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Coronavirus disinfectant Ready to Use 1 gallon jugs- environmental disaster?

Plastic gallon liquid containers contribute to climate change by generating heat-trapping gases at every stage of their life cycle.

Plastics originate as fossil fuels and emit greenhouse gases from cradle to grave, according to a May 2019 report called “Plastic & Climate: The Hidden Costs of a Plastic Planet,” released by the Center for International Environmental Law, a nonprofit environmental law organization.
What goes into making a plastic jug?

Fossil fuels. Oil, gas, and coal are pulled from the earth through fracking. Then they transported to factories via pipelines, trains, and trucks using more fossil fuels. The Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) estimates 12.5 to 13.5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide are emitted every year while extracting and transporting natural gas to create raw materials for plastics in the United States.

What is an alternative Coronavirus killer with reduced environmental impact?

The best solution is a disinfectant that is manufactured with minimal environmental impact for both the product as well as packaging. First, that means a dilutable product. Based on my calculation, a little less than half of List N (232 of 521) products are dilutable. If you eliminate Quaternary ammonium (131), there’s about 101 left to compare. Second, a solid that’s dilutable is going to have significantly lower impact on packaging, shipping and climate. By my estimate, that’s less than 5 products, or less than 1% of approved products.

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Comparing ready to use one gallon jugs vs our most widely recommended dilutable disinfectant, our cost effective product disinfects, sterilizes, deodorizes, and purifies surfaces, water, and air while minimizing environmental impact. That’s not true of all products on the EPA List N, which the EPA expects to kill the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) when used according to the label directions.

About ESG Safe: ESG Safe offers cleaning, environmental improvement and PPE solutions compatible with environmental social governance goals, while improving public safety and our planet. ESG Safe’s lead disinfectant has a Covid kill rate of 60 seconds and is safe for all commercial and residential needs. ESG Safe is a Women Business Enterprise, Small Business Enterprise.

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CDC UPDATE: Can Covid-19 Be Transmitted HVAC Via Ventilation Systems

The risk of spreading the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) through ventilation systems is not well-known at this time. Viral RNA has reportedly been found on return air grilles, in return air ducts, and on heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) filters, but detecting viral RNA alone does not imply that the captured virus was capable of transmitting disease. One research group reported that the use of a new air-sampling method allowed them to find viable viral particles within a COVID-19 patient’s hospital room with good ventilation, filtration and ultraviolet (UV) disinfection (at distances as far as 16 feet from the patient). However, the concentration of viable virus detected was believed to be too low to cause disease transmission. There may be some implications for HVAC systems associated with these findings, but it is too early to conclude that with certainty. While airflows within a particular space may help spread disease among people in that space, there is no evidence to date that viable virus has been transmitted through an HVAC system to result in disease transmission to people in other spaces served by the same system.

Healthcare facilities have ventilation requirements in place to help prevent and control infectious diseases that are associated with healthcare environments. For more information, see the CDC Guidelines for Environmental Infection Control in Health-Care Facilities.

Non-healthcare (businesses and schools) building owners and managers should maintain building ventilation systems according to state/local building codes and applicable guidelines. Ensuring appropriate outdoor air and ventilation rates is a practical step building owners and managers can take to ensure good indoor air quality.

Source: CDC Updated Dec. 21, 2020 https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/ventilation.html

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Cleaning classrooms safely

Especially in elementary schools, teachers ask parents to bring supplies at the start of a semester. Wipes, kleenex and paper towels used to top the list when my kids were that age. But the wipes parents are donating can be all different brands and efficiency. If a wipe kills Covid in 4 to 10 minutes, is that good enough? I don’t think so.

We need to protect kids from the spread of colds, Covid and all viruses. The chemicals to do that need to be chosen carefully. Reducing chemical toxic exposure in classroom cleaning is proven to result in better test scores. Chronic exposures to common environmental factors in school buildings,
like indoor air pollution, mold, and pesticides impact performance and health. The U.S. EPA (2011) has estimated that more than 60,000 schools (i.e., 46% of U.S. public schools) have environmental conditions that contribute to poor Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ).

