Q: How do ByoPlanet’s electrostatic sprayers work?
A: ByoPlanet’s electrostatic sprayers work by induction charging. ByoPlanet’s latest generation sprayer produces small, electrically charged droplets that literally seek out and “wrap around” germ infested areas. The droplets penetrate deep into the designated target and kill the harshest pathogens in hard to reach areas for complete protection. The mist quickly evaporates and leaves behind the protective solution. It treats all surface areas that other methods miss.
Q: Why is electrostatic spraying superior to trigger or pump spraying?
A: Electrostatic droplets tend to repel and not overlap one another. This results in significantly less product usage compared to traditional housekeeping methods, and it provides superior coverage. Being able to reach and penetrate 100% of the surface area provides a much more thorough disinfection treatment without the threat of cross-contamination.
Q: Why is GTC Solutions’® process superior to existing disinfectant protocols?
A: GTC Solutions’® process provides a state-of-the-art disinfection service that is second to none. It improves the surface and overall air quality by eliminating the spread of invisible, health-threatening germs, viruses, molds and mildew. The science behind electrostatic coverage allows the disinfectant to seek out surface areas, penetrating into cracks and crevices where normal housekeeping efforts miss. GTC Solutions® reduces your environmental footprint and eliminates cross-contamination.
Q: How can adding GTC Solutions’® process to your existing cleaning protocols increase your bottom line?
A: Although there are many different ways to generate cost savings through cleaning well, the GTC Solutions® process and improved environmental health can have a direct impact on the following areas:
· Absenteeism Reduction
· Improved Productivity
· Increased Customer Satisfaction
· Asset Preservation
· Energy & Labor Savings
· Reduction in Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs)
Due to the high efficiency of the electrostatic application, less product is used, and more area is covered in less time. This saves on chemical outlay, shipping, receiving, storage and shrinkage. The product line was created to be safer for people. When used properly, an increase of labor productivity and cleanliness is the outcome, because there are no harsh or toxic chemicals.
Q: Why do I need GTC Solutions®?
A: Kimberly Clark conducted a study showing that poor cleaning manifests itself in numerous, corrective service requests. Cleaning service failures impose costs on both the customer and service provider. Studies show that reducing the number of surfaces contaminated with viruses can reduce absenteeism by as much as 46%.
Q: What are the advantages of using electrostatic sprayers to disperse GTC Solutions’® approved disinfectants?
A: The advantage of using ByoPlanet’s electrostatic sprayers to disperse GTC Solutions’® disinfectants is obvious. It is the quickest way to disinfect, and it delivers a 100% total coverage of all surface areas, including sensitive equipment and hidden surfaces. It completely covers all objects, walls, floors and ceilings in just a matter of minutes.
Q: What kind of businesses can benefit from GTC Solutions’® process?
A: All businesses can benefit from GTC Solutions’® process. All businesses need people to make them work. Where there are people, there are germs. The benefits are significant, because healthy people provide better service, are not absent often, and increase productivity.
Q: How dirty is your office environment?
A: Research teams found that the listed percentage of office surfaces tested positive for high levels of contamination (an ATP count of 300 of higher). These areas included:
· 75% of break room sink faucet handles
· 48% of microwave door handles
· 27% of keyboards
· 26% of refrigerator door handles
· 23% of water fountain buttons
· 21% of vending machine buttons
Using electrostatic technology with dependable disinfectants is the only way to “wrap around” and protect these high-traffic areas without the threat of cross-contamination.
Q: What is the cost of illness related absenteeism?
A: Absenteeism is a substantial cost to businesses that can be reduced through proper cleaning practices. A survey conducted by Mercer/Marsh stated that “the disruption in the labor supply affects productivity, even with replacement staff”. This leads to lost sales, late delivery of goods/supplies, customer dissatisfaction, and loss of revenue. Respondents to the survey reported that unplanned absences caused a 54% decrease in productivity/output and a 39% drop in sales/customer service. GTC Solutions’® electrostatic process can improve overall air and surface quality which will reduce the risk of coming in contact with the germs, bacteria, and viruses that cause workers to become sick.
Q: How does GTC Solutions® support sustainability?
A: With the increased focus on sustainability and public health protection, progressive firms are adopting a more holistic approach to cleaning. They have learned that cleaning impacts a wide array of business functions, and a relatively small incremental investment in electrostatic technology can produce significant gain for their organizations.
Q: How does the GTC Solutions® process support labor savings?
A: When GTC Solutions® applies their hospital-grade solutions with electrostatic technology, the area is completely covered with extraordinary bonding that completely disinfects and sanitizes in a short amount of time at less cost. This saves this customer money and creates a safer, healthier environment.
