Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Thursday, August 27, 2020
Chlorine Dioxide Gas Decontamination versus Manual Wipe Down: Which is More Efficacious and Cost Effective?
A sterile facility becomes compromised during annual maintenance shutdowns since outside equipment, tools and people enter the clean areas. Bausch + Lomb Vision Care has a production facility in Greenville, South Carolina where all contact solutions are manufactured in sterile processing areas. These solutions must be sterile since the drops will clean lenses or be placed directly in the eye. Therefore, it is critical that containers be filled and sealed in an extremely high-quality environment. To maintain sterility of the product, the environment is cleaned and then disinfected prior to resuming normal production following their annual shutdown.
This cleaning procedure in the past required over seventy-five personnel with mops and buckets and a minimum 3 days’ worth of time followed by a disinfection process utilizing multiple applications of a high-level disinfectant solution. This process is a costly (time and materials) method that uses over $100,000 of consumable cost to fully decontaminate the entire sterile processing facility and still had inherent failures since it was a laborious manual process. To reduce the failures and potentially reduce the costs, chlorine dioxide gas decontamination was investigated.
The gross cleaning and fine cleaning are still done prior to any gassing. Afterwards, the ClorDiSys decontamination team of five people arrived on-site early afternoon to unload the crates of equipment, setup manual chlorine dioxide gas generators, and begin sealing. After setup was complete, gassing began the next day around 4:30pm. The decontamination cycle was fulfilled, and the team was cleaned up and heading out by 1:30am. Resulting ppm-hours achieved from the decontamination cycle were adequate to provide a 6-log sporicidal reduction on the biological indicators after 36 hours of incubation. It was also a success from an economic point of view. The costs of gassing or fumigating were slightly less than the traditional spray and wipe approach With this cost savings, shorter down time, and better coverage of the decontamination agent, chlorine dioxide gas was selected as the company’s decontamination agent.
Thursday, August 20, 2020
Monday, June 15, 2020
As businesses are beginning to reopen after the COVID-19 pandemic, there are questions that need to be answered:
- What risks do we have by reopening to employees/the public?
- How can we manage those risks?
- How do I provide comfort to our patrons that our environment is safe?
- How do I provide comfort to my employees that our environment is safe?
- What tools can help me keep my environment clean?
ClorDiSys has a long history of working in some of the most sterile environments in the world. We're looking to help businesses apply the most practical of these tools and techniques to their protocols for reopening and their enhanced contamination control plans. We work with many critical facilities from food and pharmaceutical manufacturing to healthcare environments, so we can draw upon best practices to help solve many of the challenges being faced. There is hardly a one size fits all solution, but coupled with other practices and products, there are a good number of ways to reduce the risks of bringing together so many people in one location every day and we would love to help. Every business has a different set of risks, so contact us to discuss your situation. We also have a free webinar scheduled for June 18th at two convenient times to discuss the reopening of business that will touch upon many of these ideas. If you are interested in attending, click here to register.
Tuesday, April 28, 2020
Ultraviolet light (UV-C) is an inexpensive, simple to use, chemical-free disinfection method effective against bacteria, viruses, fungi and spores. Whether it is in preparation for the return of employees and customers or for ongoing disinfection between shifts, meetings, or classes, the Torch UV-C disinfection tower provides a rapid and highly effective method to disinfect surfaces, components, room surfaces and common touch points to reduce the transfer of dangerous organisms such as coronavirus. In fact, the University of Nebraska Medical Center recently published their procedure for N95 mask disinfection using our Torch.
The Torch simply plugs into any standard wall outlet and contains eight high-powered, Teflon-coated UVC lamps to provide quick disinfection times. Each Torch produces an efficient UVC output of 12 mJ/minute (200 μw/cm2) to get a calculated 99% reduction of bacteria in 1 minute and spores like C.diff in 5 minutes making it ideal for the decontamination of all your company’s shared spaces including lobbies, conference rooms, cafeterias, bathrooms, and locker rooms.
