Some kitchens are more inclined to produce food grease that becomes airborne and lands on your largest horizontal surface - your floors. Not much that you can do in the food production stage, except to tread lightly, to avoid an accident.
Some kitchens are more inclined to produce food grease that becomes airborne and lands on your largest horizontal surface - your floors. Not much that you can do in the food production stage, except to tread lightly, to avoid an accident.
Minimal risk insecticide products are the preferred choice of building engineers, school districts and health care operators. To date there are a full line of items to eliminate pests, such as: bed bugs, lice, ant and cockroaches.
Facility maintenance managers recognize the value of these preferable non-toxic treatments. The reasons are obvious: no need to hire expensive exterminators, safety to staff and environment and the knowledge that these products work!
Toxic products, currently in use, rely on neurotransmitter chemicals, to cause death by attacking the insect's nervous system. That why they are considered so dangerous for persons and animals nearby. Additionally, the insects invariably become resistant to this type of system. So, different toxins are interchanged to achieve results. More poisons...
Minimal risk pest control products cause mortality to insects by breaking down the insect's exoskeleton, thus causing death by dehydration. These products are non-toxic to mammals and won't harm the environment. -Ingredients which qualify for the 25(b) exemption in the EPA Pesticide Regulations are considered G.R.A.S (Generally Regarded as Safe). They can be used as needed without the concern for certifications, special training, or mandatory notifications.
In a study published in Journal of Medical Entomology, 98% of the head lice in 42 states are now resistant to products using neurotransmitter chemicals.
The newest offering from Chemex, is DEEP SIX Lice Treatment Spray, which is a FDA regulated, product that eliminates adult lice, nymphs and eggs on the body. It comes with a nit comb and is odorless when dry.
We now have several offerings for minimal risk pest control: Lights Out for Bedbugs, Prowler Lice Killer and more...
For additional information, pricing, etc. - please contact us
The Answer to Free-Flowing Condensate Drain Lines
Why is this Protocol Necessary?
The most obvious reason is leaking water that flows from areas beneath the cold food storage areas; both frozen food and cool: e.g. ice cream, dairy & eggs.
Aside from wet flooring that is unappealing to shoppers, its also a likely slip and fall hazard. – That can result in hundreds of thousand dollars, per incident. As we continue this discussion, you’ll realize that the wet floor is not comprised of potable water. In fact, the liquid mess most likely harbors pathogenic microorganisms.
More problems – More potential lawsuits.
How does the biofilm form in supermarket display cases?
In food retail, the problem of biofilm starts within the food display chillers. - Airborne microbes land on the coil where the process begins its expensive lifespan.
The microbial mass finds an ideal breeding environment, and if it were practical, it could be arrested here. Cleaning and disinfecting of the coil would kill the microbes before they form biofilm. Unfortunately, this intensive process would need to be carried out daily, to be effective. In food retailing this is just not practical. The reality is that keeping the coil clean is not operationally practical.
How do bacteria form in the Condensate Drain Pan?
As the coil transfers heat, moisture drips off the fins down to a collector or drip pan, where it is drained away as condensate wastewater. It is here that the bacteria secrete a polysaccharide jelly, rapidly growing and multiplying in days. The jelly/mass is very resilient, resisting penetration of cleaning agents including many antimicrobial agents.
As the jelly builds, usually where the waste water becomes static, or slow moving on its route through the case plumbing and drains, it blocks the drain line, causing the display case to hold water and then leak.
The leaking water contains many pathogenic organisms, including Legionella, E-coli and listeria.
The system's fan will propel these pathogenic organisms into the building, in the form of tiny droplets (aerosolized), causing serious medical issues.
The water level in the blocked display case can also reach the fan motors and destroy them, causing additional costly damage and down-time.
Ancillary damage to the case and components (corrosion), reduces the lifespan of the display case and its efficiency.
Food loss is of course, another casualty.
If We Keep our Cold Food Merchandising Coolers Sanitary, why is there a problem?
