Many industries have known for decades that in order to deliver consistency then you need to test to ensure a standard or benchmark is constantly being achieved. This is the foundation of any quality control process and the control of hygiene standards is now an important element in every industry. This is fully in line with WHO guidelines who see this as key to the long term post pandemic control goals.
We have always had the use of basic ATP systems within our services but we have now invested further to offer an expanding range of services and have become the first company in the UK & Ireland to supply fully mobile rapid qPCR surface testing.
qPCR Testing – COVID surface detection and beyond
Our exclusive award winning system is deployed on-site and gives the exact same gold standard of surface testing as used in the clinical testing embraced by the NHS/HSE. Supplied to us by the Canadian world leader LuminUltra our highly trained crews can sample and test any surface for traces of COVID in under 2 hours.
In this time of uncertainty, imagine knowing whether the virus is present on high-touch surfaces — like screens, desks, steering wheels, seats, fans, bathrooms, etc. — and being able to take immediate action. By identifying the lingering presence of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, on the surfaces or in the air and water where we live, work, learn, and play, we can help create a safer path forward Environmental surveillance testing helps in the fight against COVID-19, allowing you to verify your current disinfection protocols, identify early warning signs and keep your business open.
Our system can also be used to monitored for the presence of Legionella in water systems which is a significant public health risk and a hazard to your operations if left unmitigated. Legislation mandates the testing/treatment for Legionella to ensure levels remain below a predefined limit.
Our microbial monitoring solutions provide a suite of fast, practical, and portable tools that allows us to assess microbiological content in minutes to reveal the onset of problems on-the-spot. The system can test for the presence of issues such as E. coli and Listeria to name but a few with new pathogens testing assays being constantly released to keep this service up to date.
ATP – 2nd Generation Microbial Monitoring
It has long been recognised the importance of monitoring and controlling microorganisms in all aspects of our ever changing commercial life’s as, if left unchecked, uncontrolled microbial proliferation can lead to potentially disastrous outcomes in operations or for the individuals that consume contaminated products. Unfortunately, there is no shortage of examples where microbiological contamination of food, water, products or the environment have resulted in negative consequences
For over 100 years expensive and time consuming culturing techniques have been used as the standard method to identify specific microbes of concern in public and environmental health sectors. While these tools excel in identifying specific microorganisms, they have their limitations, particularly the speed of results (from 1 to 28 days or longer, depending on the species present) and the inability to quantify the total population (culture tests typically capture anywhere from 0.1-1% of the total population.
To enable you periodically to ensure the effectiveness of your cleaning procedure a scientific Cleaning Verification System (CVS) is needed to support as visual inspection is no longer a sufficient method to verify clean. A rapid ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate) cleaning verification system quantifies your cleaning outcomes and provides a measurable result that can help you take effective corrective action to improve cleaning outcomes.
Unlike the current basic ATP tools in the market which can give an inaccurate account of the surfaces tested our next generation rapid tests (conduct by our fully trained crews) report the actual “live” surface population and does not include dormant or dead microorganisms and gives you a complete understanding of your surface condition.
IAQ – Indoor Air Quality Monitoring
Despite it being well known for decades the subject of indoor air quality is finally getting the recognition it deserves. Sick building syndrome (SBS) is a condition in which people in a building suffer from symptoms of illness or become infected with chronic disease from the building in which they work or reside that are a direct result of something within the building which may be due to poor ventilation, inadequate cleaning or inappropriate cleaning methods.
We have developed a mobile service that visits your location and measures and reports on individual areas within your premises which can identify areas of concern that can be addressed before they can cause a major issue. Our service provides a detailed report of the following tested factors:
PM level (Particulate matter) is a mix of particles and droplets in the air (anything from pollen to exhaust fumes). PM varies in shape and size, but those of >10 micrometers in diameter can adversely affect your health because they can be inhaled. PM2.5 refers to fine particulate matter—that with a diameter of two-and-one-half microns. PM1 is particulate matter measuring 1 micron.
Sufficient exposure to PM2.5 can irritate the eyes, nose, throat, and lungs, leading to allergy-like symptoms and shortness of breath in otherwise healthy people. It can also exacerbate existing medical problems, such as asthma and heart disease. The World Health Organization considers PM2.5 the world’s single biggest environmental health risk. Our reports will define the results found for all PM sizes
VOCs: The acronym stands for volatile organic compounds which is gases emitted from a variety of materials that can have short- and long-term health effects. According to the US EPA, concentrations of many VOCs can be up to 10 times higher indoors than outdoors.
Sources of VOCs include many common household products, including hairspray, cosmetics, cleaning fluids, disinfectants, paints, and varnishes. Burning fuels like wood and natural gas also produces VOCs. Short-term exposure to the low levels of VOCs can cause throat irritation, nausea, fatigue, and other minor complaints. Long-term exposure to high concentrations of VOCs has been linked to more severe respiratory irritation as well as liver and kidney damage. Products can emit VOCs even when they’re in storage, though to a lesser extent than when they’re actively being used.
HCHO: Formaldehyde is one of the most common VOCs and can be found in many building materials, including plywood, glues, and insulation. Formaldehyde is also used in some curtain and furniture fabrics.
Temperature and humidity: These levels can affect more than your comfort. High temps and excessive humidity promote mould and mildew growth. These can cause structural damage to your building and cause allergy-like symptoms in those with sensitivities. Monitoring these levels can help you prevent building and health problems and tip you off to potential sources like leaks and poor insulation.
Temperature is a measure of heat whereas humidity is a measure of the amount of water vapour present in air. Temperature of air is governed by solar radiation and higher solar energy means higher temperature of air. High temperature coupled with high humidity makes us feel sweaty and temperature feels hotter than it is.