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Businesses Must Cease the Dangerous Trend of Hygiene Theater

When COVID-19 first emerged 18 months ago, Americans were willing to use any product with the word “disinfectant” in it, no matter how dangerous the product truly was. Now that the Delta variant is on the rise we must be mindful of what is in the products and stop the trend of “hygiene theater.” Companies need to adopt an efficient, sustainable, and risk conscious approach to their sanitation methods.

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Flex and EMist Quickly Ramp Production

To help meet an exponential increase in demand for its disinfecting products, EMist turned to Flex, a global manufacturing and supply chain leader, to quickly and substantially ramp up production of its EX-7000™ Backpack Disinfectant Sprayer.

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GBAC, a Division of ISSA, has clarified its stance on revised CDC guidelines related to cleaning and disinfecting for SARS-CoV-2.

Guidance says that cleaning for health is most effective at mitigating the spread of illnesses when it is a multi-step approach that involves first cleaning surfaces to remove or reduce soil loads and then disinfecting to kill bacteria, fungi, and inactivate viruses. There is a continuum of risk during the pandemic as new SARS-CoV-2 variants emerge, and beyond it due to the fact that illnesses like influenza, norovirus, and Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) can impact public health. ISSA and GBAC support the use of electrostatic sprayers.

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Updated CDC Guidance: Cleaning Facilities

Updated CDC Guidance: Cleaning Facilities
On Monday, April 5, 2021, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released updated guidelines regarding facility cleaning and disinfection.

The CDC suggests using a disinfectant to ensure that any germs remaining on surfaces after cleaning are killed.

The CDC said facilities should consider cleaning more frequently or disinfect (in addition to cleaning) in shared spaces in situations where:

  • There is high local transmission of COVID.
  • Where there is a low number of people wearing masks.
  • Where people are infrequently practicing good hand hygiene.
  • The facility is used by populations that are at greater risk of severe illness.

Additionally, if a sick person or someone who tested positive for COVID-19 has been in a facility within the past 24 hours, the CDC says that a facility should be both cleaned and disinfected.

According to the EPA, “Electrostatic spraying has drawn increased interest through the public health emergency because of the need to disinfect large indoor spaces (e.g., schools, offices, businesses) or areas with many surfaces. Unlike conventional spraying methods, electrostatic sprayers apply a positive charge to liquid disinfectants as they pass through the nozzle. The positively charged disinfectant is attracted to negatively charged surfaces, which allows for efficient coating of hard nonporous surfaces.”

A list of EPA approved disinfectants that can be applied using electrostatic sprayers can be found here: EPA List N.

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Oracle Park is making changes to keep fans and players safe.

The San Francisco Giants are ready to play for fans again, and are making sure the return to Oracle Park doesn’t come with more COVID-19 spread.

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Lincoln City’s Bijou Theatre using EPIX360™ to Keep Doors Open

Keith and Betsy Altomare have owned Lincoln City’s Bijou Theatre for 25 years. The pandemic was tough but they found creative ways to keep the show going.

This weekend, moviegoers to the Bijou will get free popcorn for the screening of “The Father.” Their safety protocols meet state guidelines — socially distanced seating, hand sanitizer stations and plexiglass counter dividers. 
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Drumright gets four electrostatic disinfectant sprayers through CARES Act reimbursement grant

EMist is helping the airlines get ready for takeoff

This past weekend saw the most airline passengers taking to the skies in a year. But if you haven’t flown in a while, you need to know that a lot has changed. NBC’s Tom Costello reports for TODAY from Reagan National Airport.

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Drumright gets four electrostatic disinfectant sprayers through CARES Act reimbursement grant

Drumright gets four electrostatic disinfectant sprayers through CARES Act reimbursement grant

By Angie Gentry

With the approval of the Drumright City Commissioners and funding through the CARES Act reimbursement grant, the City of Drumright and the Drumright Fire Department were able to purchase four electrostatic disinfectant sprayers and 110 gallons of disinfectant solution.