The typical refrigeration unit operates between 33-38 degrees F. The unit will usually have a bottom mounted compressor. Typical construction is white anodized aluminum, with a stainless steel floor.
There a two (2) completely different families of bacteria: pathogenic bacteria, the kind that cause food borne illness and spoilage bacteria, the kind of bacteria that cause food to deteriorate and develop unpleasant odors, taste and textures.
Bacteria and Spoilage
Pathogenic bacteria can grow rapidly in the “danger zone”, the temperature range between 40 F. and 140 F. However, they do not generally affect the taste, smell or appearance of a food. In other words, one cannot tell that a pathogen is present.
Power outages, when temperatures will increase, can be a cause of food spoilage.
Any contamination can and will form on the coil.
Damage to Your Cooler
The seams and areas of the frame of the display units can be compromised by pressure washing, as well as with contact with alkaline and acidic substances. Any areas effected will allow the entry, or access for the foodstuff to enter the underbelly of the cooling system. Yes, leakage from tomatoes, orange juice and many foods are potentially corrosive to your refrigeration systems.
Is the regular operation of the Cooling System, an area of concern?
All air handling systems, including supermarket refrigeration displays, can contribute to the growth and spread of disease-causing agents.
The primary reason is the condensate drain pan, that’s intended to allow the transport of water, to the drain.
Finally an ANSWER to this Problem!
Look no further than Scum Away, to help solve the ongoing problem related to airborne illness (mold/mildew), clogged condensate drains, water overflow & water soaked floors.
Avoid Overflows onto your foot- traffic areas
Remove the odors in and around the display cases
Most local newspapers publish restaurant closures on a weekly basis. Health permits are suspended for major violations. Food service venues must remain closed until inspectors have determined that problems have been fixed. Most often crawling insects, including cockroaches and silverfish are the primary cause of these closures. We know that these pests often arrive to food plants and restaurants, along with regular supplies of grains, rice and other provisions. Additionally, insect eggs are often embedded in sacks and corrugated fibers, along with the deliveries. These newborn hatch within days of arrival.
Rodent infestations and sewage overflows, rank next in violations, according to health inspectors.
Along with the hitchhiking vermin, its been substantiated that the greater influence is the drain lines, in food processing areas. Municipal workers can attest that they find massive amounts of roaches and other insects when opening sewers and lift stations, for their regular inspections. As they diligently treat their sewers with insecticides and such, the roaches move to friendlier territory, near food sources and dry drain lines.
So, the floor drain becomes the logical entry for these critters. Despite the water traps that are in place, when newly installed, these "U-traps" are often dried out and do not impede these insects. Additionally, the condensate that forms on the drain lines serve as a delicious welcome to these thirsty crawlers.
Your drain lines in food prep areas collect grease, fats and other food debris that coat the drain lines and minimize the diameter of the piping. Not only does that invite drain backups but it serves as a buffet for the insects.
We wouldn't be discussing the problems you already know about, if we were not going to provide some resolution, to this disgusting and unsanitary challenge.
Successful drain line maintenance typically involves more than a one part solution. Fortunately, there's a practical and manageable resolution. We'll outline our three-step solution that we've been very successful with.
We specialize with working with food plants and pharmaceutical manufacturers. If you have questions, you can call us directly. We love to answer your questions, related to maintaining your facility.
Athletic Facilities and the Clorox Total 360 System
People who visit athletic facilities should improve their health, not get sick.
Learn why the Clorox Total 360 System is a game-changer, in terms of healthcare - protecting athletic facilities.
Illness causing pathogens can live on surfaces throughout your facility and many surfaces are difficult to cover completely. Many irregular surfaces are also difficult to disinfect. Studies have shown that over 50% of athletic trainers have experienced cases of MRSA, that resulted in hospitalization.
