Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Food Safety and Microbiology Conference Speaker Spotlight: Angela Anandappa, Ph. D.

Dr. Angela Anandappa is the Founding Director for the Alliance for Advanced Sanitation. The Alliance’s activities are focused on all manners of food safety hazards, including microbial pathogens, allergens, toxic chemicals and water conservation in sanitation operations. Dr. Anandappa is an experienced food safety industry professional having worked in Supplier Chain, Product Development, and Sanitation Areas of the food manufacturing industry. She has served as an assistant professor in the department of Food Science and Technology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she has taught both graduate- and undergraduate-level courses. Prior to her current role, she was the Section Manager, Supply Chain Safety Assurance for the Kraft Heinz Company. She has expertise in Product Development, Supplier Gap Assessments and Technical Consultations, Risk-Based supplier evaluation and verification support and Manufacturing support and plant readiness evaluations. She currently serves as the Co-Chair for the Food Chemical Hazard and Food Allergy Professional Development Group at IAFP, serves on several boards such as the Board of Directors for the Animal Digestible Food Packaging Initiative and for Food Safety Tech. Dr. Anandappa has published many journal articles, with most recent work focusing on microbiome and hygienic conditions of facilities.

Dr. Anandappa will be presenting on the first day of the 2020 Food Safety and Microbiology Conference this March. Her presentation “Empowering Sanitation: Redefining a Dirty Word” will speak less on the technical challenges that sanitation faces, and more on the personnel and company culture. To see a complete list of the industry leaders and food safety experts that will be participating, view the conference program here.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Establishing a Clean Break in Production

A clean break is a defined production break that involves a documented, verified, and validated cleaning and sanitation process of all food/product contact surfaces. Clean breaks are used to establish lots to trace their products and limit the quantity or product recalled in case of a contamination. Similar to a firebreak in a forest, a clean break gives you that line of safety.  Some municipalities will clear out a section of the forest to act as a “clean break” so that in case of a fire, you have a line of containment already in place. Preventive measures are always hard to value, because like insurance, it is hoped to be a sunk cost that has no return on investment. However, if it is used, its value is tremendous.

Now the problem is, what happens if you cannot defend your clean break? If your clean break cannot be defended during a recall, then as far as an investigator is concerned, you didn’t have one.  When that happens, your recall will grow. In October 2018, McCain Foods recalled 63 different products back to a shipped date of January 1, 2016 because they didn’t have a more recent clean break. In order to defend your chosen sanitation method, you must understand decontamination and sterilization. The traditional sanitation methods do kill – you see the log reduction right on the label of the products – 99.9% antibacterial, and so on. However, these methods can have difficulty guaranteeing that all organisms have been contacted or contacted with the proper effective dosage. Even ozone, which is an effective method, doesn’t hold the concentration very long, which makes it difficult to do larger areas. Alternatively, chlorine dioxide gas is able to achieve a complete 6-log sporicidal decontamination of all surfaces within a space, including hard-to-reach areas such as cracks and crevices, because it is a true gas above -40 degrees and its molecule size is smaller than the smallest virus. Because ClorDiSys Solutions’ process is pure and dry, our chlorine dioxide gas doesn’t leave a residue. Once the gas has been removed, the area is safe and does not require additional cleanup. ClorDiSys’ approach to process control has enabled us to be trusted to keep critical environments safe, including 31 of the Top 100 food manufacturers.

To learn more about utilizing chlorine dioxide gas for a clean break in production, email us or call us at (908) 236-4100.

Friday, January 10, 2020

Learn Something New in the New Year!

Happy New Year! We are kicking off 2020 webinars with our January presentations starting next week. We reviewed all of our offerings at the end of 2019, reconfigured some designs, and reevaluated topics, so we are really looking forward to showing you the result.

JANUARY 14 – 1:00PM EST
CD Gas 101: An Intro to its Process and Applications
This webinar is for all industries looking to improve their sanitation and decontamination. We will discuss the chemical characteristics of chlorine dioxide gas and how they enable it to provide a highly effective decontamination. Applications for using CD gas as well as products and services will also be presented. This 30 minute webinar begins at 1pm Eastern.

JANUARY 14 – 2:00PM EST
Ultraviolet Light Disinfection 101
A webinar for those in all industries who are interested in learning about UV-C light disinfection for contamination control. We will discuss the properties, efficacy, safety, and use applications for ultraviolet light disinfection along with product information and specifications. This 30 minute webinar begins at 2pm Eastern.

