THE WRONG KIND OF COMPANIES TO HIRE FOR COVID-19 CLEANING & DISINFECTION SERVICES

Submitted by Protechs on July 8, 2020

HIRING THE WRONG KIND OF COMPANIES FOR COVID19 CLEANING AND DISINFECTION SERVICES

 

Several of the wrong kind of companies recently decided to add coronavirus cleaning, sterilization, disinfecting or decontamination to the services they provide.  Pest Control, Carpet Cleaning, and Janitorial Companies started receiving calls about “fogging” and “deep cleaning” and saw dollar signs so they equipped their uncertified staff with a pump-up sprayer and some disinfectant and started offering these services without having proper certifications, insurance, training or experience in infectious disease decontamination?  Unfortunately, most of these companies do not even realize the risk, and the businesses hiring these kinds of companies for this service likely don’t either.

With the SARS-CoV-2 virus causing respiratory illness, serious complications, and even death for some people, the stakes become extremely high for both companies involved with these transactions.  While younger people and healthy individuals of all ages may experience only mild symptoms, the older population and all ages of people with underlying health conditions are more susceptible and tend to experience more severe symptoms. COVID-19 is a dangerous virus that should be taken seriously because it could kill you or cause long-term health effects.

We have all been trained that safety never takes a day off, safety is paramount, but in this new coronavirus era, we must all take extra precautions to stay safe and healthy. We all have an obligation to act in the best interests of our staff, our families, and our communities. Since your company is dependent on your workforce, you understand the importance of maintaining a safe and healthy workplace and how that impacts production. Protecting your place of business against infectious diseases involves expertise and certain qualifications and if that is beyond your current training then hiring a professional, certified, and qualified decontamination company is critical.

Hiring the wrong company could be detrimental to your organization.  We all know how important it is to have proper insurance for your business but with the exception of a few broad nonstandard policies, most standard policies for commercial property and business interruption do not provide coverage for infectious diseases. Most standard policies have a specific exclusion of losses due to viruses or bacteria and your agent, broker, or carrier can confirm if this is applicable to your business.

When faced with virus contamination having a certified team with experience in providing safe, efficient, and effective decontamination of infectious diseases is critical. You want a Professional Company that understands compliance, has a culture centered around safety that will be discreet and transparent while upholding a high level of integrity throughout the transaction. For the resiliency of your organization, when faced with this invisible threat, we know as COVID-19 it is important to choose the decontamination company you partner with wisely.  

Call us today to speak with one of our Certified Decontamination Specialists to hear why PROTECHS is the right choice when choosing a company to clean and disinfect your facility. 260-471-3165 

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STERAMIST DEPLOYED TO FIGHT SARS CoV-2 CORONAVIRUS IN THE UNITED STATES

Submitted by Protechs on March 17, 2020

STERAMIST DEPLOYED TO FIGHT SARS CoV-2 CORONAVIRUS IN THE UNITED STATES

Mar. 16, 2020, 09:30 AM

TOMI Environmental Solutions, Inc.® (“TOMI”) (OTCQB:TOMZ), is a global company specializing in disinfection and decontamination, utilizing its premier Binary Ionization Technology (BIT) platform through its SteraMist products - a hydrogen peroxide-based mist and fog composed of ionized Hydrogen Peroxide (iHP). TOMI Service Network (TSN) and BIT solution sales have rapidly increased across the United States in an effort to combat SARS CoV-2 coronavirus.

The TSN division is a network comprised of independent service professionals across the United States and Canada. As businesses ready themselves with action plans for potential SARS CoV-2 coronavirus exposure, TOMI has seen a steadily increasing stream of SteraMist inquiries. Many established companies are joining the TSN to add SteraMist to their service offerings to assist in combatting the spread of SARS CoV-2 coronavirus. At the end of 2019, the TSN division had license agreements with over 100 service providers and this has substantially increased, allowing SteraMist disinfection to be made available throughout the country.

Along with the increase in providers, BIT solution sales have dramatically increased due to the amount of service jobs that TSN providers and international service partners are conducting including the treatment of schools, residential and commercial buildings, rapid transit, airplanes and other transportation methods along with many other areas.

TOMI is also experiencing a significant surge in corporate service quote requests. In the past week alone, TOMI has begun providing decontamination quotes for many multinational corporations across a wide range of industries, including mass transportation, commercial and residential property management, electronics/semiconductor manufacturing, and hospitality, among others. Through TOMI’s iHP Service (Corporate Division) and TSN providers, TOMI is preparing contingency pricing quotes for these requests. The iHP Service (Corporate Division) is mobilizing this week to perform the first of these emergency interventions and expects a steady flow of these requests for the foreseeable future.

