An electromagnetic sprayer (EMCS) is a portable device used to quickly and easily remove a wide range of hazardous substances from work or school locations. The device uses a high-energy magnetic field to excite particles in the air to create a dangerous chemical reaction called oxidation. This chemical reaction can break down the bonds of any liquid or gaseous substance. These devices are very useful for a range of occupational healthcare positions including but not limited to sanitation workers, demolition workers, maintenance workers, emergency personnel, pharmaceutical workers, pest control experts, and biohazard personnel.
These devices are made to clean and sanitize work surfaces by emitting low-level electromagnetic waves. These waves are emitted by two hydroxyl disinfection molecules that are held within an electro-hydrogen battery. These cells function as an oxidizer. This oxidation creates a chemical reaction that changes the surface tension of the liquid to make it easier for the water to flow into its holding tank. Prior to using the device must be turned on. Some cleaning solutions may need to be added to the holding solution to achieve the proper cleaning levels.
The cleaning solution used with these devices is extremely effective, but there are other considerations that have to be addressed before EMCS is applied. Every class of surfaces requires a different level of social distancing. For instance, there is a greater level of social distancing required for handling biological hazards in a work space than there is for cleaning mechanical and electrical components. The amount of EMCS needed to clean a particular area depends on the size and type of surface to be cleaned.
Some of the health concerns associated with the use of electromagnetic sprayers include hearing, skin, eye, nose, and throat irritation, and other types of health ailments that can be caused by contact with one’s eyes or mouth. Eye irritation has been known to occur when electronic signals are emitted from a cleaning unit without the appropriate materials in place. In the case of a building or business unit used for food preparation or manufacturing, there is the risk of spreading viruses that can cause various types of food borne illness. Eye irritation can also result if biological hazards such as bacteria or viruses are not properly contained. In a highly contaminated work space, even the smallest of biological hazards can create major health and safety concerns.
In addition, even one of the lowest quality cleaning solutions poses significant risks to employees who may inadvertently come into contact with the spraying device. To address this concern the International Electrically Spray Act has established guidelines for the design and operation of an electrostatic generator. These guidelines require manufacturers to carefully monitor the performance of the devices to ensure the highest level of quality control. Manufacturers are also required to implement measures to prevent employees from coming into contact with the devices. Prohibited materials and locations should be clearly posted at all exits.
An additional consideration for businesses and building owners is the potential for the presence of a finger in an area where an ozone generator is being used. Manufacturers design these products to be very low maintenance and easily maintained. They may be designed to power down for non-operation or to turn off during daylight hours to avoid overpressure created by winds. The manufacturer’s label should provide information regarding the frequency of operation, servicing, and other maintenance information necessary to ensure that the fogger performs properly and does not pose a health risk to occupants of the workspace.
The frequency of operation of a fogger should be based on the size of the unit, the type of particles produced, and the amount of aqueous ozone produced. The effectiveness of the product can be increased by adding a small amount of additional chemical such as potassium bromide. In order to operate efficiently, the mixing of the chemicals should take approximately two minutes. This ensures the correct chemical mixture when the fogger is turned on. When fogging occurs, the fogger should be turned off immediately. Turning the machine off will prevent an excessive amount of aqueous ozone production that could increase damage to surrounding structures.
A high efficiency particulate air cleaner is a cost effective way to reduce the chances of outbreaks of diseases and illness due to contamination of indoor surfaces and increased exposure to toxins and airborne pathogens. These devices can also be used to disinfect surfaces and provide cleanliness in industrial, commercial, and public settings. This type of equipment reduces the spread of viruses, bacteria, and other harmful bacteria found on the surfaces that are disinfected, reducing the risk of serious outbreaks of illness and diseases.