Contact ClorDiSys to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus and other dangerous pathogens by calling (908) 236-4100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, March 19, 2020
- Electrostatic spraying with chlorine dioxide, minncare, sodium hypochlorite, or other agent of your choice to eliminate organisms on surfaces for pinpoint disinfection
- Electrostatic spraying with BioBlock 90, a disinfecting agent that doubles as a protection layer from organisms for up to 90 days
- Quick, chemical free, UV-C facility disinfection: UV-C is the killing spectrum of ultraviolet light proven effective against bacteria, viruses, fungi, and spores including SARS-CoV
Friday, March 13, 2020
Friday, February 28, 2020
Ultraviolet light (UV-C) is a simple, chemical-free method of disinfection effective against bacteria, viruses, fungi and spores. ClorDiSys Solutions recently upgraded their Flashbox-mini ultraviolet light disinfection chamber, and the completely redesigned model has a greater intensity providing a higher level of disinfection in faster cycle times. The Flashbox-mini is a small, easily transportable chamber designed for use in any healthcare, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, laboratory, or research setting. It contains one quartz glass shelf to support the items being disinfected, generally tablet computers, phones, remote controls, miscellaneous electronics, instruments, and components, while not creating shadow areas or inhibiting the light’s ability to shine. The quartz glass shelf allows for complete coverage due to its unique ability of allowing UV-C to penetrate, unlike most other materials often seen such as wire, plastic or traditional glass. The chamber produces an efficient UV-C output intensity of approximately 1100 µw/cm2 achieving a 99.99% kill of spores like C. diff and a greater than 99.99% kill of bacteria such as MRSA and Hepatitis in 30 seconds on all visible surfaces. Not only does it reduce the transfer of dangerous organisms, but it also offers a way to disinfect components without removing them from the room, minimizing the chance for cross-contamination.
ClorDiSys Solutions’ years of experience in contamination and infection control across many industry types allows us to offer a unique blend of knowledge, experience, and methods that work. Contact us to discuss the best suited approach to improve your facility’s microbial contamination control and prevention.
Thursday, February 20, 2020
The novel coronavirus is a kind of positive-sense single-stranded RNV virus, same as the SARS and MERS virus. While the complete clinical picture with regard to COVID-19 is not fully understood, both MERS and SARS have been known to cause severe illness in people. Research on SARS found that this kind of virus is sensitive to ultraviolet (UV-C) light and can be diminished with exposure to UV-C irradiation stronger than 90 μW/cm2. Thus, in theory, UV-C light would be able to destroy the novel coronavirus.
Ultraviolet light has been used widely in disinfection with a wide range of medical and non-medical products available in the market. UV-C light is germicidal because it inactivates microorganisms by destroying nucleic acids and disrupting their DNA. Ultraviolet light not only kills the virus on surfaces but also those in the air. China is currently disinfecting some aircrafts as well as yuan bills with ultraviolet light as part of efforts to stop the spread of the coronavirus that has killed more than 1,500 people.
ClorDiSys Solutions has an ultraviolet light disinfection tower, the Torch, that is an inexpensive, easily transportable, powerful system that provides a rapid and highly effective method to disinfect surfaces, components, room surfaces and common touch points. Each Torch produces an efficient UV-C output of 12 mJ/minute (200 μw/cm2) to get a calculated 99% reduction of MRSA in 1 minute and Clostridium difficile spores in 5 minutes. In 2015, the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit (NBU) treated patients with Ebola virus disease evacuated from West Africa to the United States. Four Torch towers were used as the final disinfection step within those patients’ rooms and bathrooms. ClorDiSys also has a smaller version of this UV-C generator called the Lantern, designed for use within EMS vehicles and ambulances. Our line of ultraviolet light systems continues to grow and evolve to further support infection control efforts worldwide.
Friday, February 14, 2020
- How are Consumers Handling Your Products? Hint: It's Not How You Think.
- FDA’s Regulatory Updates and Their Industry Impact
- Allergen Management through Hygienic Zoning and Sanitation
- Evolution of a Food Safety Program after Contamination
- Resident Strains: Identification, Elimination, and Prevention
- USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service Updates
- Empowering Sanitation: Redefining a Dirty Word
- How to Ramp Up Your Recall Readiness
- Managing Food Safety and Sanitation in the Digital Age
Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Friday, January 31, 2020
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
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
Friday, January 10, 2020
- 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
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