TOMI’s CEO, Dr. Halden Shane, states, “As the TOMI Service Network grows domestically and internationally, we are able to expand our reach and bring SteraMist to our local communities. SARS CoV-2 coronavirus is spreading at a rapid rate and we, as a country, need to be prepared and respond quickly. SteraMist can inactivate enveloped viruses including SARS CoV-2 coronavirus. We are ready to keep up with the increased demand of sales for both equipment and solution and will continue to meet that demand through this first wave and any additional waves we may have moving forward.”

TOMI™ Environmental Solutions, Inc.: Innovating for a safer world®

TOMI™ Environmental Solutions, Inc. is a global decontamination and infection prevention company, providing environmental solutions for indoor surface disinfection through the manufacturing, sales and licensing of its premier Binary Ionization Technology® (BIT™) platform. Invented under a defense grant in association with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) of the U.S. Department of Defense, BIT™ solution utilizes a low percentage Hydrogen Peroxide as its only active ingredient to produce a fog of  ionized Hydrogen Peroxide (iHP™). Represented by the SteraMist® brand of products, iHP™ produces a germ-killing aerosol that works like a visual non-caustic gas.

TOMI products are designed to service a broad spectrum of commercial structures, including, but not limited to, hospitals and medical facilities, cruise ships, office buildings, hotel and motel rooms, schools, restaurants, meat and produce processing facilities, military barracks, police and fire departments, and athletic facilities. TOMI products and services have also been used in single-family homes and multi-unit residences.

TOMI develops training programs and application protocols for its clients and is a member in good standing with The American Biological Safety Association, The American Association of Tissue Banks, Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, America Seed Trade Association, and The Restoration Industry Association.

For additional information, please visit https://protechsinc.com/steramist/ or contact us at protechs@protechsinc.com

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SteraMist™ The ‘Virus’ Technology That Kills Coronavirus Plus Lots of Other Pathogens 

Submitted by Protechs on March 16, 2020

SteraMist™ The 'Virus' Technology That Kills Coronavirus Plus Lots of Other Pathogens 

TOMI Environmental Solutions product, SteraMist product kills pathogens—safely and effectively. Not just the CORONAVIRUS: but also Ebola, MERS, C. diff spores, sepsis, norovirus, anthrax, Staphylococcus, MRSA, Legionnaire's and Zika. The kill list also includes food borne illness such as E. coli and salmonella and it's the world's safest natural sanitizer. We are a STERAMIST provider to Northeast Indiana and partnered with TOMI Environmental Solutions to rapidly deploy and aid in reducing the spread of Coronavirus.

Simple. Safe. Effective. Fast.

Tomi's lead product, SteraMist, is a propriety two-step process that aerosolizes and activates a 7.8% hydrogen peroxide solution, along with a "secret sauce," producing a fine aqueous mist. You probably have a bottle of hydrogen peroxide (H₂O₂) in your medicine cabinet; it's the world's safest natural sanitizer.

SteraMist's hydrogen peroxide concentration produces a highly effective, germ-killing aerosol. SteraMist is unique in that the mist—more like a fog—"atomizes" the liquid and quickly covers hard to reach surfaces, with the same velocity and characteristics of a gas. This works faster and with less saturation than ordinary sprays.

(Source: Tomi)

Speed and portability are primary advantages: SteraMist can clean a room in minutes. The SteraMist hospital "terminal clean" protocol is 55 minutes. Competitive products, we believe, are generally far more caustic or take up to eight hours. All are superior to bleach hand scrubbing.

SteraMist is proven to kill all known bacteria, spores and inactivate all known viruses on surface by a "six log" or 99.9999% reduction, the highest standard.

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Healthcare Infection Control: Protection begins with SteraMist™ Enhanced Disinfection

Submitted by Protechs on March 9, 2020

Healthcare Infection Control: Protection begins with SteraMist™ Enhanced Disinfection

Hospitals and all HealthCare facilities across the world are continuously searching for better ways to limit the spread of infections and improve their disinfection terminal cleans. Patients and healthcare workers can encounter a variety of infectious diseases that are easily spread throughout the facility from all surfaces including those hard to clean contaminated equipment and high touch surfaces.

