The proper use of sanitizing and disinfecting chemicals is essential for the foodservice and hospitality sectors, especially now due to COVID-19. However, the same products used to protect us can potentially contain chemicals that may be harmful to the environment and to our health.
In fact, in some cases, using these products could trigger significant health consequences such as skin harm, asthma, as well as many other illnesses to the people who apply them and to those who occupy the spaces where they have been applied. So, while it is essential to ensure the efficacy of these products, it is also important to consider products that have the least detrimental effect on the environment as well as on people’s health.
For COVID-19 specifically, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved disinfectants listed on US EPA N List. All products on this list meet the EPA’s criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
Below are Ecolab disinfectants that are on EPA’s list N that are also safer from the perspective of protecting human health and the environment from toxic risks because they contain only antimicrobial ingredients that are not known to cause occupational asthma or cancer.
These surface disinfectants replace chlorine bleach or quaternary ammonium chloride compounds, which have been linked to these adverse human health effects.