Updated: Aug 9, 2020
Working with sanitization and disinfection chemicals have become the norm for many in this pandemic times.
Chemicals that used to be handled by professionals earlier are now becoming household names.
This blog is an attempt to help users know about important things to consider when handling strong disinfectant chemicals and to ensure safety of those around.
Also, scroll to the bottom of the page to download a One Pager guide to handling disinfectants issued by Coronavirus.gov in the USA.
Check your product Label/ Brand and its ingredients
Product labels contain significant data on the best possible use and dangers of a chemical.
In this manner, severe consideration must be given to the correct utilization of an item concerning its application, viability, and related risks (human, creature, and condition).
This data will aid choices for disease control endeavours.
The active ingredients of the item are recorded as percentages and are the synthetic compounds liable for the control of the microorganisms.
Inactive ingredients are frequently lumped into one articulation and incorporate things, for example, detergents and soaps, colors or dying gents, aromas, and water.
Go through the ‘direction’ of use for best results
The Directions for Use section determines what the item controls, just as where, how, and when to utilize it.
A few items may have various utilizations (i.e., cleaning versus sterilization), require various dilutions as well as contact times for such explicit activities (i.e., -cidal versus -static).
The best application strategy to use with the item (i.e., splash straightforwardly or wipe on surfaces) will likewise be recorded.
Pre-cleaning the surface
It has been assessed that cleaning alone may expel over 90% of microscopic organisms from surfaces.
This "dry" cleaning step includes brushing, scratching, clearing, and evacuating all sheet material, feed, residue, and debris and dust from the zone.
In the event that the area is dusty, moisten the region to control dust and limit aerosolization.
The objective is to expel organic matter as much as possible.
The nearness of organic matter can hold microorganisms for significant stretches of time and shield them from disinfectants.
Cleaning is likewise significant since numerous disinfectants might be inactivated or inadequate within the sight of dust and debris.
Sanitizing further lessens the quantity of microorganisms in the zone to a more secure level.
This is the most important step in the disinfection procedure and will probably dispose of most of the residual microorganisms whenever performed accurately.
Effective cleaning can expel up to 99% of microscopic organisms present.
Douse the region with heated water and detergent or another cleaning specialist; at that point wash by scrubbing, wiping or spraying. The use of a washing solution can be improved by the utilization of low pressure (90-120 psi) garden hose utensils.
Steam and high-pressure washers (200-1000 psi) can be valuable for cleaning permeable surfaces.
Continue from the cleanest regions to the dirtiest and from the most elevated level (roof) to the least (floor).
Equipment that can be expelled ought to be brushed and absorbed in detergent before purification.
Give specific consideration to troughs, corners, and floor drains. These zones can fill in as repositories for microorganisms and ought to be cleaned and sterilized last.
Subsequent to washing affected zones, intensive flushing at a low pressure ought to follow for all surfaces to expel any residue.
Zones ought to be permitted to dry before the use of the chosen disinfectant to decrease the possible weakening of the disinfectant upon application.
Personal Protection while working with disinfectants
While working with disinfectants, one must use proper hand protection (gloves) and eye protection (safety glasses) to prevent potential splash hazards.
One should not ever drink, eat, breathe or inject disinfectants, or directly apply to skin as this can cause serious health problems.
Individuals suffering from asthma must stay away from disinfectants as it can lead to asthma exacerbations.
Storing disinfectants for future use
For storage and future usage of disinfectants, 2 things must be kept in mind. Firstly, the lids of the bottles or drums containing disinfectants need to be properly closed, and secondly, it must be kept away from children.
MOST IMPORTANTLY, Keep Emergency Numbers handy in case of any accidental hazards.
DOWNLOAD THE GUIDE TO HANDLING DISINFECTANT ISSUED BY CORONAVIRUS.GOV