Regulations and common sense:

  1. Only custodians or other trained staff should use disinfectants.
  2. Disinfect only when necessary, such as when required by the health department, health code, or regulations.
  3. Avoid ingredients that are not safe for asthma, like bleach, ammonia, quaternary ammonium “quats” compounds (benzalkonium chlorides), and acetic acid (found in vinegar). Examples include Lysol® Disinfectant Spray, Multi-surface Cleaner, and wipes; Clorox Disinfecting Wipes and Clorox Total 360® Disinfecting Cleaner.
  4. Follow the label exactly for a disinfectant to work properly. Using a disinfectant for less time than specified on the label exposes school staff and students to chemicals in the product but may not disinfect the surface. By law, you must keep disinfectants out of students’ reach. Disinfectants should never be used by children or to clean skin, including hands.

ESG Safe recommended disinfectants are safer and more chemically efficient than most products on the EPA List N disinfectants for killing Covid. More than half of products on the EPA List N contain quats. We don’t sell any of them.

https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CCDPHP/DEODC/OHB/WRAPP/Pages/Disinfectants-Schools.aspx

https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/neuroscience/quaternary-ammonium-compounds

About ESG Safe: ESG Safe offers cleaning, environmental improvement and PPE solutions compatible with environmental social governance goals, while improving public safety and our planet. ESG Safe’s lead disinfectant has a Covid kill rate of 60 seconds and is safe for all commercial and residential needs. ESG Safe is a Women Business Enterprise, Small Business Enterprise.

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Safely resuming film production with Covid disinfectant

How do you protect movie stars, production, and studio staff while filming during a pandemic? What happens if someone is identified Covid positive that was negative the day before? A key tool for safety is a disinfectant for both air and surface. With ESG Safe’s disinfecting solutions, staff can hand spray, mop, fog/mist, wash hands, and rinse food. Plus, it’s EPA approved for HVAC systems.

Coronavirus Covid-19 is not the only virus people will encounter this winter. Flu, colds and all kinds pathogens some mild, some not will spread this winter. You can’t control everyone else’s habits, including who they see, who they let into their home, where they shop or where they dine. Testing is not foolproof.

Disinfecting is critical. And not all products are alike.

ESG Safe curates B2B products and services to improve public and workplace safety. They are best in class, often innovative game changers, and are available for immediate delivery or have short lead times. For a disinfecting solution that kills coronavirus, bacteria, black mold and that’s safe enough to also create potable water, contact us. ESG Safe is a Small Business and Women Business Enterprise.

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Disinfecting and contactless checkout solutions for dealer service department

Is your Dealership ESG Safe? Automotive, truck, RV and other dealers needed to rapidly transform in 2020 in response to the Coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic. Suddenly, cleanliness and contactless checkout became more critical than ever. Some dealers were well into advance servicing with technology, and those that lagged are still playing catch up. ESG Safe has the solutions needed to transform or update your dealership while also maximizing profits.

What is contactless checkout for service department? Communicate with the customer with their preferred means and empower them to choose their preferred checkout method.

  • Communicate via phone, text, email
  • Check out in-store, via text or from email
  • Pay with Credit card, Paypal, and alternative methods

Due to Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) and FCC regulations, it’s not as simple as just letting advisors text customers. In fact, that could land the dealer in hot water with expensive fines. Most dealers know this though. The ESG Safe recommended solution uses cloud based technology:

  • Integrated with DMS or standalone via portal or app
  • Email or text customers with full audit trail- bring your own device OK because all activity is in the app; automated compliance management.
  • Upsell customer in compliant manner, proven to increase parts and new car sales.
  • Customers can forward to 3rd party payer or designate 3rd party person to pick up- this kind of flexibility changes the buyer experience and improves CSI scores.

What are the minimum the new standards for service department auto disinfecting?

  • Manual disinfect high touch points- key, fob, door handle, a/c gear shifter etc
  • Mist/fog A/c filtration
  • Interior overall mist/fog

ESG Safe recommended dealer disinfecting solution:

  1. EPA registered Covid kill rate of 60 seconds.
  2. Broad methods of application, which include mop, manual spray, fog or mist, and disperse via air conditioning systems.
  3. More chemically efficient than other products; expensive electrostatic sprayers unnecessary.
  4. No residue, harmful odors, or dangerous byproducts.

About ESG Safe: ESG Safe offers cleaning, environmental improvement and PPE solutions compatible with Environmental Social Governance goals, while improving public safety and our planet. ESG Safe’s lead disinfectant has a Covid kill rate of 60 seconds and is safe for all commercial and residential needs. ESG Safe is a Women Business Enterprise, Small Business Enterprise.

