Joe Covello on Disinfecting and the Revolution of Electrostatic Disinfection Services
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In this in-depth interview, Joe Covello of Sanico USA offers insights into the world of disinfection, its critical importance, and the game-changing advancements in the field, particularly electrostatic disinfection. He unveils the transformation of the facility management landscape, driven by these technologies, and highlights the significant benefits these methods bring in protecting public health in various environments, such as construction sites, schools, municipalities, hospitals, offices and other public facilities.
Q: To start can you provide an overview of Sanico USA and the full range of services you offer for our audience?
JC: Of course, it's a pleasure to be here. Sanico USA is a modern facility management team based in the heart of New York City. We take great pride in offering a comprehensive suite of services to meet the diverse needs of our clients. Our services include Post & Final Cleaning. Commercial Façade Cleaning, Biometric access control, turnstiles, and industrial-grade wireless camera systems, disinfecting, scheduled cleanings, etc. By providing this full-service menu, we aim to be a one-stop solution for all facility management needs.
Q: To set a foundation for our discussion, could you briefly explain the basics of what disinfecting is?
JC: Disinfection is the process of killing or eliminating many or all pathogenic microorganisms on inanimate objects and surfaces to prevent them from spreading. This process is critical in controlling the transmission of infectious diseases. Disinfectants are chemical agents designed to inactivate or destroy microorganisms on inert surfaces. It's important to note that disinfection does not necessarily kill all microorganisms, especially resistant bacterial spores, but it's sufficient to reduce the level of microorganisms to an acceptable level that doesn't harm health or the quality of perishable goods.
Q: Is there a difference between cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting?
JC: Yes, there is and many people get confused with these terms, sanitizing, and disinfecting are three distinct processes, each with its own purpose. Cleaning involves physically removing dirt and grime from surfaces, usually with soap or detergent and water. It doesn't necessarily kill germs, but it can remove them, reducing their numbers.
Sanitizing, on the other hand, is a step up from cleaning. It reduces the number of bacteria identified on the product's label on surfaces and in laundry to a safe level, as judged by public health standards or requirements.
Disinfecting, which we've talked about earlier, goes a step further by killing a higher percentage of all types of microorganisms, including both bacteria and viruses. I think its also important to note, disinfectants are regulated by the EPA and must meet their criteria for efficacy.
Q: How has Sanico USA's approach to disinfection evolved to address the challenges presented by the pandemic?
JC: The COVID-19 pandemic has brought disinfection to the forefront of public health concerns. At Sanico USA, we have taken proactive measures to adapt our services and ensure the safety of our clients and their premises. Our team of experienced professionals follows strict protocols and utilizes the latest technology to deliver top-quality electrostatic disinfection services. We have partnered with ByoPlanet, a leading provider of electrostatic cleaning systems, to offer the most advanced and effective solutions available.
Q: Can you tell us more about ByoPlanet's electrostatic cleaning systems and how they contribute to the effectiveness of your services?
JC: Absolutely. ByoPlanet's electrostatic cleaning systems have revolutionized the disinfection industry. They utilize advanced technology to deliver a highly efficient and comprehensive process. The systems work by emitting a specialized solution that is combined with air and atomized by an electrode inside the sprayer. The resulting spray contains positively charged particles that aggressively adhere to surfaces and objects, providing optimal coverage. This "wrap around" coverage ensures that every nook and cranny is thoroughly disinfected, providing maximum protection and helping to stop the spread of illness-causing germs. This is nearly impossible with traditional practices that were done by hand and as you can guess, is a much faster process.
Q: What are the specific advantages of electrostatic disinfection compared to traditional disinfecting methods?
JC: Electrostatic disinfection offers several key advantages over traditional methods. First and foremost, it provides superior coverage and effectiveness. The positively charged particles emitted by the electrostatic sprayer adhere to surfaces, including hard-to-reach areas and awkwardly shaped objects, ensuring comprehensive disinfection. This process significantly reduces the risk of missing spots that may be overlooked by traditional wiping or spraying methods.
Secondly, it is a highly efficient and time-saving solution. The electrostatic sprayer can cover a larger area in a shorter amount of time compared to manual wiping or spraying methods. This efficiency is particularly valuable when disinfecting large spaces or facilities with tight schedules.
Thirdly, this state of the art process is a safe and environmentally friendly option. The specialized solution used is non-toxic and leaves no harmful residue. This means that it is safe for both people and animals, eliminating any concerns about exposure to harsh chemicals.
Lastly, it provides peace of mind. The thorough and comprehensive coverage ensures that every surface is effectively disinfected, reducing the risk of illness and creating a safe environment for employees, customers, and visitors.
