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The Use of Ozone to Protect Care Home Residents and Staff
The fight to keep the coronavirus out of our residential care homes and managing a virus breakout is a tough and ongoing battle. For those that have already had infections within the home it is imperative that.
With the elderly residents being some of the most vulnerable in our society, it is extremely hard work to keep on top of all the extra measures put in place to help protect them and keep them and the staff safe from being infected with COVID.
While restrictions may have been put on families from visiting care homes, regular deliveries from suppliers are still needed. Food, PPE, cleaning & medical supplies are being delivered, on a daily basis, in some cases.
All inbound deliveries have to be wiped down, disinfected and sanitised before being taken into the main building. Wiping down the items can take some time and leaving the deliveries in a room for at least 24 hours can also be problematic.
A more efficient option that can save considerable time, effort and money is an Envirosafe Ozone Generating machine.
Deliveries are put into a closed room, the Envirusafe unit is then turned on and begins to produce ozone gas that will then begin its work by permeating, sanitising and sterilising the air and everything it touches,
Ozone is the strongest disinfectant available, more than 50 times stronger than other disinfectants, including chlorine, and it works up to 3,000 times faster!
Ozone cannot be stored and is produced at the point of use, on-site, using an ozone generator, and they cost less than a light bulb to run making them very cost effective.
Virtually anything can be sanitised and disinfected using ozone and, unlike chemicals, there are no toxic residues that need to be monitored, making the Envirusafe range of units ideal for the sanitisation of pharmaceutical equipment, PPE, staff uniforms, medical supplies and fresh food deliveries.
Not only will ozone disinfect surfaces, food, water, clothing and other items is also very effective at destroying airborne viruses, pathogens and microorganisms and can be used as a way to provide an added layer of protection in areas that are prone to high traffic. Entrance halls, waiting rooms, communal areas, treatment rooms, washrooms and toilets can all be treated with ozone.
Another benefit of ozone is that, until now, there has been no evidence that any microorganism, virus or bacteria has been able to build resistance to ozone unlike other chemical disinfectants that are used.
There are 3 basic types of ozone generators that we produce.
Low level units – The low level ozone generators produce low levels of ozone. These units are installed permanently into bathrooms, meeting rooms, kitchens, wash rooms and toilets and are operated on a timer to continually keep the areas santised. These are especially useful for items like door handles, for example, where cleaning after every time the handle is touched is impractical.
Fan assisted units – The larger ozone generators are used to shock treat rooms and larger spaces and as a fast way to disinfect deliveries, food, clothes, furniture, equipment and uniforms, PPE and other objects and equipment. Items are placed in the room and the ozone generates higher levels of ozone that sanitises, disinfects and sterilises everything it touches.
Piped Systems – The piped units produce high levels of ozone that can be piped into confined spaces like buses, coaches, cars, cupboards and storerooms. You can ozonate water which can then be used as a liquid disinfectant to wipe down surfaces and to sterilise fruit and vegetable
Envirosafe Ozone Sanitiser Uses in a Care Home Environment
- Disinfect inbound supplies and deliveries
- Disinfect and sterlise staff uniforms and PPE including N95 masks at the end of the shift.
- Shock treat rooms that have been occupied by those infected with COVID19
- Treat day rooms, communal rooms and thoroughfares at the end of the day
- Ongoing disinfection of bathrooms, toilets, washrooms, kitchens and meeting rooms
Ozone has been used commercially for many years to sanitise sewage water and food processing plants, breweries and even fishing trawlers.
Ozone is also an excellent deodoriser removing stubborn smells like urine, vomit, sour milk and faeces as well as tobacco smoke, mould and damp smells.
For more information contact
Bob Long – Head of Technical