FAQ’S

Emerging Viral Pathogen Rule Explained USA:

In cases of emerging viral pathogens like SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 disease, when there is no test that can be conducted to validate the efficacy of a disinfectant.  The EPA utilizes Emerging Viral Pathogen Guidance which determines the expected efficacy of a disinfectant against an emerging virus. In order for disinfectant products to be approved under this guidance, they must be an EPA registered Hospital or Broad-Spectrum disinfectant and have proven efficacy against two small, non-enveloped viruses to be eligible for use against emerging enveloped viruses, large, non-enveloped viruses or emerging small, non-enveloped viruses.

Knowing that emerging viral pathogens are an increasing public health concern, all Accelerated Hydrogen Peroxide® (AHP®) products are designed to ensure they are able to inactivate more than two small, non-enveloped viruses ensuring they meet each of the three levels defined in the EPA’s Emerging Viral Pathogen Guidance. In choosing approved Accelerated Hydrogen Peroxide® (AHP®) based products as your daily disinfectant, we want to ensure you have the confidence that you are covered in the event of any emerging viral pathogen outbreak.

Emerging Viral Pathogen Rule Explained Canada:

In cases of emerging viral pathogens like SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 disease, when there is no test that can be conducted to validate the efficacy of a disinfectant against an emerging viral pathogen. Health Canada utilizes the Broad Spectrum Virucide claim which determines the expected efficacy of a disinfectant against an emerging virus. Only products with approved efficacy by Health Canada against one of the following four non-enveloped viruses will be considered acceptable in achieving the Broad-Spectrum Virucide claim; Adenovirus type 5, Bovine Parvovirus, Canine Parvovirus and Poliovirus type 1.

USA: 

Accelerated Hydrogen Peroxide® (AHP®) is approved for use against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 under the EPA Emerging Viral Pathogen guidance.

Canada:

Accelerated Hydrogen Peroxide® products that meet Health Canada’s Broad-spectrum Virucide claim for Emerging Pathogens are approved for use against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

AHP is a patented synergistic blend of commonly used, safe ingredients that when combined with low levels of hydrogen peroxide dramatically increase its germicidal potency and cleaning performance. AHP is composed of Hydrogen Peroxide, Surface Acting Agents (surfactants), wetting agents (a substance that reduces the surface tension of a liquid, causing the liquid to spread across or penetrate more easily the surface of a solid) & chelating agents (a substance that helps to reduce metal content and/or hardness of water). The ingredients are all listed on the EPA and Health Canada Inerts lists and the FDA Generally Regarded as Safe List (GRAS). All chemicals used in the formulation of AHP are commonly found in commercial and industrial cleaners and disinfectants.

Hydrogen Peroxide purchased at a Drug Store is a 3% solution mixed with water. Scientists had worked for many years to find a way to properly mix other ingredients in this water and Hydrogen Peroxide solution and create a commercially viable and effective product.
AHP is a formulation of Hydrogen Peroxide, surfactants and other inert ingredients which results in less active ingredient but better cleaning and faster germicidal performance than Hydrogen Peroxide at 3% with water (At the In-Use dilution of AHP for environmental surfaces the active ingredient is only 0.5%).

AHP is a unique formulation that has the perfect balance between Speed of Germicidal Efficacy, Cleaning Efficacy, Safety for Users and Occupants, and Environmental profile. It is easy to make a strong disinfectant to kill pathogens, however, it is difficult to create one that won’t eat the surfaces it’s put on or harm the user that has to apply it or the environment that has to absorb it. This is the challenge for every chemical manufacturer. AHP has a Broad-Spectrum Sanitizing Claim in 30 seconds (5 Log reduction (99.999%) against Vegetative Bacteria), Bactericidal (6 Log reduction (99.9999%) against Vegetative Bacteria) and General Virucide (3 Log reduction (99.9%) Claims in 1-5 minutes against The Polio Sabin Strain Type 1 Virus). AHP provides exceptional Cleaning Properties even in the presence of dried organics and inorganics due to the oxidizing effect of Hydrogen Peroxide and the synergy of the ingredients in the formula. AHP has an excellent Safety & Environmental Profile for the user and the environment. It is non-irritating to eyes & skin, is free of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), there are no toxic ingredients in the formula and AHP does not leave any residual chemistry on the surface once dried.