Q: How effective is electrostatic disinfection specifically against the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19, the flu, or even the common cold?
JC: Electrostatic disinfection has been proven to be highly effective against the SARS-CoV-2 virus, other viruses and germs. The solution used in the process is EPA approved and has been tested to kill 99.99% of the virus that causes COVID-19, as well as other viruses and bacteria. This level of effectiveness provides reassurance to our clients, knowing that we are taking the necessary steps to create a safe and healthy environment for their employees and customers.
Q: In addition to electrostatic disinfection, are there any other measures or protocols that Sanico USA has implemented to enhance the safety and efficiency of your disinfection services?
JC: Absolutely. At Sanico USA, we believe in a holistic approach to disinfection. In addition to electrostatic disinfection, we have implemented stringent protocols to ensure the safety and efficiency of our services. Our team follows guidelines and best practices set forth by leading health organizations, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). We continuously monitor and update our protocols to align with the latest scientific research and recommendations.
Furthermore, our team receives ongoing training and education to stay up-to-date with the latest developments in disinfection techniques and technologies. This commitment to continuous improvement allows us to deliver the highest standard of service to our clients.
Q: Are there areas or surfaces that are often overlooked during the disinfecting process?
JC: Absolutely. High-touch surfaces are generally given priority in disinfecting protocols. These include doorknobs, light switches, remotes, keyboards, and bathroom fixtures. However, there are several commonly overlooked areas. These include kitchen sponges, dish brushes, washing machine interiors, garbage cans, and reusable grocery bags. It's important to ensure a comprehensive disinfection strategy that covers these often-neglected areas. Educating our clients on every aspect of mitigating germs is also something that sets us apart from your everyday disinfecting companies.
Q: Can overusing disinfectants lead to resistance in bacteria and viruses?
JC: This is a complex issue. While there is a concern about overusing antibiotics leading to antibiotic-resistant bacteria, the concept doesn't exactly translate to disinfectants. Disinfectants act in a more general way and are designed to be lethal to microorganisms, leaving them little opportunity to adapt and become resistant. That said, it is still essential to use disinfectants judiciously, according to guidelines and as part of a broader strategy of infection control that includes cleaning and hand hygiene.
Q: How important is the dwell time in the disinfection process?
JC: Dwell time, or the time a disinfectant needs to stay wet on a surface to effectively kill pathogens, is crucial. Each disinfectant product has a specific dwell time listed on its label, and it's important to follow these instructions to ensure effective disinfection. If a surface is dried before the recommended dwell time has passed, the disinfectant may not eliminate all of the pathogens.
Q: Can individuals and businesses maintain a regular disinfecting schedule on their own, or is it advisable to hire professionals?
JC: While regular cleaning and some level of disinfection can certainly be done by individuals, professional disinfecting services bring a level of expertise and thoroughness that can be hard to match. Professionals have access to more powerful disinfectants and equipment, are trained in proper disinfecting techniques, and know how to target high-risk areas. Especially in a business or public setting, professional disinfecting services can provide an additional layer of protection and peace of mind.
Q: As the pandemic winds down, do you foresee a continued high demand for advanced disinfection services like electrostatic disinfection?
JC: Absolutely. While the pandemic has certainly heightened awareness about the importance of disinfection, the need for effective and efficient disinfection services extends beyond the previous crisis. Protecting public health is an ongoing concern, and the advancements in disinfection technology we've seen, such as electrostatic disinfection, provide value in any circumstance. Whether it's preventing the spread of seasonal flu, protecting against potential future outbreaks, or simply maintaining a clean and healthy environment, I believe these advanced disinfection services will continue to be in demand.
Q: Any closing thoughts you'd like to share with our audience?
JC: I'd just like to stress the importance of not becoming complacent as we move beyond the pandemic. The lessons we've learned about hygiene, cleaning, and disinfection should not be forgotten. They're part of a broader public health strategy that's essential in any context. At Sanico USA, we're committed to continue working with our clients to provide high-quality, advanced disinfection services that protect their health and safety. We believe that everyone has a role to play in promoting public health, and we're proud to contribute to this effort.
And with that, we conclude our enlightening conversation with Joe Covello, a leader in the field of disinfection services. We hope you have gained invaluable insights into the importance of professional disinfection, the effectiveness of cutting-edge technology like electrostatic disinfection, and how we all can contribute to a healthier environment. As we navigate our path forward, maintaining stringent hygiene and cleanliness standards will remain pivotal.
Contact Sanico USA today, not just for your immediate disinfection needs but to establish a continued partnership for a healthier, safer future. Remember, a clean environment isn't just a requirement during a pandemic; it's a long-term commitment to public health and safety. Don't wait. Act now and make cleanliness and comprehensive disinfection a top priority.
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