The CDC (Center for Disease Control) reports that more Americans die from Staph or MRSA each year than from AIDs or HIV. Also according to the CDC, the top sports attributed to MRSA infections are wrestling, football, and rugby. MRSA, Staph, and other skin infections are rampant in high school and college sports due to the amount of skin to skin contact between athletes, as well as the exchange of bodily fluids. In a sport like wrestling, skin to skin contact is unavoidable and there is little way of knowing whether your competition has a skin infection or is carrying a bacteria or virus. Regardless, wrestlers leave a lot on the mat, including bodily fluids which can also transmit MRSA or Staph long after the match is over.
Some professional athletes that have contracted MRSA are listed:
Daniel Fells (New York Giants),Lawrence Tynes (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), Brandon Noble (Washington Redskins), Kellen Winslow, Peyton Manning, Drew Goodon, Mike Gansey, Sammy Sosa, Paul Pierce, Kenyon Martin, Alex Rios, Braylon Edwards and Grant Hill. Some of these high profile players had this career ending infection.
Maryn McKenna outlines many of these stories of the outbreak of MRSA in her excellent book "Superbug"..
Areas of greatest concern include: Hydrotherapy tubs, massage tables, contact with weight-training equipment surfaces, towels, used bandages.
Watch out for emerging HFMD.
Hand foot and mouth disease is an infection with the coxsackievirus A16. The coxsackievirus belongs to a group of viruses called nonpolio enteroviruses. There have been recent cases of outbreaks of hand foot and mouth disease in Southern California high schools, as well as at the Cambridge campus of Harvard University in September 2017. In the case in October 2017 in Orange County, California, football games were canceled and the athletic departments were thoroughly disinfected.
Just last year Florida State University was hit with 22 cases of HFMD.
Why are we having such difficulty controlling pathogens in athletic facilities, classrooms and training centers?
In order to thoroughly provide a safe healthy environment, disinfecting practices must be in place. Not only are the correct products necessary but also the understanding of the precise procedures to apply these disinfectants. Few people consult the efficacy pages that are available with disinfectant products. How can you know if you're using the exact product, as required for your application? Chemex offers this training!
As noted above, utilizing mop & bucket, sprayers, misters, etc. offer limited coverage of disinfecting capability. Your disinfectant must be able to have contact with the various surfaces for the correct amount of time, as listed on produt labels.
The Clorox Total 360 System with proven electrostatic technology is a game changer.
The revolutionary Clorox Total 360 System is an electrostatic sprayer paired with Clorox trusted solutions. It provides superior coverage through proven electrostatic technology and delivers Clorox disinfectants and sanitizers onto hard-to-reach surfaces. The Clorox Total 360 System helps keep your facility healthier while also saving you time, money and labor.
Keep safe, avoid fires and eruptions, in your production areas.
Our industrial operations utilize electric motors, generators, bearings, water meters and much more, in the typical plant. Its highly recommended to maintain this equipment, as part of your maintenance protocol.
Using a solvent cleaner is the only method to remove petroleum oils, tar and wax from these surfaces. The majority of these solvents are considered safe on all metals and insulation. Using products in the naphtha, kerosene or diesel family have typically been in use for these operations. The major problem, of course is that they are highly flammable as well as other pose other environmental and health concerns.
The product of choice is a non-flammable, non-conductive degreaser high purity solvent. This product allows the maintenance engineer the ability to clean the equipment, while in operation. There is NO flashpoint. Additionally, it dries quickly with no residue.
Our product contains no soaps, no synthetics, no fillers, no alkalies or acids.
Please view our Technical Report for additional data and the many applications for KWIK DRI, Non-Flammable Safety Solvent.
Once again, it's non-conductive - 29,000 volt dielectric and non-flammable. It dries quickly and leaves no residue. Can be used on electric motors, generators or other electrical equipment while they are operating.It's safe on all metals. Aluminum, brass and copper-plated parts are not adversely affected.
KWIK DRI Is VOC compliant in ALL states.
As long as the earth revolves around the sun, we're going to have weather patterns. It simply takes just two air masses to come together to form clouds, precipitation and even tornadoes.