Over the past several decades, a significant shift to achieve lower infection rates in healthcare delivery from the acute, inpatient hospital setting to a variety of outpatient and community-based settings has occurred. Outpatient care is provided in hospital-based outpatient clinics, non-hospital-based clinics and physician offices, ambulatory surgical centers, and many other specialized settings. More than three-quarters of all operations in the United States are performed in settings outside the hospital. These environments are unique, from a single patient room to an operating theatre to a rehabilitation center to emergency vehicle services.

The conditions aboard ambulances may significantly contribute to the spread of infectious bacteria, viruses and mold. As the first line of defense, ambulances transport injured or sick patients who may be infection carriers or may have weakened immune systems. Some products for wiping, spraying and fogging are limited because of missed areas or excessive wetness during the treatment process with agents in ambulances and other areas of a hospital.  An ambulance, and many other specialized settings, are specifically listed Hospital-HealthCare use sites in TOMI’s BIT registration. Don’t leave your facility’s emergency vehicles and transports open to that risk and contact TOMI today!

SteraMist powered by Binary Ionization Technology (BIT) provides fast acting biological kill and inactivation of harmful microorganisms, including those hard to kill MDRO's such as  C.diff spores, MRSA, and the inactivation of Norovirus and influenza flu virus. (Please refer to EPA Reg. 90150-2).

Join some of the world’s most distinguished hospitals and healthcare facilities by contacting PROTECHS now at 260-471-3165 for a recommended custom evaluation and protocol for your facility. In addition, learn more about how your Environmental Cleaning Staff can integrate SteraMist BIT into your current terminal clean protocol or to schedule a TOMI iHP disinfection service in your hospital or healthcare facility. 

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PREPARE FOR CORONA-VIRUS DISEASE – HEALTHCARE FACILITIES

Submitted by Protechs on March 6, 2020
 
Coronavirus
 
The true impact of a COVID-19 outbreak in a U.S. community cannot be predicted. However, all healthcare facilities can take steps now to prepare for such an outbreak and protect both their patients and staff.
 
BE PREPARED
  • Stay informed about the local COVID-19 situation. Know where to turn for reliable, up-to-date information in your local community. Monitor the CDC COVID-19 website and your state and local health department for the latest information.
  • Develop, or review, your facility’s emergency plan. A COVID-19 outbreak in your community could lead to staff absenteeism. Prepare alternative staffing plans to ensure as many of your facility’s staff are available as possible.
  • Establish relationships with key healthcare and public health partners in your community. Make sure you know about healthcare and public health emergency planning and response activities in your community. Learn about plans to manage patients, accept transfers, and share supplies. Review any memoranda of understanding (MOUs) with affiliates, your healthcare coalition, and other partners to provide support or assistance during emergencies.
  • Create an emergency contact list. Develop and continuously update emergency contact lists for key partners and ensure the lists are accessible in key locations in your facility. For example, know how to reach your local or state health department in an emergency.

COMMUNICATE WITH STAFF AND PATIENTS
  • Communicate about COVID-19 with your staff. Share information about what is currently known about COVID-19, the potential for surge, and your facility’s preparedness plans.
  • Communicate about COVID-19 with your patients. Provide updates about changes to your policies regarding appointments, providing non-urgent patient care by telephone, and visitors. Consider using your facility’s website or social media pages to share updates.

PROTECT YOUR WORKFORCE
  • Screen patients and visitors for symptoms of acute respiratory illness (e.g., fever, cough, difficulty breathing) before entering your healthcare facility. Keep up to date on the recommendations for preventing spread of COVID-19 on CDC’s website.
  • Ensure proper use of personal protection equipment (PPE). Healthcare personnel who come in close contact with confirmed or possible patients with COVID-19 should wear the appropriate personal protective equipment.
  • Conduct an inventory of available PPE. Consider conducting an inventory of available PPE supplies. Explore strategies to optimize PPE supplies.
  • Encourage sick employees to stay home. Personnel who develop respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath) should be instructed not to report to work. Ensure that your sick leave policies are flexible and consistent with public health guidance and that employees are aware of these policies.

PROTECT YOUR PATIENTS
  • Stay up-to-date on the best ways to manage patients with COVID-19.
  • Separate patients with respiratory symptoms so they are not waiting among other patients seeking care. Identify a separate, well-ventilated space that allows waiting patients and visitors to be separated.
  • Consider the strategies to prevent patients who can be cared for at home from coming to your facility potentially exposing themselves or others to germs, like:
    • Using your telephone system to deliver messages to incoming callers about when to seek medical care at your facility, when to seek emergency care, and where to go for information about caring for a person with COVID at home.
    • Adjusting your hours of operation to include telephone triage and follow-up of patients during a community outbreak.
    • Leveraging telemedicine technologies and self-assessment tools 

Posted from CDC: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/healthcare-facilities/steps-to-prepare.html

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What Affect does SteraMist have on Mold?