JANUARY 16 – 1:00PM EST
Chlorine Dioxide Gas vs. Hydrogen Peroxide Vapor
This webinar is for life science and pharmaceutical professionals who are current hydrogen peroxide vapor users, or looking to choose between the two decontamination methods. We will discuss the chemical differences which affect their efficacy and safety for a variety of applications. Case studies, material compatibility data, and other referenced information will also be presented. This 30 minute webinar begins at 1pm Eastern.

JANUARY 16 – 2:00PM EST
Clean Break in Food and Pharmaceutical Production
This webinar is for food safety and pharmaceutical professionals who would learn about implimenting a clean break by using chlorine dioxide gas. This "certified clean" event will provide a sterility marker in case of a contamination in order to limit the size and severity of a recall. We will discuss why chlorine dioxide can be used to prove a clean break as well as case studies and documentation. This 30 minute webinar begins at 2pm Eastern.

JANUARY 22 – 1:00PM EST
Ask the Experts
Join us for an open Q&A session with experts from our various industry sectors on the line to answer any questions you may have about contamination control. Questions can be public or private allowing you to ask about sensitive situations if needed. Experts will be available to answer questions regarding:
  • Chlorine dioxide gas decontamination
  • UV-C disinfection
  • Comparisons to other disinfection/decontamination methods
  • Product sterilization
  • Facility decontamination
  • Inactivation of Pinworm Eggs
  • Inactivation of Beta Lactams

It is not too late to register for our free webinars this month. Additional information and registration can be viewed here. Be sure to keep checking back, because we have new presentations in the coming months including Recall Prevention and Response, Non-microbial Contaminants, Decontaminating Low-Moisture and Dry Environments, Architecture & Engineering: Lab Planning with Implementation of Chlorine Dioxide, and more.

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Wishing You, Your Colleagues, and Families Good Times and Good Cheer this Holiday Season


No matter what holiday you celebrate, all of us here at ClorDiSys Solutions wish you a very happy holiday season and a prosperous New Year! As we take time to reflect on this year and those who have helped shape our business, we believe 2019 was an absolute success full of growth and challenging projects. We thank you for your continued support. May your days be merry and bright!

PLEASE NOTE OUR HOLIDAY OFFICE HOURS
Monday, December 23 8:00am – 5:00pm
Tuesday, December 24 CLOSED
Wednesday, December 25 CLOSED
Thursday, December 26 CLOSED
Friday, December 27 8:00am – 5:00pm

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Why, When, and How to Choose High-Level Disinfection in Healthcare

The Spaulding Classification categorizes medical devices based on their risk of infection to help determine what level of disinfection or sterilization is required to render them safe for reuse. The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy’s (ASGE) Multisociety guideline on reprocessing flexible GI endoscopes: 2016 update describes the three classes as critical, semi-critical, and non-critical. While healthcare has followed the Spaulding classification system to determine the required level of processing for medical devices for decades, infection outbreaks related to contaminated devices, most notably endoscopes, have prompted hospitals, manufacturers, regulators and industry associations to reevaluate the processing of reusable medical equipment.

ClorDiSys Solutions’ Brand Manager, Emily Lorcheim, was asked by Healthcare Purchasing News when, why and how to choose high-level disinfection or sterilization. Her response was “Issues on determining whether high-level disinfection or sterilization is appropriate are many times based off the intended application. Disinfection is defined as a 99.99% to 99.999% level of kill, whereas sterilization is the elimination of all organisms and results in a 99.9999%, or 6-log sporicidal reduction. Sterilization is required in healthcare for applications such as implantable medical devices, or if there is a major occurrence of a significant disease.” Emily added “High-level disinfection is key on items that should be rid of organisms often, due to frequent human contact and therefore potential contamination. These items can include cell phones, tablets, office supplies, remotes, etc. Another opportunity where measures of high-level disinfection can be utilized is on external medical equipment that either cannot be easily cleaned due to size restraints or being fixed in position, or cannot be treated with certain sterilizing chemicals or conditions. Methods may cause material damages, especially liquid methods, which may be corrosive or leave residues.”