No doubt these patterns are becoming more dire. As I create this missive, Hurricane Harvey is devastating Texas. The National Weather Service tweeted today, "the effects associated with Tropical Storm Harvey are "unprecedented" and "unknown and beyond anything experienced".
All geographical regions, have their rainy seasons and it falls upon the maintenance managers and building managers to secure the integrity of their roofs, in advance of rainfall and storms. Yet, with the best of intentions, blip happens. We often see shingles that have been blown off roofs, after high winds. Shingles act as a protection to the roof surface and the loss of shingles will cause structural deterioration to the roof. In addition, the plywood structure will absorb moisture and begin to cause wood rot, algae, mold and other forms of damage. All of these result in water leaking into your business. As luck would have it, the leak is usually noticed, in the bosses office.
That's why having a supply of an an emergency roof patch material, makes sense...
The mainstay in our product line is our Rapid Seal Emergency Roof Patch. The ingredients are a granular clay substance (silica and sodium bontonite) that swells exponentially from its original size, to allow the granular to seek out the leak and form a temporary patch. (The granular flows along with the water until its restricted by the area causing the leak.) This obstructs the water flow into the area of the leakage. Rapid Seal Emergency Roof Patch is considered a temporary patch. Once dry the material will shrink to its original size, although it does has the capability to bulge again when becoming wet on several subsequent occasions.
Its highly recommended to repair the leak as soon as possible. Finding the leak becomes much easier, as you can easily locate the area where the granular has traveled to, in order to create the patch.
Remember, when you see water trickling into your facility, simply pour Rapid Seal EMERGENCY ROOF PATCH onto your roof, in the general area where the leak is found. Rapid Seal will follow the flow of rain water as it seeps through the leak. As it reacts with water, it will begin to swell and seal the leak. No messy pastes or tools are required to apply this patching material.
If you're finding us for the first time - Welcome!
Chemex, your specialty chemical company of choice, offers many training seminars for our customer base. Topics range from industrial coatings, drain maintenance and related concerns relevant to maintenance managers and building engineers.
I've been getting requests for information on how to remove layers of rust on various surfaces, without the impact of creating hazardous waste, associated with typical rust removers. This is quite typical in manufacturing concerns, especially where work is performed outdoors.
Fortunately, there's an easy resolution to this problem. Its accomplished with a rust converter. This is not a new product, however its been perfected recently and with exceptional results. Rust forms when the iron in steel oxidizes and becomes iron oxide. -Remember rust never sleeps. The rust converter product easily converts the iron oxide to ferric oxide, a substance that stops the rust and forms a stable metal primer. This conversion results in a protective chemical barrier that is highly resistant to moisture and protects the surface from further corrosion.
Rust converter is usually applied to objects which are difficult to sand blast, such as vehicles, trailers, fences, iron railings, sheet metal, and the outside of storage tanks. It may also be used to restore and preserve iron-based items of historical importance.
This one-step process provides a surface coating that is a smooth and ready for wear. A top coat if desired, will result in a uniform color, extended wear and also provide additional protection. Rust Converter is a ready to use product that's applied by brush, roller or spray gun. One gallon will cover up to 500 sq. ft. Excellent for use in marine environments.
Chemex has been very successful using our Rust Converter on gates and railings that surround community swimming pools. The chlorine fumes react with the railing, especially at the weld joints, to form the rust. The resulting black coating typically blends with most black railings.
Best practices recommend removing large rust and scale particles with a wire brush, or sandpaper. Then clean the surface thoroughly to remove dirt, dust and grease. Allow the surface to dry properly before treating with Rust Converter. Only treat the rusty areas, not the entire surface. Once the rust converter has cured and a black primer has formed, its suggested to rinse or wipe down the entire area, in order to remove any product that remains on the surface. This is critical when applying a secondary oil-based coating.
Our product is called RC-346 - Rust Converter and is available in quart packaging (12 quarts per case) as well as in gallon containers (4x1) gallons per case) and 5-gallon pails.