Submitted by Protechs on August 1, 2018

What Affect does SteraMist have on Mold?

SteraMist does not remove spores – it kills them.


Only those spores it comes in contact with. So if an ATP test is done which counts
spore cells, living or dead, it would not pass it 100% for sure as it kills mold making
it non-active.


The ATP test is a process of rapidly measuring actively growing microorganisms
through detection of adenosine triphosphate, or ATP.

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PROTECHS ACQUIRES EXCLUSIVE INFECTION CONTROL SERVICE TECHNOLOGY

Submitted by Protechs on August 1, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                    

PROTECHS ACQUIRES EXCLUSIVE DISINFECTION TECHNOLOGY OFFERING UNPARALLELED INFECTION CONTROL SERVICES

Ideal for Preventative Maintenance, Controlling Outbreaks, Reducing the Spread of Disease, After Renovations and Repairs, and Disaster Clean-ups.

Ft. Wayne, Indiana, On November 21, 2016 –

Premier commercial and residential property damage and environmental services company, Protechs, announces it has expanded its business model by joining the TOMI™ Service Network (TSN), an exclusive national network of professional remediation companies. By joining TSN, Protechs has acquired a groundbreaking disinfection system, SteraMist™ powered by Binary Ionization Technology® (BIT™), increasing its service offerings.

More effective than simple spray and wipe disinfection methods, SteraMist™ BIT™ offers high capacity disinfection to kill pathogenic bacteria and inactivates viruses, including Clostridium difficile spores, Pseudomonas, MRSA, Staph, Influenza and more. Ideal for schools, medical facilities, gyms, senior living facilities, hotels, and more.

“We are extremely proud to be a TSN provider in the greater Fort Wayne area and confident that our existing and new clients will greatly benefit from our new infection control techniques,” said Greg Smith, President of Protechs. “SteraMist™ BIT™ application does not contaminate the environment with toxic by-products and leaves no residues. SteraMist™ is EPA registered for use as a hospital-healthcare disinfectant and general use disinfectant.”

"We are delighted to welcome Protechs into the rapidly growing TOMI™ Service Network," stated, TSN president, Scott Stamper. " Protechs’ commitment to outstanding customer service, quick response, and outstanding business ethics makes them a perfect fit for the network. We look forward to a long and successful relationship.”

Protechs is the LONGEST SteraMist™ BIT™ service provider in the following Indiana counties: Adams, Allen, Blackford, Cass, DeKalb, Elkhart, Fulton, Grant, Huntington, Jay, Kosciusko, Marshall, Miami, Noble, St. Joseph, Stueben, Wabash, Wells, and Whitley.

For more information on the TOMI™ Service Network and SteraMist™ BIT™, visit www.tomimist.com or www.tomiservicenetwork.com, or call the TSN corporate office at (800) 525-1698. https://tomimist.com/service-support/find-local-tsn-member/protechs-inc/

Contact Protechs directly at 260-471-3165 or visit https://protechsinc.com/steramist/ 

 About TOMI™ Service Network and TOMI™ Environmental Solutions, Inc.

The TOMI™ Service Network (TSN) is the service division of TOMI™ Environmental Solutions. It’s comprised of rapid response technicians that provide innovative solutions for complete room disinfection deploying SteraMist™ BIT™. TOMI™ Environmental Solutions, Inc. is a leading provider of infection prevention and decontamination products and services, providing environmental solutions for indoor and outdoor surface decontamination through the sale of equipment, services and licensing of SteraMist™ BIT™ which is an EPA registered hydrogen peroxide based mist and fog.

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Fort Wayne businesses helping victims of Hurricane Harvey

Submitted by Protechs on August 1, 2018

Fort Wayne businesses, charities helping victims of Hurricane Harvey

By Angelica Robinson 

Published on WANE.com: August 29, 2017, 6:32 pm  Updated: August 29, 2017, 11:18 pm

Fort Wayne, Ind. (WANE) – Northeast Indiana is giving back to the flood victims in Texas. Several local charities and businesses are doing everything they can to provide relief.

