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Sanitizing your facility is always important for public health and safety. During a pandemic, it is crucially important to understand and adapt to changing guidelines to help keep your employees and customers safe. UL wants to help you understand how to safely use cleaning products when your regular supplies aren’t available.

What alternative methods for sanitization to use when supplies run low?

When approved sanitizers run low, some people turn to chlorine sanitizing agents. Experts recommend using chlorine sanitizing agents, such as unscented bleach, to help clean your business during this time for several reasons.

  • Do not mix cleaning and sanitizing products. Chlorine and ammonia-based products react with each other creating hazardous by-products such as chlorine gas and other inhalation hazards.
  • Read the label and follow the usage directions completely
  • Use the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) recommended on the label, such as wearing gloves or a protective outer garment
  • Ensure the room where the sanitizer is mixed is well ventilated

What are the common pitfalls to avoid when creating alternative solutions?

Unscented bleach can pose severe hazards including death when mixed incorrectly. It is important to understand what issues could occur when using chlorine sanitizing agents. UL recommends doing the following to ensure hazards do not occur:

  •  Do not mix cleaning and sanitizing products. Chlorine and ammonia-based products react with each other creating hazardous by-products such as chlorine gas and other inhalation hazards.
  • Read the label and follow the usage directions completely
  • Use the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) recommended on the label, such as wearing gloves or a protective outer garment
  • Ensure the room where the sanitizer is mixed is well ventilated

UL recommends the following steps for how to use these products safely

FDA Food Codes increased the recommended concentration amounts of normal sanitizing solutions (the normal concentration levels of approved sanitizers as defined by FDA Model Food Codes have been changed to higher concentration levels to address the current pandemic). It is important to follow the guidelines as laid out by World Health Organization (WHO), the Center for Disease Control (CDC), and the National Institute of Health (NIH) to keep solutions at the recommended level.

  • Dilute to appropriate concentrations (1000 ppm or 13 cup of bleach per 1 gallon of water)
  • Ensure proper contact time by allowing the solution to AIR DRY
  • Clean and disinfect high touch point surfaces frequently throughout the day.

For more information on effective sanitation, contact us directly or learn more about UL’s Everclean Solutions.

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