Quaternary ammonia compound based products leave residual active ingredient chemistry on surfaces. After years of use there may be a significant amount of build up. Additionally, while cleaning if the solution is not changed frequently you will be re-distributing the dirt & organic matter back on to the surface. AHP because of its superior cleaning properties starts to strip away the layers of dirt & residual chemistry that have been left on the surface. With years of use they may be several layers to remove in order to get back down to the base material. The odour & film you are experiencing is caused by this new layer of organic material that is being exposed to air. It may take between 5 and 10 days of AHP use before the odour & film will disappear.

Information found on a MSDS always errs on the side of caution as we cannot speculate on the size of a spill. Any quantity of 5 Gallon or less (of a ready to use product or a concentrate product diluted as per disposal guidelines) can be disposed of directly into a sewer system and does not require additional precautionary steps during disposal. Any quantity of concentrated products less than 5 kg should not generally be disposed directly into sanitary sewer system, unless the product is diluted first. Alternatively the product can be hauled to an off-site waste management facility (no site or waste registration is required). These exemptions should allow for any use of product at an institutional level such as disposal of a product after cleaning or small amount of unused-expired product or any small spill. In the case of say an accident where a full drum or a tractor trailer filled with concentrated AHP bottles was to spill its entire shipment then additional Leak and Spill Procedures would have to be implemented.

A reason for creating a scent-free product is to avoid the masking of odours. In most cases, the smell of a cleaner and disinfectant has the effect of masking the odour of the chemical and ultimately the odour in the room or facility. Clean really has no smell. It is the absence of smell due to the absence of any odour causing materials. When you clean and disinfect with AHP there isn’t a scent to mask the cleanliness. Your room or facility will eventually just smell clean.

Addition of scents which very often contain Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s) to cleaning and disinfectants is also one of the leading causes of fragrance sensitivity and negative affects to indoor air quality. By creating a product that is scent free there are fewer negative reactions by end users, fewer complaints by occupants of the facility using AHP and therefore, from a Occupational Health & Safety standpoint a better product to use.

Hydrogen Peroxide is an oxidizing agent, meaning it will oxidize and destroy certain compounds. Typically, the scents used in most cleaners fall into this group. It would be difficult to find a scent that would stay stable in the solution.

AHP can be used on all surface types if label instructions are followed. Surfaces that are composed of brass or copper or other non-ferrous metals may show signs of discoloration or pitting with use.

The method of use will depend on the area being cleaned and disinfected. Larger surfaces such as operating room floors would require a larger sized bucket and a mop. Large hand contact surfaces such as table tops, large counter tops and work areas, large sinks etc. would require the pouring of the solution on to a clean cloth and wiping. Though not the preferred method, users may spray large surfaces using a spray bottle, let sit for the appropriate contact time and then wipe dry in case the solution has come in contact with non-compatible materials. Spraying can cause overspray on to areas you do not want the solution to be. Spraying also aerosolizes the solution. This is not in itself dangerous but can cause discomfort in sensitive individuals that are breathing in chemicals all day. Small hand contact surfaces such as light switches, IV poles, bed rails, stethoscopes, haemodialysis machines, small workstations etc. require a wipe application only. The preferred method is through the use of a small AHP pre-moistened wipe for convenience (quick and easy), safety (no aerosolizing), cleaning (easy access to tight areas) and excellent sanitizing performance. It always good practice to periodically complete a clean water rinse to remove any surfactant left on the surface.

