Advancements in technology have provided us with a number of devices that may be used to not only clean but purify the air, improving the air quality and eliminating the possibility of transmission of the spread of disease via airborne particles.
One such device that has proven time and time again to be effective, is the CASPR Pro device. Born for use in the healthcare industry, here we show the use in some of the most common industries that require the need for flawless hygiene standards.
VENUES THAT SEE HIGH FOOT TRAFFIC
• Sports and Entertainment Venues
• Hotels, motels, resorts, ski lodges, cabins, cottages, hostels or bed and breakfast establishments
• Places of Worship
• Retail industry including both goods and services
• Corporate industry including offices and workspaces
High foot traffic often means high risk of exposure to infectious agents, particularly in the form of microorganisms carried by humans. These industries are often only cleaned and sanitized intermittently, leaving microorganisms carried by airborne particles and contaminating surfaces a source of cross contamination.
While you may think that the highest risk of infection at a restaurant is as a result of eating contaminated food, there are far more reasons to view restaurants as a high risk environment for cross contamination of infections.
Bacteria and viruses may be carried by food, inanimate objects, such as utensils, food processing equipment, towels and containers, or by any person who enters that environment, such as servers, managers, delivery personnel and patrons. Most obviously, eating and drinking requires one to not only remove masks, but promotes the transfer of saliva from a potentially infected person, through the chain of the entire restaurant.
During the recent COVID pandemic, using technology, researchers showed that in certain cases, restaurants were deemed ‘superspreaders’ of infection, resulting in as much as a 17% increase in infection rate when restaurants were opened for in-person dining when compared to when they offered take out or delivery services only.
Hygiene in the restaurant industry is the most critical step in maintaining a safe environment for all who frequent them, and even one small breach in the hygiene protocol may cause severe and undesirable effects. Addressing both air and surface quality and the standards of decontamination is of the utmost importance.
It has been reported that airplanes are one of the safest ways to travel right now! Not because of the machines themselves, but because of the way they filter their air and maintain the quality of the air a passenger breathes in while in the environment within the cabin. Most of the newer airplanes are fitted with high tech air filters, which ensure that air from the cabin is filtered, and clean air is then pumped into the cabin, mixed with fresh air.
Other methods of everyday transportation may learn a thing or two from airplanes, especially since busses and trains are the most frequently used means of transport. With a high volume of people using public transport every day, the risk of cross contamination of infection is steep. Both airborne and surface particles may pose a threat to the health of commuters every time they enter these public spaces.
One study done in Central London, for example, determined that 95% of high touch surfaces were positive for the bacteria. Infection with Staphylococcus aureus, for example, is a well-known cause of respiratory tract infections.
The Food Production Industry sees a particularly interesting challenge in that there is a high risk of cross contamination of food borne illness such as E. coli, salmonella and listeria, for example, should strict hygiene practices not be adhered to, or where contaminated food enters the space.
Additionally, microorganisms present in the food production industry may not necessarily be harmful to humans or animals, however, may reduce the shelf-life of foods should they remain uncontrolled.
There are numerous ways that cannabis may be contaminated, posing a threat of infection to users. While tight control measures are in place to grow and harvest marijuana for distribution purposes, there are risks of contaminants such as mold, which develops as a result of fungus.
One particular challenge in the industry is related to powdery mildew which can have an affect on the health, yield and overall quality of the final product.
Many producers require a form of post-processing irradiation (gamma radiation) to mitigate and sterilize the fungal and mold species which can be present on the final product. This process is incredibly expensive and has a negative effect on the content of terpenes in the final product, some suggesting between 10% - 40% of the terpenes can be affected by this process.
CASPR is a continuous solution that uses molecular hydrogen peroxide and other oxidative molecules to consistently minimize airborne and surface yeast and mold spores.
CASPR uses a natural photocatalytic technology that mimics our atmospheric conversion of H20 and 02 into low levels of H202 (hydrogen peroxide) which are continuously distributed to interact with the air and surfaces facility wide.
The fitness industry and sports training facilities such as gyms, health clubs and dance studios face particularly challenging obstacles in the face of hygiene and infection control. The movement of people through close quarters who share equipment, often without practicing proper hygiene protocols between use increases the risk of transmission of infection and disease.
Cleaning staff are unable to perform continuous cleaning and disinfection practices and may only be able to thoroughly clean the environment once or twice a day.
CASPR Pro offers continuous, true no-touch cleaning, filtration and disinfection technology, through emission of safe yet highly effective hydrogen oxide molecules that neutralize microorganisms such as bacteria, mold, fungi and viruses that may be present in circulation or have settled on surfaces, on contact.
With proven reduction in 99.96% of the microbial burden across multiple industries, the CASPR Pro is by far one of the leading technological devices, changing the way we view and approach cleaning, filtration and disinfection across numerous industries.