Horizon / Halosil Distributor for South Africa, ODC Distributor Pty Ltd imports first Halosil system to aid the fight against Covid-19
Effective disinfection of enclosed spaces has become one of the most important issues for a variety of organisations, from companies to schools, from government departments to private homes. With the prevention of the spread of COVID-19 a critical issue, the requirement for reliable and effective disinfection has spread beyond the healthcare sector, requiring innovative solutions to the challenge.
Adius Ncube, director at ODC Distribution, explains there are a number of key issues that customers need addressed. “Any potential solution must be effective, affordable, safe, versatile and easy to use. The problem with most disinfection options is that while they meet some of these criteria, they don’t cover them all. This is where the Halosil Disinfection System provides the ideal solution.
“The HaloFogger pairs a proprietary hydrogen peroxide formula with a patented dry fogging technology to bring efficiency and efficacy in whole room disinfection. By harnessing a turbulent aerosol that disperses quickly, it can reach spaces that conventional options such as sprays, wipes or UV lights simply can’t.”
This, combined with the patented Halo Mist formula, allows it to kills 99.9999% of even resistant C. difficile spores, even in areas beyond the reach of humans or UV systems. The Halo Disinfection System meets the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Guidelines for Environmental Infection Control in Hospitals for the Ebola virus. It has also been added to the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) ‘List N’, the list of products that the EPA has deemed effective against the novel coronavirus. Local registration with the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NCRS) is under way.
Cost effective and simple to use
Ricardo Oppelt, director at ODC Distribution, comments that in addition to ensuring that rooms are completely disinfected, key benefits come from the system’s usability and cost-effectiveness. “Other systems such as manual disinfection or UV lights have high operating costs, they also require the people responsible to be constantly vigilant so that no areas are missed. In today’s times where the number of locations that need to be disinfected is so large, the chance of missing critical areas is high. Because the HaloFogger is largely automated, it removes the potential for human error from the equation.”
With the HaloFogger’s intuitive controls, the operator only needs to activate the unit in the designated space and then return once it’s finished. “Making the unit simple to use is key to ensuring that it’s properly adopted,” comments Ncube. “Most disinfecting systems are complex to use, leading to poor adoption. Having a system that isn’t properly used is just as dangerous as not having one at all.”
He adds that the HaloFogger technology was initially adopted by healthcare and larger commercial customers. However, COVID-19 and improvements to the system are making it increasingly popular across a wide range of industries, including offices, hotels, restaurants, gyms, schools and homes.
Oppelt adds that while the COVID-19 pandemic will not last forever, he foresees that the requirement for safe, effective and easy-to-use disinfectant strategies will continue for the foreseeable future. “This has been something of a wakeup call for everyone and they are now taking the elimination of biological hazards more seriously. Part of every organisation’s responsibility will be to ensure they are prepared for any eventuality, and having a disinfection strategy will be part of that preparation. The HaloFogger allows them to achieve that in a reliable and cost-effective fashion,” he concludes.