ATLANTA, Oct. 21 Someone unexpectedly becomes sick in acrowded grocery store. An employee cuts his hand while cleaning equipment in afood processing plant. A child has an accident in a busy play area of afast-food restaurant. Not only are these situations unpleasant, they can alsobe hazardous. Bodily fluids such as vomit, blood, feces, and urine may containviruses, bacteria, or pathogens which could cause harm to exposed individuals.Intense media focus on the recent outbreaks of norovirus, salmonella, and E.coli has resulted in the further scrutiny of cleaning and disinfectionprotocols, particularly in the food industry.
In response to increased concern and awareness about issues such as thehighly contagious norovirus, Chemstar Corporation has developed a newall-in-one kit designed to quickly and safely sanitize an area where a bodilyfluid spill has occurred. Packaged in a one-gallon sealable container, theChemstar Norovirus and Bodily Fluid Clean-Up Kit contains the products andtools necessary for cleaning and disinfecting as well as simple, clearinstructions which guide the user through each step of the process. Everythingis placed back in the biohazard container for proper disposal.
"It's something that no one likes to think about, but it is extremelyimportant to be prepared," said Gregory A. Orman, vice president of retailservices with Chemstar Corporation. "When a bodily fluid spill occurs, youdon't have time to think about which products and supplies are safe or evenappropriate - your main focus is to get it cleaned up quickly. That's whyChemstar created a kit specifically designed for this situation. It's anaffordable and convenient way to ensure that you have everything necessary totake care of the incident immediately."
The kit contains personal protective equipment such as gloves, goggles,shoe covers, and a gown; a scraper; towels; and Chemstar Absorb, a productdesigned to soak up fluid. Also included is Chemstar Envirox Tb, anEPA-registered disinfectant, tuberculocide, virucide, fungicide, bactericide,mildewstat, and cleaner. Chemstar Envirox Tb has a claim against norovirus andmeets OSHA blood-borne pathogen standards for HBV and HIV.
As a safety precaution, all bodily fluid spills should be treated asinfectious, said Orman. "If the fluid is contaminated and employees don't takeproper precautions, they could unintentionally track pathogens back into thefood-handling area. Food contamination could lead to an outbreak, particularlyin cases of noroviruses, which are easily spread."
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 23 millioncases of acute gastroenteritis are due to norovirus infection. Among the 232outbreaks of norovirus illness reported to CDC from July 1997 to June 2000,57% were foodborne.
"Any operation involved in the processing, preparation, or handling offood should have a couple of these kits on hand at all times," said Orman. Inaddition to food-related businesses, he recommends stocking the kits in retailestablishments, schools, public transportation facilities, sports venues, andpublic service offices. "Basically, anywhere people congregate," he said.
About Chemstar Corporation:
For more than 25 years, Chemstar Corporation has been providingcomprehensive food safety, sanitation, and hygiene solutions for companiesworldwide in industries such as retail supermarkets, foodservice, restaurants,hospitality, food processing, and healthcare institutions. For moreinformation on our innovative food safety and sanitation solutions, go towww.chemstarcorp.com .
SOURCE Chemstar Corporation