As we are continuing to re-open schools, experiencing high-traffic in hospitals, and returning to work and travel, having a total solution for infection prevention is key. We've been highlighting steps to make a disinfection plan, another part of that plan is planning for what application you will be using. End users are interested in electrostatic sprayers now more than ever before. This method is highly efficient, but since it's still newer technology you may have some questions. There are things to consider when choosing an electrostatic sprayer:
What is the charging technology?
When deciding between different electrostatic sprayers keep in mind if it charges the solution before or after it becomes a droplet. Charging a solution before it becomes a droplet holds a charge better, which means reduced transmission of germs and viruses. Ask your sales representative if the solution is charged in the tank, tip, or both. Charging by the tip doesn't give 100% tip since flow rate is too fast. Look for an electrostatic sprayer that charges a solution before it becomes a droplet and charges in the tank or in the tip and tank rather than just the tip.
What size droplet does your nozzle spray?
Some electrostatic sprayers have 1 nozzle size, and others have multiple sizes. Dwell times can vary depending on the nozzle size, so if you're looking for a quicker dwell time keep this in mind. If the nozzle size is under 40 microns then it's classified as a fogger and extra precautions need to be taken to limit exposure to chemicals and ensure compliance.
Does your sprayer spray with a hydraulic pump or air fan atomization?
Atomization refers to separating something into fine particles. It's the process of breaking a disinfectant solution into small droplets. Hydraulic atomization allows for better control over chemical solutions, air tends to have little control over the solution. What internal components are used inside sprayers is another important factor, and trying to keep your applications as chemical resistant as possible will help to ensure you're disinfecting efficiently.
Take comfort and versatility into consideration
Anything over 90 decibels requires hearing protection, and anything over 30 pounds requires additional support per OSHA requirements. Taking comfort and versatility into consideration helps to reduce the likelihood of injuries on the job, and it allows your custodians to disinfect more time efficiently.
Sprayer systems are available in several designs, such as rolling cart systems, handheld sprayers, and backpack sprayers. Handheld and backpack models offer custodians flexibility but can be heavy when filled with liquid. Some sprayers use battery power to impart a charge on liquids, while others use a cord to draw power from a standard outlet plug. Although cords can pose an additional challenge, they provide consistent power and droplet charging, which results in better system performance. These are all factors to take into consideration when choosing a solution for your team.
Who is leading Infection Prevention in the Jan/San Industry?
It's always a good idea to opt for a solution that has dedicated customer support and a warranty expert team ready to help whenever needed. Ask your Pike Sales Professional about webinars or any other questions when considering an electrostatic sprayer. Responsible manufacturers conduct testing of the entire system (the electrostatic sprayer paired with specific chemistries) to determine what PPE is needed as well as safety precautions to take for bystanders. Be careful of companies that claim you can spray any product with their system, they likely have not done adequate testing to ensure safety with all chemicals for custodians and bystanders.
For more OSHA guidelines when using electrostatic technology click HERE