Can disinfectants affect employee health?

Many companies are aggressively using sprayers and disinfectants as part of ongoing efforts to protect employees and the public from the spread of Covid-19.

But a common mistake that employees make is assuming that any chemical can be used with any sprayer. And that can be dangerous, leading not only to health issues, but significant costs.

Experts agree that proper disinfectant application is a safety issue.

WHO International states that “Disinfectant solutions must be prepared and used according to the manufacturer’s recommendations for volume and contact time.” Unfortunately, the rules are often not followed due to lack of employee awareness and education.

The CDC explains that, “Disinfectants are not interchangeable and incorrect concentrations and inappropriate disinfectants can result in excessive costs,” due to health issues resulting from occupational exposure.

Mistakes include improper PPE, insufficient ventilation, and incorrect application. For example, a chlorine-based disinfectant that is used in a fogger requires employees to be properly masked and clothed to prevent risk of topical exposure or inhalation.

The National Institute of Health reports that “Occupational exposure to cleaning products and disinfectants was significantly associated with a 25% to 38% increased risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).” Other associated health issues include memory loss, headaches, seizures, and nausea.

Take actions to protect your staff.

The wrong applicator and the wrong PPE expose your employees to risks. Take the time to make sure that your staff is educated on the proper usage and application of any disinfectant before they start spraying.

One of the biggest mistakes commonly made is using the wrong sprayer or trying to make one tool fit all application environments – a risky and potentially costly decision to employees’ health. The type of sprayer depends on the job, and it’s essential that you have the right one to apply disinfectant.

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About North Bay Equipment - Hotsy Pacific

Proud to support and be a member of Northern California wine growers associations for over 30 years, and with a Center in Santa Rosa, market leader Hotsy Pacific works with hundreds of wineries throughout Northern California. Offering free Strategic Disinfecting & Sanitizing consultations, the company specializes in custom solutions tailored to client needs, as well as cleaning and sanitation equipment sales, rentals, service and repair. They have been recognized as the “go to” company for smart, cost-effective solutions designed to improve productivity, reduce labor costs, and deliver the necessary results, they serve hundreds of wineries, breweries, food manufacturers, ag  businesses and more.