive effect on bacteria and viruses. As ozone is heavier than the air, it settles on surfaces and into fabrics as well. The Eclipse then switches to destruct and the O3 is removed from the room leaving behind a clean, fresh, smell much like the air after a thunder storm or freshly dried linen. This is only suitable for temporarily unoccupied areas due to the high levels of ozone that are required to shock treat a room prior to habitation. Once the destruct cycle has finished the room is perfectly safe to enter.
Cleaning schedule upgrades – Xtra-protect sanitiser is added to the cleaning process and once a room has been cleaned, a second protection of sanitiser is quickly and easily applied to surfaces and touch points. Background O3 distribution – While ozone is not good for us in the quantities required for shock treating, it is perfectly safe in small amounts. The Ozofresh PlugIn or Aura devices will produce a small, safe repeated cycle of background O3 that will help keep the environment as you want it. Clean as you go, touch point and hand safety – The XtraProtect sanitiser is equally at home on your skin as it is on the cleaning cart. If your team carries a small, handy sized, bottle of XtraProtect with them at all times they can use it on their hands as well as a quick spray for door handles, touch surfaces, push plates and similar.
Cost effective protection – Because that same non-alcohol Xtra protect sanitiser can be used on hands and surfaces, you can keep the cost effective 5 litre bottle in stock and top up hand sprays and cleaning cart bottles as needed. As it doesn’t have an alcohol base, XtraProtect is just as effective without the risk of fire.
So, let’s take a typical example of a resident room in a care environment. The process would be:
- The resident is removed from the room and it is cleaned and sanitised with XtraProtect on surfaces and touch points
- After cleaning the room is shock treated while still vacant – this will usually only take 30 minutes for the average room
- The room is now ready for safe occupation
- A clean member of the team re-enters the room and places an Ozofresh PlugIn in a suitable free socket, then leaves the room using XtraProtect on the door handles and touch points as they leave
- The resident returns to what should be as virus free an environment as reasonably possible
- The cleaning teams then clean as usual, using XtraProtect as an addition to the regular routine and other team members clean touch points as they go
This room is now kept in service using the regular cleaning process with XtraProtect added until either there is a potential contamination, or it is due for a routine full shock treatment from the start of the process.
From a practical point of view, when you consider the added protection, there is very little impact on the cleaning time. Another room can be cleaned while the Eclipse Pro is in operation so, apart from placing removing the machine (minutes at most) there is minimal impact. The inclusion of XtraProtect is just a spray and wipe process, so again it is not time consuming and from there whole team adopts a ‘sanitise as you go’ approach as they go about their duties.
Hotels can use a similar system and are also adopting the use of PlugIns in vacant rooms to keep them fresh. These are then removed just before occupation. Reception areas and rooms in dental surgeries, veterinarians and so forth can also benefit from the combined process with surfaces and seating being XtraProtect cleaned frequently.
We hope this help to clarify the specific use of O3 as part of the continued fight to protect vulnerable members of our society from this terrible disease. We are very proud if our ozone and sanitiser products have in any way assisted our care workers and made their jobs easier. They have worked tirelessly to keep people safe and we cannot thank them enough for their service.
Contact us to discuss your specific needs and we will be happy to tell you more.