What is Mobile Decontamination?
When you think of a clean office or school, you may think about floors, countertops, and kitchens and bathrooms. But it’s the items you and countless others touch every day that need to be cleaned, disinfected, and decontaminated.
- Cleaning – The removal of debris, trash, organic material. (Example: washing of hands or general house cleaning).
- Disinfection – The removal of disease-causing microorganisms to the extent that it makes an item safe for use.
- Decontamination – The elimination of all microorganisms. Sterilization is the highest level of decontamination because it is the destruction of all living material.
High-touch items around your office or school can become hosts to a variety of germs. The more they’re touched, the faster they can spread illness. Having trained professionals come to your site to decontaminate these items and surfaces will ensure that others don’t become infected and sick from disease causing organisms that may be present.
These high-touch items include:
- Individuals’ cell phones, laptops, tablets, and keyboards
- Office laptops, keyboards, and desk phones
- School and daycare toys and enrichment items
- Parks and recreation team equipment items, such as sports equipment
- Hospital mobile medical devices and implements at nursing stations
- Equipment at children’s entertainment facilities, such as bounce houses and ball pits
- And more
Individual efforts can keep these items fairly clean. These efforts include carrying disinfecting wipes, washing hands frequently (or using 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available), and disinfecting hands before and after using a high-touch item.
But sometimes you need a deeper level of “clean.” Decontamination is the highest level of “clean;” it’s the elimination of all microorganisms through sterilization. For a comprehensive approach to decontaminating high-touch items, call the experts at Inspirion Biosciences to not just disinfect, but to decontaminate.
What Is the Difference Between Decontamination & Disinfection?
Disinfection referes to methods effective at slowing down or stopping the spread of infectious organisms, but not the elimination of all harmful germs. To do that, you need to decontaminate. Decontamination is the removal of all substances, such as microbes (microscopic life forms), pathogens (the microbes that cause disease), including viruses. Inspirion Biosciences offers a mobile decontamination service that uses a sterilant gas called chlorine dioxide.
Rendering an area free of pathogens can be complicated. Having an expert correctly perform decontamination services is the most effective way to ensure high-touch items and surfaces don’t harbor disease causing organisms that may infect you or others. Routine housekeeping or cleaning is inadequate to prevent this. Not all disinfectants can kill all pathogens. Liquid and vapor forms of disinfectants can not get into the tiny crevices where pathogens hide. If you want to be sure your workspace is free of pathogens, full decontamination is your safest option. Decontamination with a gas it the most effective approach.
The Value of Mobile Decontamination
Mobile decontamination with chlorine dioxide gas is more effective than the use of disinfectants because chlorine dioxide gas is a sterilizer that kills all living organisms. When you call for a mobile decontamination service, we will travel to your site and use sterilant gas to ensure that all microorganisms on your items are killed. We are also able to provide proof and verification of the decontamination if requested.
About Chlorine Dioxide Gas
Chlorine dioxide gas is registered as a sterilant with the U.S. EPA, meaning it can “eliminate or destroy” microbes such as fungi, viruses, and bacteria. Chlorine dioxide gas has been proven effective against many strains of the coronavirus. Although it has not been tested against the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, all disease causing organisms tested to date have been killed by chlorine dioxide gas.
Benefits of utilizing pure chlorine dioxide gas include:
- At room temperature, chlorine dioxide gas is a pure gas (not a vapor) and, therefore, provides exceptional distribution and penetration.
- Chlorine dioxide gas can penetrate into cracks and crevices, meaning that disease causing organisms lodged there will not survive.
- Chlorine dioxide gas molecules are smaller than microorganisms, so the gas will reach all the places microorganisms can reach.
- Chlorine dioxide gas is safe on electronics, stainless steel, galvanized metals, anodized aluminum, painted/coated metals, plastics, and epoxy paints/coatings.
- Chlorine dioxide gas leaves no residue – either wet or dry – on any surface following treatment.
- Chlorine dioxide is not classified as a carcinogen by any health agency.
- Chlorine dioxide has been used to disinfect domestic drinking water since 1912 and is currently used in food production and manufacturing processes.
Contact Inspirion Biosciences for a Demo!
The scientists, veterinarians, safety professionals, engineers, and project managers at Inspirion Biosciences are passionate about biosafety and biosecurity. We focus on managing BioRisk and creating safe, sterilized environments for our clients. With our mobile decontamination service, we can thoroughly and adequately sterilize high-touch items at your facility.
For more information or to get a demo, contact our team today.