Most healthcare facilities use an array of processes to clean, disinfect and sterilize surgical equipment and instrumentation. Emily points out “many times sterilization methods require long exposure times, harsh chemicals, sealing spaces off or separate chambers… many of these methods are not conducive to the fast-paced environment of the healthcare setting. High-level disinfection can be applied in a variety of methods, quickly, easily and effectively to maintain a safe healthcare environment.” Regardless of the modality, high-level disinfection or sterilization, a device won’t be safe for use unless it has been properly cleaned according to the manufacturer’s IFU. Attention must be dedicated to the training, certification and competencies for individuals performing these cleaning activities, because as Damien Berg, Regional Manager of Sterile Processing at UCHealth, stated “We don’t ever want to say no to a product that could save a life, but we also don’t want to hurt a life by agreeing to a product that is too challenging to clean or for which we don’t have the necessary technology to process.”

Click here to read Kara Nadeau’s “Disinfection by Degrees” article in its entirety.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Top Reasons to Attend the 2020 Food Safety and Microbiology Conference

In response to the everyday challenges food safety professionals face, ClorDiSys Solutions and Kornacki Microbiology Solutions, Inc organized the Annual Food Safety and Microbiology Conference. With 2020 being our fourth year, we invite those working in industry, government, or research focused on food microbiology, quality assurance and control, sanitation, plant management, technical services, or operations to this 2.5 day event covering a variety of topics from new legislation to new technologies. If this sounds like you, here are a few reasons why you cannot miss this conference.

LEARN FROM FOOD SAFETY EXPERTS & INDUSTRY LEADERS
You'll be able to meet, listen to, and learn from world class speakers with a variety of backgrounds. These industry, academic, and governmental food safety professionals will be available outside of their presentation times for introductions and additional questions.

WORLD CLASS CONTENT
This conference aims to deliver high-level problem solving sessions in order to elevate your food safety program and address emerging food safety issues.  The agenda will feature a mix of regulatory information, microbiological tips and tricks, and innovative solutions in order to provide a well-rounded balance for all attendees.  Upon leaving, you'll have clear takeaways which will help improve your company operate cleaner, safer, and more efficient than ever before.

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION
This year’s conference is being held at the Hilton Palacio del Rio, located along the River Walk, San Antonio’s most popular attraction. Walking distance from restaurants, bars, shops, and the Alamo, this landmark hotel features rich South Texas stylings and original art. Be sure to check out their five onsite restaurants and bars – Coffee Cupboard, Durty Nelly’s Irish Pub, River’s Edge CafĂ©, Tex’s Sports Bar (the only sports bar on the River Walk) and Rincon Alegre Lobby Bar. Oh, did we mention it is only eight miles from the San Antonio Airport?

HAVE FUN WITH YOUR INDUSTRY PEERS
This Annual Conference is a lot of learning packed into a short amount of time, but you’ll also have opportunities to relax and get to know your industry peers. Join us for traditional Mexican food, drinks, and a live performance by Mariachi Alma de Jalisco at our Preconference Mixer Sunday evening, the Monday happy hour reception sponsored by Food Safety Net Services, and the one-hour narrated Go Rio River Cruise Wednesday afternoon, an unforgettable way to experience the world-famous San Antonio River Walk. Admission to all activities is included in the registration fee.

To learn more about the program and registration, click here. We hope to see you in Texas!



Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Controlling Spoilage Organisms and Pathogens on Food Products

Last month, the Michigan-based company, North Bay Produce, voluntarily recalled over 2,000 cases of fresh apples due to potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The recall affected a number of varieties including Fuji, Honeycrisp, McIntosh, and Red Delicious. The apples were shipped from one North Bay Produce packinghouse to wholesalers, retailers, and brokers in Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, North Carolina, Texas, and Wisconsin. Thankfully, to date, health officials have not linked this recall to any reports of illness. With so many occurrences like this one in the news, ClorDiSys Solutions’ objective for 2020 is to further explore the control of spoilage organisms and pathogens on food products in order to help deliver a safer product to consumers.

ClorDiSys Solutions has always been a company driven by research.  Starting with chlorine dioxide’s effect on organisms within the environment, we've implemented those findings into our operations to better maintain safe food processing environments. Next year, we would like to focus on working with the FDA to obtain approval to decontaminate individual food items in order to control spoilage organisms and other pathogens that cause foodborne illness. We have been approved to treat blueberries and potatoes, and our company is currently exploring the treatment of walnuts and apples. ClorDiSys has also done preliminary research on other food types including seeds and grains.

