CLEANING MUST ALWAYS PRECEDE DISINFECTION
“Disinfection is a temporary operation that allows microorganisms to be killed or eliminated and/or unwanted viruses carried by contaminated inert matrices to be inactivated, depending on the targets set. The result of this operation is limited to the microorganisms present at the time when the operation takes place.” (AFNOR NF T 72-101).
In order for a professional product to disinfect fully, it must be applied strictly according to the manufacturer’s instructions. These should be clear, precise and unambiguous with regard to the product’s performance, i.e.:
✓ Correct concentration and compliance with dosage
✓ Sufficient contact time
✓ Correct temperature
✓ Verification of the pathogenic targets (bacteria, fungi, mycobacteria or virus)
✓ Non-hard water
✓ Do not mix with any other products than water
A GOOD DISINFECTANT MUST BE
✓ Effective and act on the most common microorganisms in our environment (bacteria, yeasts, fungi, mycobacteria, naked and enveloped viruses.)
✓ Fast-acting in a realistic amount of time
✓ Non-toxic to the user, the environment and biodegradable
✓ Non-corrosive to the user or the material
✓ Non-irritating to protect the user
✓ 100% reliable for uncompromising disinfection
✓ Long stability for a long shelf life
Evaluating a disinfectant involves laboratory tests
PHASE 1: These are clean conditions, the evaluation is artificial and not very representative (EN 1040, EN 1275).
PHASE 2 step 1: Conditions are made more difficult by the presence of dirt; the conditions are theoretical and the disinfecting performance remains at an intermediate level (EN 1276, EN 1650, EN 13727, EN 13624, EN 14348, EN 14476).
PHASE 2 step 2: Simulation of the practical conditions of use (in dry, dirty conditions); this validation is at a high level (EN 13697, EN 14561, EN 14562, EN 14563).
All the products in the UMONIUM38 range (biocides and medical devices) must pass PHASE 2 step 2 without fail in order to guarantee disinfection of all pathogens, even under conditions of interference.