Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
Level4 Bio Power Sanitizing System & Formula D2
We understand that you take infection prevention seriously. We have included answers to some of the questions that are commonly asked by professionals in infection control in a variety of industries.
Q: Is Formula D2 Effective?
A: Formula D2 sanitizing solution is more effective than 70% alcohol because it is 58.6% alcohol plus a four-chain quaternary ammonium compound that provides residual killing power. Alcohol is the most widely acceptable and proven sanitizer and the quaternary ammonium compounds increase the effectiveness over alcohol alone. Better still, it is safe for humans, metals, plastics and the environment—even on sensitive medical equipment, machinery and fine electronics. There are many clinical studies to verify the antimicrobial effectiveness of alcohol and quat compounds. We have EPA approved test data for all pathogens listed on our label.
Q: What types of Pathogens is Formula D2 effective against?
A: Formula D2 is EPA registered as effective against HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis B, MRSA, Listeria, Pseudomonas Aeruginosa, Salmonella, E-coli, Tuberculosis, and Norovirus. In accordance with federal law, we may make these claims about Formula D2 because we have paid independent laboratories to test Formula D2 for each specific pathogen, and the test results have been reviewed and approved by the EPA. There are many pathogens that our company has not tested and submitted to the EPA, however, that does not mean these pathogens are invulnerable to alcohol and quat solutions.
Q: How does alcohol kill pathogens?
A: Alcohol is a natural antiseptic that has been used in the medical field for over 100 years because it kills pathogens in seconds, without requiring water or post application rinsing or wiping, and it evaporates quickly. Alcohol mixed with water kills bacteria and viruses by dissolving proteins and disrupting normal cell activity.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the use of alcohol or alcohol based products in hospitals, home, work, and schools to stop the spread of pathogens. For more information about the CDC’s recommendations, please visit their Web site: www.cdc.gov.
Q: What kind of PPE do Level4 Bio technicians wear?
A: No special PPE is required when we use the SS-20 Sanitizing System, although technicians typically wear safety glasses and gloves. The technicians may wear additional PPE in environments where the pathogen exposure levels may be extreme in order to protect themselves from pathogens themselves, however, they do not need such PPE for protection from the D2 formula itself. If a technician has to be confined in an airtight area to perform the service, a special O2 sensor will be worn to confirm that sufficient oxygen is available to sustain normal breathing during the service.
Q: Where can I use Formula D2 sanitizing solution?
A: The Formula D2 sanitizing solution used in the SS-20 Sanitizing System is suitable for any type of operating theater, ambulance or emergency vehicle, healthcare and hospital waiting areas, cafeterias, schools, gyms, locker rooms, aircraft, cruise ships, food processing plants, hotels and spas, computer workstations or any place where pathogens are transmitted in hard to reach areas, or in areas where public traffic volumes are high. The use of alcohol provides an effective, non-corrosive, environmentally friendly alternative to bleach and other toxic and corrosive chemicals that carry health risks of their own.
Q: How long does a tank of liquid CO2 or a quart of Formula D2 last?
A: The SS-20 Sanitizing System allows the operator to adjust the ‘wetness’ of the application. Some surfaces require more or less solution based on the environment requirements. That said, an SS-20 Sanitizing System used with the applicator trigger held wide open would use one CO2 tank and six to eight quarts of Formula D2 in 1 ½ hours time and cover approximately 3000 square feet.
Another advantage of Formula D2 is the efficient use of sanitizing solution. Atomization creates a mist that reaches pathogens in areas that are impossible to reach with traditional spraying and wiping methods, while also using less sanitizing solution per square foot than hand sprayed chemicals. The solution is premixed, so waste is avoided and the correct concentration is assured. Formula D2 is also chemically stable and simple for our technicians to apply, so the risks of onsite chemical management and mixing—including human errors in the concentration amounts in mixing scenarios—is completely avoided.
Q: What amount of contact time is required for Formula D2 to be effective?
A: Contact time is relevant to infection prevention only to the extent where it defines the duration of time needed to kill a specific pathogen. Hand sprayed chemicals make claims of short contact time because they leave wet surfaces that must be dried by hand wiping. The contact time of chemicals that must be wiped means someone is waiting for the chemical to finish working before they can do the second drying step. This additional waiting time and wiping effort is known as waste. How much wasted time and effort does your current product require?