If you’re interested in new methods to control spoilage organisms and pathogens on product within your supply chain, contact us to start a conversation.  We have a number of solutions within our company which may help including liquid chlorine dioxide, ultraviolet light, and gaseous chlorine dioxide. We have a few food contact notices involving chlorine dioxide currently, which can be read about here. With partnerships to many food safety experts and laboratories throughout the world, we provide a global network to take on any challenge.


Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Establishing Sterility in a New Facility

ClorDiSys' decontamination services take place primarily for contamination response, commissioning of new construction or renovated spaces, and routine preventive decontamination. The majority of what we do are large areas and entire facilities to get rid of widespread contamination problems and really give a baseline sterilization mark. With years of experience across a wide variety of industries and facility ages, we have a number of tricks and options to accommodate any project.

Recently our Decontamination Service team helped a biomedical research client who was moving into a larger building previously occupied by another company.  The building was renovated in order to handle the needs of the client, with a new ventilation system installed as part of that renovation.  Equipment was moved in from their previous location, and the ventilation system was balanced.  As the last step, the facility would undergo a chlorine dioxide gas treatment to provide a 6-log sterilization level kill before officially opening for research.  This enabled all of the equipment to be sterilized along with the building.  This is safer and faster than autoclaving everything in, as that process cannot be used on animal rack filters and most electronics.  Those materials typically do not receive a high-level decontamination if chlorine dioxide gas isn’t utilized as other liquid based decontamination methods are similarly incompatible.  The decontamination took place over the course of an 8-hour shift, with all process parameters being met to achieve the targeted 6-log sporicidal reduction.  Afterwards, the client was safe to start occupying the facility and begin their research.

Generally speaking, if the space can be sealed, it can be decontaminated. Some of the more common applications are buildings with unique layouts and multiple floors, processing and production areas, HEPA housing and ductwork, cold rooms, even tented pieces of equipment. If you are interested in exploring a decontamination service project for your facility, click here.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Case Study: Listeria Control in a Ready-to-Eat Food Facility

Listeria monocytogenes' ability to survive in extreme conditions and form biofilms on various surfaces is a significant challenge for food safety. Last week, members of our Decontamination Service team helped a ready-to-eat food facility win the fight against l. monocytogenes. Treating an area just shy of 1,000,000 ft3, the service team completed the decontamination in just two days thanks to a very helpful in-house staff.  The first day consisted of sealing the space from the surrounding areas and sealing the ventilation system off at the roof.  Chlorine dioxide gas generators were setup with tubing run to various locations within the space to speed up the natural gas distribution.  50 biological indicators, all containing over a million bacterial spores, were placed at locations chosen by the facility's Quality Assurance and Food Safety personnel.  The decontamination itself took place on the second day, with gas concentrations being monitored continuously throughout the process from multiple locations throughout the space.  Once the final sampling location eclipsed the target dosage, the decontamination was deemed complete, and the gas was aerated from the facility.  Once the gas was removed and the area was safe for reentry, our team retrieved our supplies and packed them up.  Biological indicators were recovered and processed the next day to check for growth.  After 36 hours of incubation, all biological indicators were negative for growth, capping off a successful decontamination.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

FDA November Discussion on Ethylene Oxide Replacement

Ethylene oxide (EtO) medical device sterilization has come under fire recently. Thirty-two people have filed claims against ethylene oxide sterilizing company Sterigenics, believing emissions has led to cause cancer in their bodies. The Chicago Sun Times reports:
“They’ve known for 34 years and they willfully pumped this out in our communities ...,” said Jeanne Hochhalter. "Nobody should have to go through anything like this." Hochhalter, who grew up in Burr Ridge, was one of 32 people who filed suit in the Circuit Court of Cook County this week against Sterigenics, which has a plant in Willowbrook where medical instruments are sterilized. In February, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency shut down the facility after air quality monitoring recorded spikes of the gas ethylene oxide in surrounding neighborhoods (Esposito 2019).
Despite the environmental concern and public outrage, Sterigenics was allowed to reopen the Willowbrook facility in July.  However, the risk is still found in ethylene oxide sterilization.  In 2016, EPA published an updated Information on the Integrated Risk Information System determination which classified ethylene oxide to be a carcinogenic gas. Now, there is a consideration for an alternative sterilization method to be found, however due to the high level of use, it will be a great feat to switch, plus there is a risk of not having the proper ability to handle the workload either.