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$4.6 Billion Healthcare Costs Associated With Infections From Multi-drug Resistant Bacteria

A new study published in Clinical Infectious Diseases, reports estimates of healthcare costs associated with infections due to multidrug-resistant bacteria in the United States. Antimicrobial-resistant infections lead to substantial healthcare costs extrapolated to annual national costs exceeding $4.6 billion.

This is one of the largest studies to estimate the attributable cost associated with 6 high-priority antibiotic-resistant pathogens:

  • Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)
  • Extended-spectrum cephalosporin resistance in Enterobacteriaceae suggestive of extended-spectrum β-lactamase (ESBL) production
  • Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE)
  • Carbapenem-resistant Acinetobacter species (CRAsp)
  • Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE)
  • Multidrug-resistant (MDR) Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

These estimates underscore the importance of efforts to reduce transmission of antibiotic-resistant pathogens in hospitals which could include methods to improve hand hygiene adherence, improved surveillance and patient isolation techniques, or antimicrobial stewardship programs.

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Drumright gets four electrostatic disinfectant sprayers through CARES Act reimbursement grant
EMist EX-7000 TruElectrostatic Disinfectant Sprayer with EPIX Charge Detect Technology

Small Size. Big Performance.

EMist Launches the Future of Electrostatic Sprayer Technology

The EX-7000 is lightweight and ergonomic weighing in at just 14.9 pounds making it one-half lighter than other sprayers. Equipped with intelligent Charge Detect™ Technology, the EX-7000 electrostatic sprayer continuously detects…Read Article Here

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Disinfectant sprayers available to borrow

Two EMist TruElectrostatic™ Sprayers for borrowing are currently stationed at the Callaway County Emergency Operations Center, with a third rolling unit and a handheld unit on the way.

The machines allow a user to rapidly dispense disinfectant through a large area. Kidwell said it took perhaps half an hour to spray the entire Callaway Senior Center, even with no prior experience using the EMist. Read Article Here

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President Trump Returns to White House: Disinfected Using EMist TruElectrostatic Sprayers

High touch surfaces disinfected to ensure healthy environment

To ensure the safety and health of staff and visitors and to reduce the risk of exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19, the White House staff focuses on disinfecting using EMist TruElectrostatic Disinfectant Sprayers. EMist played a pivotal role in disinfection during the 2014 Ebola crisis. Read Article Here


Cleaning and disinfection is vital part of return to business

A facilities provider explains why the right products, cleaning measures and awareness efforts are key to safer campus reopenings. 

Back-to-school season always comes with its fair share of challenges—students are moving in, classrooms are reopening, and the logistics of gathering a college community are complex. 

Here are a few of the most pressing facilities solutions measures leaders in higher education can take amid the…Read Article Here

The Growth of Electrostatic Technology

The Growth of Electrostatic Technology

By ISSA Straight Talk with Jeff Cross.

Traditional spraying applications were up-to-date until the coronavirus hit the world, and virtually overnight innovation has taken over. In this Straight Talk episode, learn how electrostatic technology is becoming standard, especially in larger venues, and how one leading distribution company is embracing change… Read Article Here

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Choosing the right solution to handle increased facility disinfection

During the pandemic as BSCs and in-house service providers adapt to more frequent and comprehensive cleaning services.

Historically, we have focused on the floors at facilities; however, with the pandemic we have seen a surge in the need for the full deep cleaning of facilities with an emphasis on high-touch areas. This has led to an increased demand for electrostatic sprayers, touchless cleaning systems, indoor air quality equipment, and autonomous cleaning equipment.. Read Article Here

Shelborne South Beach

Shelborne South Beach – Reopens: Cleaned with Confidence

The hotel has been closely monitoring the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization’s statements regarding the COVID-19 and is working hard to ensure that all guidelines on hygiene and cleanliness are met, using cutting-edge EMist equipment to clean guestrooms and public areasRead Article Here

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The EnhancedClean Program Ensuring Airports and Airplanes Are Safe Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Abruptly faced with new challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic, ABM brought in its interdisciplinary Expert Advisory Council—comprised of board-certified experts in infectious disease and industrial hygiene—and partnered with outside specialists…Read Article Here

Superintendent Dole Cole demonstrates how custodians will use the mister to make sure every inch of a room is protected.

