Unsurprisingly a wide range of respiratory related symptoms can be attributed to bio-aerosols and they are a concern in all working environments, maintaining low and controlled levels of bio-aerosols is essential for the short and long term health of workers and visitors.
Monitoring of bio-aerosols has been increased in recent years and this has given far greater understanding.
Waste processing and specifically MRF’s are recognized as higher risk environments, the decomposition of certain waste combined with the actions of inspecting and sorting, this both increases the quantity of bio-aerosols in this working environment and the exposure of the workers to the potential risk. Utilizing PPE equipment, specifically breathing masks will always improve the situation but is not always practical with the physical demands of the work involved; improvements to the working atmosphere such as heated sorting rooms, can actually make the situation worse as natural airflow is reduced.
Initial on site testing in a MRF has shown a 97% reduction in bio-aerosols within a pre-sorting cabin over a 3 month period. This success has led to a dramatic increase in products supplied to this environment and the recent completion of our newest product range designed specifically for use within this type of location.
“Reducing the number of pathogenic bacteria is a major goal for maintaining our integrity as a top performing food supplier. The Dax technology is able to reach and kill bacteria continuously not only on the surface of the meat but also in areas where traditional disinfection is not possible due to food proximity, such as chillers and delivery vehicles. During our trial, we saw a significant and continued bacteria reduction from slaughter to delivery. I strongly believe that this is a very significant new technology for food safety when it is used properly in the right areas and it can only increase shelf life and customer safety.”
“Because AIRsteril works 24 hours a day it is constantly killing both airborne and surface bacteria without any requirement for breaks in production. Due to the massive reductions in the TVC we were able to scale back the swab testing with confidence which also saved money”
Production Manager, Gary Luff
“With AIRsteril we have proven that science can provide us with a ‘belt and braces’ approach in addition to our existing best available techniques. Since installing AIRsteril, our bacteria TVC test results are now consistently excellent and we are committed to keeping it that way”
“We decided to install AIRsteril in our production and chill areas. We have been very impressed with the results. Since installation, our bacteria TVC test results are at an all-time low and because of this, we have recently obtained official EU approval to supply beef patties intended to be less than thoroughly cooked”
Technical Manager, Jack Grin
"The UK banking centre at Canary Wharf is populated with modern skyscrapers featuring the latest in office building technology. The Credit Suisse UK HeadQuarters allows staff to make the most of windows which has meant that the main building services are sited in the middle of the building. As such with long air ducting, their luxury washrooms struggle to maintain air quality and a clean, fresh smelling work place.
They have installed AIRsteril for odour and infection control in their washrooms. Convinced that the bacteria and viruses that cause infections are killed by AIRsteril, the new offices will feature MF units to ensure staff absenteeism is kept to a minimum."
"On a Test Match day at Lord's there are 25,000 people, mostly males, spending all day watching cricket and drinking. With several visits per person during the day the gents toilets can have up to a 10,000 footfall a day. The staff have had difficulty in clearing the resulting odours. The stainless steel trough urinals in some of the washrooms create added problems.
Just in time for a major Test Match, AIRsteril WRX trial units were installed in two of the major washrooms. After just a few hours, the units had managed to get on top of the smell, then controlled the odours throughout the 5 day match. The facilities staff are very pleased and plan to increase the number of installations before the start of the next cricket season."