Yes, AHP products are effective for cleaning blood and body fluids. Excess blood and fluid must be removed with an absorbent material. The surface should then be cleaned using AHP by applying the solution and allowing a 30 second contact time to elapse. The surface should then be wiped dry. To disinfect the surface, AHP should be applied a second time, allowing the surface to remain wet for 5 minutes. Once the 5 minute contact time has passed the surface should be wiped dry or rinsed. All disinfectant products have a specific contact time by which their claims have been established. Failing to follow the Use Instructions and maintaining the proper contact time can mean that the surface in question has not been disinfected.

Yes, AHP is effective against HIV. AHP has been proven in 3rd party research to be effective against Polio Virus Type 1, Sabin Strain (ATCC VR-192) which allows for a General Virucide claim against enveloped & non-enveloped viruses. Additionally, AHP has been tested against its ability to kill HIV.

Scabies is generally spread from close human contact such as hand shakes as well as from infected laundry. Frequent handwashing (good hand hygiene practices) is probably the best prevention of transmission.
Our chemistry has not been tested against parasites such as scabies. However, even if tested, we believe that it would take a large concentration of our active ingredient (Hydrogen Peroxide) to successfully kill and therefore is not recommended.

CLEANING is the physical removal of inorganic and organic material. Cleaning can also physically remove microorganisms. It is accomplished with water, detergents, and mechanical action. 

 

SANITIZING is actually an approved scientific claim (tested in an accredited microbiology lab) that indicates the product lowers the number of bacterial pathogens on surfaces or objects to a safe level. A product that states to be a Sanitizer does not mean it is effective against viruses. 

 

DISINFECTING is the inactivation (killing) of disease-producing pathogens on surfaces and devices.  

Surface Must Be Wet to Disinfect. All disinfectants have a specific contact time on the label that must be followed. The contact time is the amount of the time the surface must remain wet for disinfection to be achieved. Contact times can range anywhere from 30 seconds to 10 minutes (longer contact times means you may have to re-apply the product more than once due to evaporation) You must always read the product label before use. 

Not at all. In the United States and Canada, you’ll find more than 8,000 registered disinfectant products for sale, and there are several variations between them. Among the six most common chemistries used for disinfection you’ll find vast differences in the spectrum of what pathogens they can kill, what the contact times are, what the personal safety levels of the product are, whether pre-cleaning is required as well as the personal protection needed for safe and proper usage. 

No. Products that make this claim leave behind active residues, however the surface needs to be wet for those active residues to continue to disinfect. These products leave behind residues because they don’t readily degrade, but rather build up in the environment. OPTIM 33TB does not leave behind any active residues.  

At this point scientists are not sure if we can spread the virus if we don’t have signs of a cough or fever. Anyone with a cough (and there are a lot of other viruses around that can give you a cough) or runny nose, needs to cover their cough with a tissue, or cough into their sleeve, and then sanitize your hands. Everyone must wash their hands or use hand sanitizer after blowing their nose…even if it is allergies that are making them have a runny, or stuffy nose. 

Good hand hygiene is the cornerstone of staying healthy. Everyone must either wash their hands with soap and water (if they are visibly dirty) or use hand sanitizer (if the hands look clean) before touching their face, before eating, after coughing, sneezing or blowing their nose, before entering a shared space such as a lunchroom or breakroom and at the start and end of a shift. If using soap, lather for 20 seconds before rinsing off the soap. If using hand sanitizer, your hands should remain wet for at least 20 seconds, while rubbing the sanitizer on all aspects of your hands. 

All surfaces should be cleaned and disinfected frequently every day. This would include doorknobs and push or panic bars on exit or fire doors, light switches, scanners, lunchroom tables, bathrooms, workstation surfaces, keyboards, telephones, cell phones…any surface that might be touched by multiple people. Also surfaces frequently touched in break rooms or eating areas, such as coffee pot handles, refrigerator handles, etc. If you wear work gloves during your shift, it is still recommended to wash or sanitize your hands after removing those gloves before touching your “T” zone.