Brian Eltis, Complete Supply, wanted to discuss two important topics today: Disinfection / Sanitization and Dwell Time. This is Brian’s 47th year in the paper and janitorial supply business and his 22nd year with Complete Supply of which he has been a partner for 8 years. In August, he will celebrate his 16th year with DEA! This is one of the first times he can say it is great to be in the janitorial supply business!
Disinfection refers to using chemical disinfectants to kill germs on surfaces. This is a legal term defined by the EPA. The EPA controls disinfectants and sanitizers, while the FDA controls hand sanitizers which has different standards. The CDC has nothing to do with either in substantiating claims.
What is the difference? Sanitizers kill BACTERIA and Disinfectants kill VIRUSES. COVID-19 is a virus.
May household products claim to kill 99.9% of viruses and bacteria, but does it kill COVID-19? No, per the label each wipe only cleans 1 square foot and does not kill viruses. There is a new term defined by the EPA – Hospital Grade Disinfectant. Sanitizers generally kill 99.9% which will not kill viruses, while Hospital Grade Disinfectants kill 99.9999% or a 6 log kill that will kill a virus or COVID-19. Clorox does make products that kill viruses and Norovirus, but these will only be found in the healthcare areas.
The EPA just certified 2 products with COVID-19 claims yesterday: Lysol Disinfectant Spray and Lysol Disinfectant Max Cover Mist. There are no other disinfectants that have a COVID-19 claim. The EPA published an Emerging Pathogen Protocol, based on killing Norovirus in 2016. A product must kill Norovirus to meet the Emerging Pathogen Protocol. If a product can kill Norovirus than you can make a claim to that it kills COVID-19.
The CDC and EPA submitted a list of products that follow the Emerging Pathogen Protocol for Antimicrobial Pesticides. Each product has a beginning base number (i.e. 6836-##-###) which identifies the base disinfectant product. There are only a handful of companies that make quaternary disinfectants. They sell their base product to the other companies (Buckeye, 3M etc.) that add a cleaning package to sell with it. Companies may claim that they are the only ones with a specific disinfectant, but you can see how many use the same base disinfectant according to their registration number.
Does that mean that we are safe using a Hospital Grade Disinfectant? Maybe…that is based on dwell time. Dwell time is the amount of time a product must sit on a surface to be effective. Only alcohol is an instant disinfectant, everything else needs a dwell time to be effective. Most products have a ten-minute dwell time, including household Clorox wipes. Make sure to read each label!
Brian also showed disinfectant sprayers that use electrostatic charges to adhere to surfaces and require few spray passes, making it effective and quick. They can clean an entire school bus in 3 minutes!
Complete Supply’s target markets are:
- Public and Private Schools
- Local, State, and Federal Governments
- Cleaning / Janitorial Contractors
- Healthcare Institutions (i.e. nursing home, long term care facilities)
- Religious Institutions
- Anybody that washes their hands or uses the bathroom is a potential customer!
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