Even before the advent of COVID-19, there were always products available for the disinfecting of commercial, industrial and other premises. Previous experiences with infectious outbreaks such as SARS and MERS laid the groundwork for globally focused companies to improve disinfection technology. Since the COVID-19 pandemic there has been a proliferation of products targeted at preventing the transmission of the virus.
These products vary greatly in their composition, active materials, claims, methods of application and suitability for purpose. Some of these still use technologies that are older and less suitable to the modern requirements of improved efficacy, regulatory compliance, safety, compatibility and versatility.
A new class of nitrogen-based disinfectant actives o er distinct advantages over older quaternary (such as benzalkonium chloride), hypochlorite and oxygen-based technologies. An example of this is Netbiokem DSAM manufactured by Callington. An Australian-owned and operated company, Callington is a specialty chemical manufacturer that has been operating globally for over 50 years in the aviation, biosecurity and other industries. Its next generation disinfectants have been used by airlines across the world and are suitable for all transport, commercial, industrial, institutional, health services, military and essential services industries.
Callington’s Netbiokem DSAM commercial-grade disinfectant has recently been approved by the TGA to make the claim ‘Kills the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) virus in two minutes’ (ARTG no. 336972). The product is based on the active laurylamine dipropylenediamine and was originally developed for aviation use. The use of this advanced surface disinfectant allows the product to be active against an incredibly wide range of organisms, including bacteria, fungi, mycobacteria, yeasts, moulds and all types of viruses, including killing the COVID-19 virus in only two minutes. It achieves these results in both wipe on/wipe o liquid and cold fogging applications.
With many disinfectants it is necessary to pre-clean surfaces to remove organic and inorganic materials. However, Netbiokem DSAM has been proven to be effective in so-called ‘dirty conditions’, meaning that the product can be used as a single-step, two-in-one cleaner and disinfectant. And yet, the formulation is mild enough to pass all aviation material standards for Boeing and Airbus aircrafts and is used by the world’s leading airlines. Once a surface is treated with Netbiokem DSAM, it will remain free from viruses until it is exposed to further contamination. Once contaminationoccurs, Netbiokem DSAM should be reapplied immediately.
Pest managers should be aware of any products making residual efficacy claims, as they may offer insufficient protection. Efficacy test methods for residual activity are not regulated and may not be validated scientifically.
Especially in these times where frequent disinfection is required to keep our population safe, we must work from all angles to achieve this with reasonable costs and maximum e ectiveness in mind. Optimising work procedures and application methods is an important part of the puzzle, and so is the choice of disinfectants. It is time for the industry to shift to disinfectants based on modern formulations and actives.
Netbiokem DSAM comes in 20 L and 5 L pack sizes as well as a 500 ml trigger spray bottle. It is available to the pest control industry exclusively from Agserv.
This article appeared in the Jun/Jul 2020 Edition of Professional Pest Manager Magazine