Ethylene oxide currently bears the brunt of the medical device sterilization in the country:
Currently, ethylene oxide is used to sterilize more than half of medical devices that need sterilization due to its chemical compatibility with many different device materials and ability to treat devices that are heat- or moisture-sensitive.
The second most common method to sterilize medical devices is radiation, such as gamma irradiation, X-ray radiation and electron beam radiation, which collectively represents about 45% of devices currently being sterilized.
The other common method currently is using pressurized steam, constituting about 5% of sterilization, according to FDA (BioMed Tech, Lim, 2019).
The FDA organized regulators from public health agencies, medical device manufacturers and expert physicians gathering Wednesday November 6th and Thursday November 7th at a two-day meeting to discuss how to address challenges with ethylene oxide. The FDA is looking to determine if there is a viable alternative for large scale medical device sterilization. There are many determinants, but one is if there is an elimination of ethylene oxide, what the FDA can do to prevent device shortages if reduced sterilization capabilities come to pass. New concerns present many challenges to an industry, but offer many opportunities for advancement in the possible use of even greater technology as well.

ClorDiSys Solutions Inc’s Director of Operations, Paul Lorcheim, is a panel member presenting an alternative sterilization technology method, chlorine dioxide.  Chlorine dioxide has long been determined safe for use on medical devices, particularly because it does not leave residues and it is an EPA registered sterilant. The FDA has the webcast day one of the meeting here, and day two is webcast here.


Sources
Esposito, Stefano. “Lawsuits Filed against Medical Supply Sterilization Plant Linked to
Increased Cancer Rates.” Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Sun-Times, 20 Aug. 2019, https://chicago.suntimes.com/metro-state/2019/8/20/20814132/lawsuit-medical-supply-sterilization-company-linked-increased-cancer-rates-sterigenics-willowbrook.

Lim, D. (2019, November 6). 7 questions about ethylene oxide as FDA panel convenes.
Retrieved from https://www.medtechdive.com/news/7-questions-about-ethylene-oxide-as-fda-panel-convenes/566713/.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

AALAS National Meeting 2019 Recap

Each fall since 1950, the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) has held its annual National Meeting. The AALAS National Meeting is the largest gathering in the world of professionals concerned with the production, care, and use of laboratory animals. The 2019 meeting was held at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver from October 13-17th. The spotlight forum was, "One Health–Connections Between Animal, Human, and Environmental Health. ClorDiSys Solutions exhibited at the National Meeting, one of our biggest shows of the year, in booth #209. The life sciences were really the second industry ClorDiSys introduced their products and services following our original focus on the pharmaceutical market.

We hosted a small dinner reception for AALAS attendees at the Denver Firefighters Museum after exhibit hall hours Tuesday evening. ClorDiSys provided a delicious BBQ dinner catered by Roaming Buffalo, and our guests had full access to all of the historic firehouse’s exhibits. From well-preserved lockers to restored antique firetrucks, even a 9/11 memorial, it really was a walk through history. The 2020 National Meeting is scheduled to take place in Charlotte, North Carolina, so we are open to suggestions for any local gems to take our group next year. Thank you to all who could join us!

Thursday, October 3, 2019

ClorDiSys' Trip to Jamaica to Address Mold Prevention and Remediation

ClorDiSys Solutions' Director of Technology, Mark Czarneski, was recently down in Jamaica at the annual CanEx Jamaica Business Conference & Expo, which provided our company with the opportunity to explore the Caribbean agricultural market.  We learned from a variety of countries what their concerns are with regards to mold, mildew, and pathogens.  Throughout the growing cycle, and after, ClorDiSys has the ability to prevent and remediate these issues.  We are able to do so through unique and ever-changing approaches depending on the terrain, crop, and needs of the grower as well as the consumer's needs and requirements.  We currently have studies underway utilizing our ultraviolet light disinfection systems on a commercial farm in Montego Bay. We are both excited and optimistic about the successful results.

