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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Question

I am looking for some information on the ByoGlobe cleaning system. Also, has there been any feed back from anyone currently using the system?


Answer

No one chose to comment from experience, so Iíll make some general observations.
First, the concept of electrostatic treatment of a disinfecting solution so that it will adhere to surfaces is good since it ensures even coverage and makes the spraying process more effective.
The major problem I see after examining the website is that there is an assumption, not uncommon, that most surfaces host dangerous microorganisms that need elimination. This assumption could lead to a far more extensive use of the spray technique than is truly needed for a safe indoor environment.
One source stated that the disinfecting ingredient used, chlorine dioxide, is a severe respiratory and eye irritant in humans. Even with the stabilized form used, one of the websiteís photos shows the product being applied by a worker wearing PPE. Yet a site video shows application without PPE, as well.
I believe exposure to a fine mist of this disinfectant applied with an electrostatic charge would be a health risk to the unprotected worker and anyone else nearby. Anything that can disrupt cells should be used with caution.
Is there a need for this technology? Probably, but I cannot see it safely used in everyday cleaning and disinfection. I donít believe that the health risks justify the possible IAQ problems that the widespread misting of disinfectant poses.

Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX Editor
lekrafft@juno.com