LOXYDE HAS LABORATORY PROVEN EFFICACY AGAINST COVID AND HAS DEMONSTRATED ITS EFFECTIVENESS AS A DISINFECTANT WHEN FOGGED.

THE FOGGING EFFICACY OF LOXYDE AGAINST COVID

Although fogging Loxyde has always been successful, Loxyde was never officially tested for this application until recently.

Loxyde was tested against COVID and for fogging effectiveness as it has become vital to rapidly disinfect enclosed multi-occupancy areas and rapidly make them available again – think enclosed public areas such as shopping centres, public transport, cruise ships, stadiums, etc where large crowds gather.

In some cases the turnaround is only 1 hour. This time includes:

  • Treatment time,

  • Contact time – time product needs to achieve sufficient kill-rate

  • Aerating time

 

In some situations it is possible to completely evacuate and refresh all the air inside the treatment area in under 15 minutes with all airborne peroxide residual being removed – meaning that a treated area can be opened to public in 60 minutes.

 

THE TEST:

                 European standard:         EN 17272

British standard:               BS EN 172 : 2020

Title of test:

Chemical disinfectants and antiseptics – Methods of airborne room disinfection by automated process – Determination of bacterial, mycobacterial, sporicidal, fungicidal, yeasticidal, virucidal and phagocidal activities

 

Description of test:

  • Dosage Loxyde: Loxyde 5%

  • Test time: 45 minutes – this includes fogging time and contact time

  • Viruses: Murine hepatitis virus, Porcine parvovirus, Herpes Simplex Type 1

 

RESULTS of VIRUS TESTING:

Note: we will not publish the entire test only the results of the virus testing. For more information contact:

de Jong ECOservices: www.loxyde.com

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COVID TEST:

 Loxyde was tested against Covid using Loxyde 3.5% solution for 5 minutes. The results was a Log >6.53 (99.999953%) disinfection under dirty conditions which is serious overkill.

 Loxyde would most probably have obtained  a Log 4 disinfection (minimum requirement) in 1-2 minutes contact time using Loxyde 3.5% solution.

 

ADVANTAGES OF LOXYDE WHEN FOGGING:

 

  • Proven efficacy against a wide range of micro-organisms incl. viruses.

  • Micro-Organisms (M.O.) cannot build-up resistance to Loxyde – Unlike chlorine or quat based chemicals for example.

  • Fast process – minimum downtime

  • Loxyde disinfects the air as well as direct and indirect surfaces during fogging

  • Loxyde breaks down into water and oxygen and contains no heavy metals (e.g. silver, etc)

  • Environment friendly

  • Does not damage surfaces.

  • Does not damage stainless steal

  • Residual action: Loxyde is generally affective for many hours on surfaces after application – this prevents immediate reinfection.

  • Loxyde will neutralise (bad) smells

  • Easy to apply.

  • None-rinse

  • Labour-saving

 

BENEFITS OF FOGGING:

  • Fogging system allows the disinfectant spray to penetrate all areas including unreachable spaces for total coverage.  

  • This method is considered very efficient and safe because it disinfects every surface and object it touches;

  • Eliminates odours and moulds.

  • Effective at reducing air-borne contaminants.

  • Effective at disinfecting hard to reach areas.

 

Physically cleaning surfaces with A detergent:

 

“Fogging must never be a sole solution”.

 

Loxyde will destroy viruses free floating in the air but it will not be able to destroy viruses that are protected by dust or other organic pollution. It is therefore important to regularly clean surfaces prior to disinfection using water and a detergent.

 

The advantage of using a non-rinse disinfectant in a fogging system is that it requires very little effort and therefore cost. In comparison cleaning, using a detergent requires: manual labour, time,  mechanical action such as brushing and scrubbing and the use of a detergent on a surface followed by wiping-off the detergent.

 

Loxyde does have an advantage over most other disinfectants used for fogging in that it is highly effective at breaking up Biofilm behind which M.O. may harbour. As a none-rinse disinfectant it remains effective for a long period of time on surfaces at a level that is totally harmless for people.

 

Cost of cleaning vs cost of fogging a disinfectant
 

Cost of cleaning and disinfection can be simply  put into 4 categories:

  1. Time:

    1. Duration of the cleaning/disinfection procedure. A longer contact time allows the product to better break up dirt in the case of a detergent to kill M.O. in the case of a disinfectant.

  2. Mechanical action:

    1. Effectiveness of the detergent or disinfectant used. The less mechanical action it has the longer time it requires

  3. Labour:

    1. Cost of labour to clean or disinfect a particular area

  4. Chemical used:

    1. The cost and effectiveness of the chemical itself and utilising it in the correct way.  

 

Note that the reduction of any of the factors must be balance by an increase in one of the other factors.

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Labour: Highest cost as manual cleaning is labour intensive.

Mechanical action: Using a detergent with its own mechanical action will be more effective and reduce labour cost.

Time: The time needed for the detergent to be effective in combination with mechanical action.

Chemical: Cost and effectiveness of the chemical in achieving the required results. Example, a cheap chemical may require a much higher dosage than an expensive chemical which only requires a very small dosage.

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Time: Fogging Loxyde time is the biggest factor. The reason is that although fogging is a simple method to disinfect all direct and indirect surfaces as well as the air in the room, the dosage used is low in comparison to that used if it was applied manually. The advantage with fogging is that it does not require labour or staff to wait.

Labour: In an automated fogging process it only requires someone to press a button and exit the treatment area before foggers - which are time delayed – start.

Mechanical action: Unlike most disinfectants, Loxyde has its own mechanical action which helps to reduce time and makes the disinfection more effective.

Chemical:  Fogging Loxyde is cheap as it requires very little labour time – labour always being the most expensive cost.

Other application methods for Loxyde:

 

Besides fogging, Loxyde can also be applied using a spray and wipe (e.g. trigger spray) or simply by a cloth or wipe which is soaked in Loxyde.

Loxyde is a non-rinse disinfectant and fully breaks down to water and oxygen over a number of hours preventing rapid reinfection

 

LEGALITY: Would Your Company Be Liable if Someone Contracts COVID-19?

 

Many companies have been successfully sued in the past due to a person or a group of people becoming sick – sometimes dying – due to lack of due care by a company – examples are Legionella, Norovirus, food poisoning, etc.

 

Companies and their insurers are bracing themselves for an onslaught of personal injury lawsuits claiming that plaintiffs contracted COVID-19 due to companies’ supposed negligence.

 

It is therefore important for companies to demonstrate that they are taking precautions to minimise the risk of being found liable for possible negligence.

 

If a company can demonstrate that it is taking precautions then they generally are not found liable for negligence. Fogging Loxyde – in combination with other required measures - would clearly demonstrate that the company is taking precautions to ensure a safe environment by minimising the risk of infection. Furthermore posting that this is being done will further dissuade any possible claimants as they are much less likely to make a claim against a company that clearly makes it public that it is taking reasonable precautions. Don’t forget that preventing a lawsuit is always cheaper than having to go to court.