A key advantage of Formula D2 is it’s no-wiping formula. The operator does not have to wait at the location to wipe, they can move on to sanitize other surfaces. Most surfaces are dry in 5 minutes, only an invisible layer of quaternary ammonium compound remains to kill pathogens. No residue remains.
The elimination of wiping reduces labor, but most importantly, ELIMINATING WIPING ELIMINATES THE SPREAD OF PATHOGENS. If more contact time is needed, a heavier spray of Formula D2 may be applied and the contact time is extended.
Q: I use a bleach or hydrogen peroxide or phenol or modified phenol product. Why should I switch to Level4 Bio and their Formula D2 sanitizing solution?
A: Bleach, also known as chlorine bleach or sodium hypochlorite (NaOCl) is a powerful oxidizing chemical that when mixed with water, forms chlorine radicals that aggressively oxidize other substances. This makes sodium hypochlorite a powerful disinfectant. Aside from the economical purification of drinking water, sodium hypochlorite can be substituted in most commercial processes. The key advantage of sodium hypochlorite is its low purchase price. In application, sodium hypochlorite corrodes plastics and metals, decreasing the useful life of these materials.
Chlorine is a respiratory irritant. It also attacks mucus membranes and burns the skin. As little as 3.5 ppm can be detected as an odor, and 1000 ppm is likely to be fatal after a few deep breaths. Exposure to chlorine should not exceed 0.5 ppm (8-hour time-weighted average – 40 hour week). Another hazard is the formation of dangerous chlorine gas when bleach comes into contact with ammonia. This can happen when it is accidentally mixed into a container with ammonia in it.
Sodium hypochlorite must be mixed daily to be effective, as the radicals by nature are not stable and lose their effectiveness over time. Unused sodium hypochlorite and used bleach waste water is dumped into your plumbing system and ultimately our water supply.
Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2) is useful against spores like anthrax. When H2O2 is mixed with water, it forms oxygen radicals and has disinfecting ability. In concentrated amounts it is corrosive. It has a short effective shelf life and degrades rapidly in the presence of light.
Oxidizing chemicals are effective against spores if properly mixed and applied. Users should consider if spores are a primary target pathogen before resorting to the use of oxidizing chemicals.
In contrast, FORMULA D2 is safe for food contact surfaces. FORMULA D2 is non-corrosive to metals and plastics. Persons sprayed inadvertently on the skin or clothing with a significant spray of FORMULA D2 may experience a mild cooling effect. FORMULA D2 is safe for children’s toys and athletic equipment. FORMULA D2 vapor is safe up to 400 PPM and is premixed so there’s no guesswork or math involved. The price of FORMULA D2 is competitive with the unnecessarily toxic products currently available, and FORMULA D2 can be used safely on a wider spectrum of surfaces and materials than other products.
Q: I use ECOLAB OASIS™, Caltech DISPATCH™, Clorox™ Bleach, Vital Oxide [or other chemicals]… Why should I use Level4 Bio with Formula D2 instead?
A: Why use Level4 Bio and our FORMULA D2:
- FORMULA D2 can be used in a wide variety of environments, eliminating the need to have dozens of chemicals in inventory and removing the risk and hassle of chemical management (or mis-management)
- FORMULA D2 does not damage skin or mucous membranes.
- FORMULA D2 can be sprayed directly on electronics, keyboards, and metals without corrosion.
- FORMULA D2 is premixed so the concentration is correct.
- FORMULA D2 does not have to be wiped up, and it dries quickly without residue.
- FORMULA D2 is nonflammable when used with the SS-20 Sanitizing System.
- FORMULA D2 is safe for food contact surfaces and doesn’t require rinsing.
- FORMULA D2 can reach small areas.
- FORMULA D2 can reach high and low surfaces without stooping or ladders.
- FORMULA D2 contains 58.6% alcohol, a known and proven sanitizing agent used for over 100 years.
If the products you are currently using could be applied on the surfaces and places where you can use FORMULA D2 – would you still have any infection control challenges?
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