A local disaster response company is packing up and heading to Houston to help restore homes and businesses damaged by Hurricane Harvey. Protechs Inc. has done restoration work all over the country, including working in New Orleans for Hurricane Katrina.

The company will send a dozen people to meet up with four other companies from the Midwest who specialize in disaster clean up. They are tasked with dry out 75 million square feet of water in buildings. They have packed more than 100 pieces of equipment are prepared to restore as many as 150 structures.

“It’s not through yet but we want to get down there,” said Joe Clark, who is Operation Manager at Protechs Inc. “Based on what we’re hearing its a horror story.”

Community Harvest Food Bank is working with Feeding America to provide resources to victims. Donations are encouraged in the form of money, food, personal Items, bottled water and cleaning supplies. Donations can be dropped off at the main entrance of Community Harvest Food bank between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. John Wolf, CEO of Community Harvest Foot Bank, said the outpouring of support has been overwhelming.

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“People are concerned,” said Wolf. “That’s the great thing about people in this community. They always help out and help their neighbors. Everyone sees the devastation.”

The Salvation Army is also collecting food and other donations for people in Houston. The organization has a national network of trained disaster staff and volunteers and a fleet of more than 500 mobile feeding units that can be deployed. They plan to send 42 mobile kitchens and two field kitchens to Texas. The kitchens can serve an average of 1,500 meals per day.

Fleet Feet Sports is accepting donations of new or gently-used running shoes and new socks to send to stores in Texas. The donations will then be distributed to organizations that help people in need.

Austin Kemp is a Houston native who attends Indiana Tech. He said the pictures and videos of Hurricane Harvey’s aftermath is devastating. Although he is more than 1,000 miles away, he is working with faculty and students to come up with a way to raise money to help.

Kemp said he’d like to see people in Fort Wayne donate to the J.J. Watt Foundation which has already raised more than a million dollars. Kemp said the outpouring of support keeps him optimistic in the face of tragedy.

“It’s a devastating time for the city of Houston,” he said. “But my community is strong.  We’re going to get through it.”

Some in the area are also making sure victims’ stomachs are full. Employees at Lucille’s BBQ in Fort Wayne hit the road Tuesday with a large smoker. They’ll join dozens of other BBQ joints and partner with Operation BBQ Relief to serve 400,000 meals in the Houston area.

More than 150 volunteers showed up in Bluffton to pack boxes with food that will be shipped to Texas. The Harvest Call Distribution Center there teamed up with Midwest Food Bank and the Salvation Army to send boxes of food to victims. Volunteers packed more than 750 boxes in less than a hour.

 

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Why Bleach Doesn’t Work

Submitted by Protechs on January 12, 2017

Why Bleach Doesn’t Work:

Authored By: Helene Paxton, MS, MT(ASCP),PhD, CIC

Most citations for disinfection of C. diff in the environment states that bleach should be used or compares against bleach. So my question is if bleach is so effective, why does C. diff continue to haunt us and sicken our patients? It is the fastest growing infection in our hospitals. The fact is that there are other chemicals that also work as sporicidals for C. diff as listed on the EPA K list. Other agents do work so why does bleach continue to be the mainstay?

A few reasons:

  1. Bleach is easy to obtain and is
  2. Bleach has been in the healthcare arena for many
  3. The smell is familiar and not viewed as harmful by users, although data would suggest that respiratory problems are common in healthcare

The fact is that bleach is hard on the environment. It oxidizes metals, leaves a white film, has a strong odor, is unstable when diluted and, when used, is rarely left on the surface long enough to be effective. Even when sprayed, bleach misses many spores and allows continued contamination. Bleach does work when used properly, but the pitfalls are many and other methodologies may be superior in their delivery. Data suggests that 7% peroxide is as effective as bleach and does not leave a residue, does not oxidize the metals, is safer to use, and has no smell.

  • TOMI Environmental Solutions SteraMistTM offers a technology that is both effective and safe for

the environment. Importantly, it is a safe for people, as well. Developed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the technology is registered by the EPA as a hospital-healthcare disinfectant and general disinfectant and works against many resistant pathogens including C. diff, MRSA, Pseudomonas, Staphylococcus aureus, etc.

  • The only active ingredient is 7.8% H202 which is ionized to a reactive oxygen species consisting mostly of neutral hydroxyl radicals by passage through an atmospheric cold plasma The by- products of the activated hydrogen peroxide are oxygen and water…Far safer to handle than those left by conventional methods including bleach.

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