Also available in aerosol can (12 per case)
Sanitizing and Disinfecting Irregular Surfaces - Electrostatic technology enables superior coverage
As your specialty chemical company of choice, Chemex knows full well that we live in a world of three dimensions. We constantly interact with objects that have height, width, and depth. These three spatial dimensions pose a problem for custodial crews, when attempting to clean and disinfect/sanitize surfaces. The various shapes of our environment consists of spherical, cylindrical and a multitude of other contours and configurations.
Most facility decision-makers, executive housekeepers and the their custodial staff recognize the merits of microfiber technology, dual mop systems, and such. Keeping a hard surfaced floor area disinfected, while using the auto scrub, should be a snap. It's conventional procedure, when using a mop and bucket, to clean most horizontal or vertical area of a classroom or the OR. Desktops and windowsills don't typically provide problems either. What's challenging is the third dimension.
Why do we hear so much about the occurrences of HAI's.? These incidences are not reducing in numbers! Occurrences of hospital-acquired C.difficile (HA-CDI) are on the rise. Monitoring practices, using ATP units certainly support the necessity to disinfect these areas, as required.
All training programs must stress the dire consequences of attempting to disinfect a surface, that has not been cleaned properly. The removal of soil and contaminants from surfaces must be achieved, prior to removing pathogens from contaminated surfaces.
When we swab a bed rail does the backside provide evidence of microbes? Do the underside of desks, ever get treated, by custodial staff, in the typical school or college? Are there touch points on gurneys and patient's beds that are not treated because they are so difficult to reach? In athletic facilities, do the shower areas have surface areas left exposed. Costs related to professional athletes, sidelined because of CA MRSA infections are astronomical.
There's new technology from Clorox Healthcare to resolve these critical issues.
Electrostatic technology enables superior coverage of Clorox-trusted solutions in hard-to-reach places — the side, underside and backside of surfaces.
Clorox Total 360 System utilizes Electrostatic Technology, to provide superior coverage compared to conventional disinfecting tools. The revolutionary Clorox®Total 360™System is paired with Clorox®trusted solutions. -It provides superior coverage through its proven electrostatic technology and delivers Clorox®disinfectants and sanitizers onto hard-to-reach surfaces. The Clorox®Total 360™System helps keep your facility healthier while also saving you time, money and labor.
Easily deliver Clorox-approved products to hard-to-reach places.
This new technology from Clorox Healthcare is truly a game changer.
With your investment in the Clorox® Total 360™ System, Clorox Professional will partner with you to help inform internal and external audiences, as well as the broader community, about your facility’s superior cleaning protocols and effort to reduce germs and prevent illnesses.
Time, of course is considered the fourth dimension and the electrostatic process will save up to four times the time and effort necessary.
Please contact us to learn more about the Clorox Total 360 System and our special offer.
During FLU season, situations arise which require an additional effort to assure proper disinfecting.. This is when disinfectants with fogging uses can be effective as an adjunct or supplement to normal cleaning and disinfecting procedures.
Disinfecting products like QuestSpecialty's Phenomenal Disinfectant Deodorants are useful in settings which are at a higher risk of spreading communicable diseases, such as Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). According to webmd.com, the most common areas for MRSA infections are:
Disinfectants with fogging uses are great for getting into hard to reach areas in facilities to provide additional disinfecting power, such as:
Questspecialty's PHENOMENAL Citrus Hospital Disinfectant Deodorant does "double duty", as it can be used as a direct spray disinfectant or as a fogging device. In addition to the disinfecting power on hard surfaces, it works on non-porous surfaces such as fabric and leather to inhibit the growth of certain fungi and control Staphlococcus aureus and Klebsiella pneumoniae.
When fogging, here are some tips for best results:
Here are some of our best options for fogging disinfectants:
Use for odor control and hospital grade disinfecting on hard surfaces
This is a total release aerosol
Please contact us with your questions related to proper applications and procedures for disinfecting