How EarthSafe Streamlines Cleaning Chemistries in the New Normal
EarthSafe, developers of the EvaClean Infection Prevention Solution, is an exhibitor at Cruise Ship Hospitality Expo. EarthSafe originated in the marine sector, working with the U.S. Navy to neutralize norovirus on ships and submarines without using harsh chemicals. In this guest article, EarthSafe explains how to streamline cleaning chemicals while retaining a high level of cleanliness.
EarthSafe Chemical Alternatives special report – Historically, professional cleaners have used diverse protocols to clean, sanitize, and disinfect each aspect of a ship. Add mould remediation, odour control, and other tasks to the list and the prospect of success becomes even more daunting. Implementing separate procedures for every need usually leads to employing a range of specialized chemicals, making it easy for Chief Steward and Housekeeper to lose control of the numerous products cluttering housekeeping closets. Now that we’ve entered the new normal, there are even more considerations for addressing COVID-19, creating further chemical confusion.
Chemistry Mixes Create Challenges
Cleaning a facility often involved numerous chemicals, including neutral floor cleaner, general hard-surface disinfectant, sporicidal, bleach, food-safe sanitizer, mould remover, odour eliminator, and more. Managing labels, safety data sheets, usage guidelines, and expiration records for all these products required countless hours, and now requires even more with the addition of coronavirus. To complicate matters, each chemical is applied differently and often requires dilution, a process prone to human or equipment error.
Chief Steward and Housekeepers already face complex jobs, compounded by time limitations, labour issues, worker safety, and budget restrictions, and now pandemic concerns are added to the mix. If managers don’t find ways to simplify current cleaning processes, ships may face increased health, safety, and compliance issues.
Streamline Cleaning Chemistries
In recent years, a chemistry composed of sodium dichloroisocyanurate (NaDCC) has shown promise as a streamlined solution. NaDCC is available in tablet concentrate form and, when mixed with normal tap water, creates hypochlorous acid (HOCI) solutions. NaDCC is a non-caustic, organic chlorine donor. It is environmentally safe for people, equipment, and floors, and as a flexible, broad-spectrum disinfectant can be used throughout the cleaning process. When diluted at different strengths, NaDCC can act as sanitizer, hospital-grade disinfectant, sporicidal, or tuberculocidal. This multipurpose solution allows ships to use one chemical from the beginning to the end of the cleaning process, and everything in between. Eliminating a half-dozen chemicals from individual cleaning protocols simplifies processes and improve workflows. In addition to higher efficiencies, chemical simplification results in various other benefits.
Benefits of consolidating cleaning chemical products to one solution:
- Standardizing processes around one broad-spectrum chemistry eliminates potential failure points caused by human error. Instead of multiple safety practices, chemical usage guides, and dwell times, one chemistry with one set of directions for every stage of the cleaning process takes the guesswork out of cleaning and disinfection.
- The quick-dissolving tablet concentrate ensures an accurate dilution and helps prevent the risk of mixing mistakes.
- HOCI produced by NaDCC is rated 0,0,0 by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), which presents a less hazardous alternative to some of the more corrosive sporicidal grade chemicals used today.
- With a pH of 6.5 – 7.0, NaDCC exhibits good surface compatibility and won’t damage equipment or dull floor finishes.
- Savings on shipping and storage costs by switching to a tablet concentrate from liquid concentrate.
- Savings on product costs as HOCI solutions are effective at low concentrations, requiring less frequent purchasing.
- Decrease in chemical waste due to dilution stability and up to 60% less chemical usage per square foot with electrostatic sprayers.
- Lower labour expenses due to higher productivity and performance.
- Less costs from infectious outbreak losses.
Be More Effective in Less Time
Switching to NaDCC tablet form also allows ships to leverage new electrostatic technologies. Electrostatic sprayers are capable of up to 10-times faster application times and virtually 100% wrap-around disinfection, which has been a game changer for every sector of the cleaning business. These new technologies reduce the amount of chemicals needed to clean and disinfect while achieving improved outcomes.
Simplify Compliance Management
Standardization of cleaning and disinfection processes also can solve many compliance concerns. Levels of compliance are directly proportional to cleaning success. Best practices include consolidating around a universal disinfectant that achieves maximum safety and efficacy and eliminates persistent industry risks, like chemical binding. Less chemical variation also leads to better tracking and monitoring, as well as simpler training programs that can be easily replicated and scaled, which is crucial in an industry where multilingual staff and high turnover are prevalent. The end goal is to improve outcomes and raise levels of compliance.
The cleaning industry embraces reinvention. Revamping for improvement involves streamlining processes, starting with the chemicals we use. Ultimately, these streamlined processes can result in more efficient and effective sanitation, increased compliance, and proactive prevention of contagious outbreaks like COVID-19.
EarthSafe are exhibiting at Cruise Ship Hospitality Expo. Find out more about Cruise Ship Hospitality Expo here.