Q: What is the ES-120™ Electrostatic Sprayer?
A: The ES-120™ is a durable and highly reliable electrostatic sprayer. It is equipped with the most advanced electrostatic technology currently offered on the market today. It can be utilized with the ByoPlanet BP-500™ backpack or CS-900™ canister unit.
• High impact resistant plastic – durable
• Tamper proof design
• Simple and highly reliable
• Minimal maintenance
• Easily transfers between mobile 500 and 900 units
• Trigger lock allows for continuous spray
• LED light illuminates during charge – assures functionality
• Precision spray head, factory tuned
• Moisture sealed battery compartment
• Battery conservation feature using highest mAh lithium battery cells
Q: Are there any serviceable sections of the sprayer sections of the ES-120™ Sprayer?
A: The only serviceable parts of the sprayer are the battery, the liquid filter, the quick connects, and the nozzle cover which can be removed and cleaned. Please see our complete product manual for additional details.
Q: How often do I need to change the battery in the ES-120™ Sprayer?
A: The ByoPlanet Li-Ion battery pack can last between 50-70 hours, depending on application.
Q: What is the BP-500™ Series Backpack?
A: The BP-500™ system was engineered to make it much easier for the mobile user. It is lightweight, durable, highly mobile, and incredibly effective for electrostatic delivery and sanitization. This unit is ideal for disinfecting, decontamination, mold remediation, and odor removal. It is currently being used by health clubs, car dealerships, airlines, and for residential applications.
• Hose length 6 ft.
• Weight full 30 lbs.
• Tank holds 2,360ml (.63 Gal)
• Flow rate 118ml/min (3.72 oz. /min)
• Droplet size 30-50 microns
• Spray range 6 – 10 ft.
• Run time/tank 22 minutes (Continuous)
• Coverage per min. 500 sq. ft.*
• Coverage per tank 11,250 sq. ft.*
*Based on lab conditions. Actual may vary.
Q: What is the fill level on the CS-900™ Tank?
A: The fill level can be easily identified by the “Max Fill Level” decal attached to the tank. It is important to make sure that the tank is not over-filled. The fill level should stay below 4” from the top of the tank, well below the air inlet tube. If the level is too high, there is an opportunity for liquid to be drawn into the inlet tube. This would cause damage to the pressure regulator.
Q: Do you have to release the pressure in the CS-900™ Tank after every use?
A: You do NOT have to release the pressure in the tank after every use. The latest generation CS-900™ units automatically release the pressure after a few minutes.
Q: What is proper liquid maintenance?
A: Ideally, the ES-120™ system should be rinsed and all liquid evacuated after each use. It should then be removed, inspected for contaminants, and rinsed with water. This will help prevent any residue build up on the filter.
Q: How do I know the electrostatics are working? How do I know I am not simply fogging?
A: There is a green indicator light on your unit. This light will illuminate when the unit is spraying and when your batteries are carrying a sufficient charge. It also lets you know that the droplets leaving the gun are electrostatically charged. The light will only illuminate once air is flowing through the sprayer.
Q: Do I need to perform any maintenance on the compressor?
A: You should NOT try to perform any maintenance on the equipment. Only a ByoPlanet trained technician should perform services on internal components.
Q: What do I do if product is spilled on the backpack while filling the tank?
A: If spilled product gets on the backpack, you should use proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), clean the tank and all wet surfaces as best as possible, and dispose of all towels/rags appropriately.
Q: What products can I spray through the sprayer?
A: All products should be preapproved through ByoPlanet prior to being used in the electrostatic sprayer, or you may risk nullifying the product warranty.
Q: What is the difference between a cleaner and a disinfectant?
A: Cleaners are not registered with the EPA and cannot make public health claims on their label such as killing germs. They also may not claim to have any anti-microbial action.
Q: What is the difference between cleaning, disinfection, and sterilization?
A: There is a huge difference among these terms.
Cleaning refers to the removal of visible soil and organic material (i.e. dirt, body fluids) from objects by washing/scrubbing with water and detergents/soaps and rinsing with water. Thorough cleaning is needed before disinfection or sterilization, because organic material can decrease the effectiveness of those processes. A detergent is a cleaning agent that does not claim to kill microorganisms.
Disinfection refers to the process of removing many or all microorganisms (not including bacterial spores) that can cause disease. The three levels of disinfection (high, intermediate, and low) depend on how many organisms are removed. A disinfectant is a chemical or a physical agent, such as ultraviolent radiation, that kills microorganisms with the exception of bacterial spores.
Sterilization refers to the complete elimination of all forms of microbial life including bacterial spores. Objects can be sterilized by physical processes or by using certain chemicals.