Mark Czarneski, Director of Techonology - ClorDiSys Solutions

ClorDiSys with Honorable Audley Shaw, the Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture & Fisheries of Jamaica

ClorDiSys with Sabato Scofield Caesar, the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries, Rural Transformation, and Industry of St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Case Study: Airline and Retail Catering Kitchen

ClorDiSys Solutions has a wide range of experience within the food industry, having worked in Ready-to-Eat (RTE) facilities, dairy facilities, commercial kitchens, pet food facilities, and beverage plants. Biodecontamination can take place for a variety of applications. Recently, our Decontamination Services team performed a decontamination at a catering kitchen for airlines and airport retail locations.  The facility was fighting some positive environmental results and needed to regain control.  Due to the busy nature of their operation, limiting the stoppage of production was extremely important.  The chlorine dioxide gas process requires the environment to be fully sealed off from surrounding areas for safety.  The Cold Food Production Area was able to be sealed off quickly, while the Hot Food Kitchen required a much greater level of attention in order to properly seal it off from surrounding areas.  With this in mind, a two-tiered approach was taken in order to balance efficacy and treatment times.  Within the Cold Food Production Area, chlorine dioxide gas was utilized to provide a 6-log sterilization level kill of all surfaces within the space.  The Hot Food Kitchen would sanitized by fogging the area with a liquid chlorine dioxide solution.  This process does not require as tight of a seal, in turn requiring less set-up time.  This allowed both areas to be treated within the allotted downtime, while still providing an adequate level of treatment.  Environmental monitoring results taken after the treatment came back negative, and the chlorine dioxide decontamination was shown to be successful.

Generally speaking, if the space can be sealed, it can be decontaminated. If you have a service project you'd like to explore, contact us here.

Friday, September 20, 2019

Case Study: Tented Equipment in a Laboratory

ClorDiSys provides biodecontamination services for routine or single-time events, specializing in contamination prevention and response. Last week, our Decontamination Service team was in the Midwest to perform a decon at a research facility.  Our team was brought in to decontaminate a CliniMACS Prodigy® Instrument manufactured by Miltenyi Biotec.  The CliniMACS Prodigy allows for automated cell processing within a closed system and was shipped to the research facility to be used for a contract research project within their laboratory.  The research facility required the decontamination to take place to ensure that the incoming device would be sterile before entering the laboratory.  Being a small device, the CliniMACS Prodigy was moved into an airlock and tented for decontamination.  Tenting the CliniMACS Prodigy took approximately 20 minutes, and the decontamination started shortly thereafter.  The decontamination took a total of 2 hours. After which, the chlorine dioxide gas was removed using a carbon scrubber.  Once complete, the tent was removed from the CliniMACS Prodigy, and it was safe to be brought into the laboratory.

ClorDiSys' chlorine dioxide gas technology allows for a complete decontamination of your facility, room, equipment, or ductwork with minimal downtime. View a sample of some other decontamination service projects here, and Request a Decontamination Service Quote if you have a project you'd like to explore.

Monday, September 9, 2019

AirGlow: In-duct Ultraviolet Light Disinfection System

AirGlow™ is an in-duct ultraviolet light disinfection system that can be installed in any HVAC system. Ultraviolet light (UV) is a specific part of the electromagnetic spectrum of light that offers bactericidal effects. When a micro-organism is exposed to UV-C, the nuclei of the cells are altered due to photolytic processes. This process prevents further replication and causes cell death. As air passes the quartz glass UV-C bulbs of the AirGlow, the travelling air is disinfected, and harmful organisms that may have been present are killed. This provides continuous disinfection without special attention or risk of exposure to people in room.

The AirGlow can be utilized for two distinct purposes. To help reduce and/or eliminate the growth of bacteria, mold and spores as well as prevent the spread of airborne transmitted diseases, the AirGlow would be positioned parallel to the airflow to maximize contact time on the organisms. To improve energy efficiency, the AirGlow would be positioned parallel to the cooling coils. Used in this configuration, biofilm production on the coils is prevented. Biofilms are known to increase static pressure and cause the HVAC system to work harder and less efficient. Clean coils can deliver a 30% increase in cooling capacity which in turn reduces energy consumption and costs.

The AirGlow is constructed of corrosion-resistant stainless steel, and it is offered in a variety of sizes. The following information is required to size an ultraviolet system for duct air treatment:
Duct or plenum size
Length of compartment or duct where AirGlow is to be installed
Air speed typically provided in cfm (cubic feet per minute)
Approximate air temperature

If you are interested in learning more about the AirGlow™ and how it can benefit your company’s HVAC, call ClorDiSys at (908) 236-4100. If you would like more information about sizes and pricing, request a quote here.

Food Safety and Microbiology Conference Speaker Spotlight: Angela Anandappa, Ph. D.

Dr. Angela Anandappa is the Founding Director for the Alliance for Advanced Sanitation. The Alliance’s activities are focused on all manners...