Electrostatics helping to protect students

Superintendent Dole Cole demonstrates how custodians will use the  [EMist EPIX360 handheld sprayer] to make sure every inch of a room is protected.

When planning for the reopening of school, Clay County schools Superintendent Dale Cole realized that a key element for a successful return…Read Article Here

NYT News Article

How Airplanes Are Cleaned Today

By Mike Arnot, NY Times

Move over, on-time performance. The new key standard for airlines and passengers is: “How clean is it?”

The airlines are busily fine-tuning their cleaning procedures — where they clean, how frequently and with which tools. To get a sense of what’s changed, I recently witnessed the disinfection and cleaning process performed from start to finish onboard a Delta Air Lines jet at Kennedy International Airport in New York.

Unlike with a spray bottle, the (electrostatic) nozzle imparts a positive charge to droplets of disinfectant, each 85 microns in size — roughly the thickness of an average human hair. The electrical charge causes the individual droplets to repel against each other and spread out over a wide area. Simultaneously, the droplets are attracted to negatively (or neutrally) charged nonporous surfaces — such as an airplane seat or side walls.

The charged disinfectant molecules get everywhere that a spray bottle and rag cannot. “It’s a comprehensive coat,” Mr. Robertson said. “Electrostatic spraying simplifies the disinfecting process and mitigates human error. It gives the workers better tools to do their job better and lets the chemical do its job.” Read Article Here

No Bleach and Dirty Rags

The old job of custodians was tidying up. The new one is protecting against a killer through disinfection.

As the coronavirus continues to rage and businesses and workplaces weigh the risks of reopening, janitors have a warning about the current state of cleaning in the United States. Many say they have not been given enough resources to fight the pathogen, or, in a few cases, even hot water to wash their hands. They are often not told if someone has tested positive where they are working, many said in interviews, making it difficult to protect themselves and others.
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District 158 trains with new EMist disinfectant spray system

Huntley School District 158 has purchased EMist TruElectrostatic Disinfectant Sprayers in preparation for the upcoming school year. These sprayers are part of their disinfection plan to keep students and teachers safe as they enter uncharted territory amidst the COVID-19 pandemic…READ MORE

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Vance Air Force Base using EMist TruElectrostatic Disinfectant Sprayers
Even air force bases are taking extra precautions when they are disinfecting. The Vance Air Force Base in Enid, Oklahoma has a specially trained team that is making sure their base is safe for all personnel. Part of their safety plan includes EMist TruElectrostatic Disinfectant sprayers. Custodians are using our backpack unit and two handheld models to disinfect each night. Their training, the EMist guns and the stockpiling of a variety of cleaning and disinfecting products are a result of a preemptive approach by John Woosley, the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation Federal Communications program manager. Read More
Wynn Resort in Las Vegas

Should You Sanitize Your Hotel Room?

Disinfect high touch points, even though housekeeping has done it already.

Hotels are reopening again after months of coronavirus-fueled closures and promising strict cleaning procedures. But here’s what you can do to add an extra layer of safety—and peace of mind. And, even though, housekeeping has disinfected high touch points, do it again. High-touch points include TV remotes, light switches, faucets, and handles. Many hotels have also gotten rid of germ-collecting room amenities, like magazines and throw pillows, and have replaced glasses with single-use plastic cups. In addition to that, many hotels are using electrostatic sprayers that completely sanitize surfaces within a matter of minutes and are leaving a seal on the room so it remains untouched until guests’ arrival. Read more here.

Many hotels around the world, including the Wynn in Las Vegas and the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills use the EMist TruElectrostatic Disinfectant Sprayers for enhanced disinfection measures. Recently, the Wynn was named one of the 12 cleanest hotels according to travel agents.

