Beware of inauthentic virus control services

Posted on: May 5, 2020, in Blog

The Coronavirus pandemic has seen a surge of opportunistic providers for any essential product or service required to combat the disease. Unscrupulous service providers are appearing with an array of concoctions and tools to dupe business owners.

Durban, 27 April 2020: As South Africa prepares for the next phase in the battle against the SARS CoV-2 (COVID-19) virus, some industries will be allowed back to work, with the proviso they first prepare the workplace appropriately. Microbial fogging is widely used to combat pathogens such as bacteria, viruses and fungi, but business owners must verify the authenticity of the service provided warns a national pest control provider.

Martin Steyn, Director of Service Master SA Pest Control and Hygiene Services, reports nationwide urgency to secure microbial fogging services ahead of phase four of the lockdown protocols. “Our offices have been flooded with calls for this service and we are doing our best to accommodate business owners. However nationally stocks of the ULV (Ultra Low Volume) fogging equipment, which is able to deliver the disinfectant at the right microscopic size, are hard to secure,” he said. “Application using standard hand pumps, thermal (hot) foggers or other backpack devices will have a much lower efficacy than ULV misting or ULV fogging and will not give the desired results”.

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Melanie Kuster, Technical Director at SteriTech emphasises the importance of how the chemical is applied. The company is a South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) licensed medical device manufacturer whose product SteriTech CAS complies with the requirements of VC8054:2017, as governed by the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS). “When practicing infection control it is important to combat the route of transmission (droplet spread) of a pathogen. It is critical that the method of application of any disinfectant is capable of covering an area equal to or larger than the potential spread of the virus from a cough or sneeze.” she advises.

Steyn advises consumers verify the following with a microbial fogging service provider:

  1. Is the product laboratory tested? Ask for Test Reports from an accredited laboratory.
  2. Is the product registered with the NRCS? A registration certificate should be able to be produced?
  3. Does the equipment being used for application deliver the product at a microscopic particle size of 10-50 microns? i.e do they have ULV foggers or other Ultra Low Volume equipment?
  4. Does the provider offer a Certificate of Treatment after the service detailing the above?

Microbial fogging is utilized in both commercial and domestic sectors, and is capable of providing effective disinfection in large scale environments.

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