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OptiSolve Focuses on 3Ds of Cleaning

Print Article Contributed by BSM Staff

ONTARIO, CA -- Building managers, especially in healthcare, education, and the foodservice industry, are learning quite a bit about hidden pathogens as a result of new imaging technologies now available in North America.

Essentially, these systems create a map, indicating where pathogens are located on a surface and in what amounts. With this knowledge, what has evolved is the "3Ds" of cleaning to help prevent the spread of infection.

Brad Evans, CEO of Optisolve, which provides its clients with imaging services, says "the 3Ds refer to the three key challenges building managers must address to help ensure building users stay healthy."

Detection: The first step in keeping building users healthy is finding where health-risking pathogens are located. "This means going beyond just testing the point of a light switch or a faucet handle; we must investigate the entire area around these touchable items, looking for pathogens."

Disinfection: Once located, these surfaces must be cleaned first, then disinfected. "As with ATP monitors, imaging technologies cannot determine what pathogens are present. As a result, 'broad range' or 'broad spectrum' disinfectants that kill a variety of pathogens should always be used."

Discussion: If pathogens are located on one window ledge, for instance, in a school classroom, this information must be discussed and shared with school administrators and all cleaning professionals in the facility.

Evans says this third D is very important.

"Unfortunately, when imaging technologies point out a potentially contaminated surface, administrators and cleaning professionals often believe the problem is confined to that specific area.  In many cases, however, if one specific area is contaminated, we find the same problem in similar areas throughout the facility."

A Canadian-based company, OptiSolve provides a vulnerability assessment service using proprietary surface imaging technology. The system produces high quality images to proactively reveal where pathogens remain before and after cleaning, providing visual results as well as evidence-based recommendations to assist with proactive prevention and training.

More information is available at https://optisolve.net.





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