Clean Hotels

12 Cleanest Hotels, According to Travel Agents

With hotels reopening the disinfection process is becoming more important. EMist is now part of the disinfection plan for the Wynn hotel in Las Vegas, as well as many other leading hotelsREAD MORE
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Hoteliers share technology solutions helping them meet new guest requirements

As the hospitality industry realigns to new guest requirements it begins the process of reopening hotels across the U.S. Now is the time for hotel operators to learn from one another while formulating and sticking to a selection of best practices to ensure guests feel as confident checking in now as they did one year ago
Disinfecting cabins with electrostatic sprayers

United. Cleveland Clinic. EMist. Clorox. Working together for safety.

COVID-19 has changed everyone’s familiar travel routines. So we’ve made important changes too — at every step of your journey — to provide a safer and cleaner travel experience. Watch this short video to learn more about all the efforts taken to increase cleanliness and reduce touchpoints
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Los Angeles And San Diego Schools Announce Online-Only Fall

On Monday, Los Angeles and San Diego public schools announced they will be starting the school year remote-only in August as coronavirus cases rise in Southern CA.… READ MORE
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Special report: Disinfecting local government facilities to combat COVID-19

Facility directors need to think and focus on measures to safeguard occupants from the virus so they can safely reoccupy a building that’s been vacant for a short term, McCrady says. He adds that it is important that directors develop… READ MORE

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Trump EPA Research Studying the Effectiveness of Longer-Lasting Disinfectants

Scientists studying disinfectants to help ensure the safety of mass transit

While the country begins to safely reopen, we understand that mass transit is a concern to the public and our scientists are actively addressing these challenges… READ MORE
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Summer air travel: Masks, a new boarding routine and bagged snacks.

After months of hunkering down at home amid the COVID-19 pandemic, travelers are slowly returning to the skies — some eagerly, some cautiously — and all curious to see how their first flight in months will be different... READ MORE
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A Safe Return to Campus

TCU plans for safe return to campus on Aug. 17. Plans include required face coverings, physical distancing, enhanced cleaning protocols, that include EMist disinfectant sprayers, and more. Additionally, students will be able to choose whether they want to take their classes online or in-person on campus. Follow the link for more details…

Dude ranch to re-open July

Offner said returning guests will be screened for fever with no-contact infrared thermometers at check-in as will employees at the beginning of their shift. Offner added that staff and guests will be required to wear face coverings at the ranch... 
The Shelborne South Beach Announces Enhanced Cleaning Protocols Post Coronavirus Pandemic

Enhanced Cleaning Protocols Post Coronavirus Pandemic

In preparation for its reopening post coronavirus (COVID-19), the Shelborne South Beach is taking steps to ensure the safety of its guests and staff with the launch of their new “cleaned with confidence” seal of assurance… READ ARTICLE

Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills and The Beverly Hilton Introduce Advanced Cleaning and Disinfecting Measures to Ensure Guests Enjoy a Safe Stay

Advanced Cleaning and Disinfecting Measures

The health and safety of [Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills and The Beverly Hilton’s] loyal guests and dedicated team members has always been, and will always be, our number one priority. We are proud to invest in these enhanced disinfection measures across... READ ARTICLE

United Airlines Uses EMist’s Electrostatic Technology

United Airlines is using EMist’s electrostatic technology to keep customers safe and healthy for the future.

We’ll be using an electrostatic sprayer to disinfect air and surfaces within the cabin, starting with international arrivals into our US subs…READ ARTICLE

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Flex and EMist Quickly Ramp Production

Flex and EMist Quickly Ramp Production of Cordless TruElectrostatic™ Disinfectant Sprayers to Address Heightened Consumer Health & Safety Expectations Flex and EMist Quickly Ramp Production of...

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Preventing the spread of germs in Retail

Preventing the Spread of Germs in RetailThe Retail Industry has Changed the way they CleanSince the start of COVID-19 the retail industry has changed the way they clean not only stores, but supply...

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