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Covid spread among athletes

NCAA, NFL, NBA players all have continuing Covid positive tests despite all out efforts to stop the spread. Is it time to look at new suppliers for PPD and disinfectants? Questionable products have been procured by companies large and small, as needs sometimes outweigh supplies. Whether on the field, court, home, or just running errands, the Coronavirus Covid-19 seems unstoppable and one thing is certain- whatever precautionary measures are in place are not stopping the spread 100%.

ESG Safe does not claim to prevent any virus or bacteria 100%. We do however have products that may not be as widely known due to innovations in the last 5 years. About half of EPA list N covid killing disinfectants list Quaternary ammonium as the active ingredient. Quaternary ammonium, or Quats for short, have been in use for over 70 years, before 1976 legislation allowing regulation of potentially dangerous chemicals. Because quats were on the market when the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act was passed, they were allowed to stay on the market without being evaluated for safety. Many in the chemical community are questioning their safety, especially given the rise in use since the Covid pandemic begin.

Through education, we aim to help businesses more safely protect their employees, customers and the environment. For example, in speaking with a national commercial cleaning company recently, the main disinfectant they use for fogging is applied via an electrostatic sprayer. The fact is, with a more efficient disinfectant, it’s not necessary.

What’s a better way to reduce the spread of Coronavirus, MRSA and other bacteria, viruses etc while protecting the environment?

  • Replace or eliminate expensive electrostatic sprayers with low cost, variable micron sprayers.
  • Replace less efficient disinfectants, which may contain by products and chemicals that have never been tested for long term daily exposure, with stronger safer dilutable solutions.
  • Don’t buy pre-made 1 gallon bottles of chemicals. Think how much waste goes into making the bottles, which are typically not recycled due to their content, shipping the bottles, storage and more.
  • Ask an ESG Safe consultant for assistance in choosing the right products for your business.

If your school, stadium, medical office or business is getting fogged daily, do you know what chemicals are in that and what the repeated exposure of touching surfaces is? Of course not. But by studying chemicals in products, we can ascertain which are more likely to have adverse long term effects than others. For example, it’s known that janitors using cleaning agents that contain Quaternary ammonium, or “quats” for short, have a higher incidence of asthma.

https://www.ehn.org/quats-quagmire-common-disinfectants-cause-reproductive-problems-in-mice-study-says-2569921664.html

About ESG Safe: ESG Safe offers cleaning, environmental improvement and PPE solutions compatible with environmental social governance goals, while improving public safety and our planet. ESG Safe’s lead disinfectant has a Covid kill rate of 60 seconds and is safe for all commercial and residential needs. ESG Safe is a Women Business Enterprise, Small Business Enterprise.

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Cost-saving PPE solutions for tough times

Before Coronavirus Covid-19 hit the USA, ISHN Magazine published the headline above about how to reduce PPE costs in a May 7, 2019 article. Less than a year later, when the pandemic hit in 2020, it was all hands on deck to find and add new kinds of PPE, and the usual mayhem ensued with fake products, poorly made products, and challenges in getting any PPE at all. Now is probably a good time to assess what’s been working, what hasn’t and what are the shortfalls in employee protection.

ISHN highlights that sometimes products that cost more in the short run, save money in the long run by reducing costly mistakes, preventing injuries and reducing injuries. For example, improper fit or uncomfortable gloves can lead to multiple problems. With Covid-19, we can add new concerns- high employee absenteeism and death.

Buying from the right source is essential. ISIS allegedly used the website facemaskcenter.com as a front for peddling fake N-95 mask. Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck, NJ bought over 1,000 fake respirators. Legitimate masks and manufacturers are regulated by NIOSH – the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

ESG Safe provides manufacturer to end-delivery supply chain confidence. Our manufacturer partners have solid reputations. We’ve curated only those products that we feel have had qualify issues in the marketplace or that have been in short supply. However, our partners have more products than we advertise, so if you anything else, just ask.

Resources:

Occupational Safety and Health Standards – Personal Protective Equipment- General Standards https://www.osha.gov/laws-regs/regulations/standardnumber/1910/1910.132

ESG Safe curates B2B products and services to improve public and workplace safety. They are best in class, often innovative game changers, and are available for immediate delivery or have short lead times. For a disinfecting solution that kills coronavirus, bacteria, black mold and that’s safe enough to also create potable water, contact us. ESG Safe is a Small Business and Women Business Enterprise.