Q. What is a Hospital Grade Disinfectant?
A. As part of the Environmental Protection Agency registration process, disinfectant products are put through rigorous testing to prove their efficacy and measure toxicity. The EPA registers three types of disinfectants: Limited, General, and Hospital. All three disinfectants destroy or irreversibly inactivate certain microorganisms on hard, inanimate surfaces and objects. You can determine a limited, general, or hospital disinfectant by the microorganisms listed on the label.
Limited must be supported by efficacy testing against either Salmonella cholerasuis or Staphylococcus aureus. Limited disinfectants are found mostly in the household.
General must be supported by efficacy testing against both Salmonella cholerasuis and Staphylococcus aureus. General disinfectants are used in commercial areas.
Hospital must be supported by AOAC Use Dilution or AOAC Germicidal Spray efficacy testing against Staphylococcus aureus, Salmonella cholerasuis, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. The bacteria Pseudomonas aeruginosa hides behind biofilm and is difficult to eliminate. Killing this bacteria is required for a disinfectant to be considered a “Hospital-Grade Disinfectant”.
As part of this evaluation process, products are assigned to a toxicity category. The categories range from category 1 (highly toxic) to category 4 (no exposure warnings required on the label). GTC Solutions’® products receive an EPA category 4 rating for all exposure routes with the exception of mild eye irritation.
Q: What does “no rinse required on food contact surfaces” mean?
A: “No rinse required on food contact surfaces” is a safety rating given by NSF International (previously the National Sanitation Foundation). The NSF testing guidelines are a continuation of the USDA product approval and listing program, including the FDA 21. GTC Solutions’® disinfectants are rated “no rinse required on food contact surfaces” category D2. This means that they are approved for use in commercial and residential kitchens in order to control bacteria, viruses, and mold without the need to wash/rinse the area with water after the product has been applied.
Q: Can I clean and disinfect at the same time?
A: In some cases, you can clean and disinfect at the same time, but this depends on how dirty the surfaces are. The dirtier the surface is, the less effective the disinfectant will be. Disinfectants need to contact the area to disinfect it. This cannot be done effectively if there is a barrier of dirt or grime in the way. Once the dirt has been wiped away, the disinfectant can get to work. Under lightly soiled conditions, you can clean and disinfect in the one step. (NOTE: EPA requires all disinfectants to carry the following label directions: “For heavily soiled areas, a pre-cleaning step is required”.)
Q: How long does it take for the disinfectant to come in contact with the surface?
A: Contact time refers to the amount of time needed for the chemical to come in contact with the microorganism so that a significant number of organisms is killed. The contact time will vary depending on which solution is being used. Many solutions have a contact time of 10 minutes. Therefore, that the surface being treated should stay wet after cleaning and disinfecting for up to 10 minutes.
Q: What kind of solutions will clog the spray nozzle?
A: Solutions with a higher viscosity (liquid’s resistance to flow) could potentially clog the small spray orifices. This is especially true of the solutions that need to be agitated to lower their viscosity. All solutions should be preapproved through ByoPlanet prior to being used in the electrostatic sprayer. Otherwise, you may risk nullifying the product’s warranty.
Q: What is a “green” disinfectant?
A: USEPA is currently reviewing the way third parties will be able to carry “green” claims on all disinfectant labels. EPA policy does not allow “green” claims to be placed directly on any disinfectant’s label. Although GTC Solutions’® disinfectants are mild on skin, hard surfaces, and fabric, we cannot advertise this claim until it is permitted by the EPA.
Q: What does the “environment” or “environmental surface” mean relating to the healthcare and residential settings?
A: The environment refers to the person’s surroundings. References to “cleaning the environment” refer to cleaning and disinfecting objects that are a part of our everyday lives. This also includes housekeeping surfaces and medical equipment. It is particularly important to focus on cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched items or “high-traffic” areas. Using electrostatic application is the most comprehensive way to reach 100% of the surface area without the risk of cross-contamination.
Q: How do I protect myself while cleaning or disinfecting?
A: An employee might need to wear special clothing or equipment to achieve protection while cleaning and disinfecting. This specialized clothing and equipment is called personal protective equipment (PPE). PPE protects the employee from microorganisms and solutions that may enter the body through the lungs, skin, eyes, nose, or mouth. The exact PPE needed for cleaning and disinfecting depends on the microorganisms, the solutions being used, and the length of exposure to these agents. PPE can include gloves, gowns, masks, and eye protection. At a minimum, protective gloves are usually recommended.
Q: How do I contact my local sales representative?
15 West 10th Street, Columbus, GA. 31901