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General FAQ

  • What disinfectants do you offer?
     

Currently we offer Biotab7, CD1G and Bioguard.

  • What services do you offer?
     

Currently we offer;

 

- Misting and Electric Bio Fogging disinfection services

- Rapid testing

- Swab testing

- Disinfection Training

  • What products do you offer?
     

Currently we offer;

- Our full list of PPE's and equipment is viewable in our store

- Disinfectants

- Custom medical and sanitization units

  • Is ISPS Philgeps registered?
     

Yes our registration number is 304895

  • What does PPM mean?
     

PPM means Parts Per Million which is also expressed milligrams per liter.

  • There are other chemicals other companies use which are cheaper, why don’t you use them?
     

Unlike other companies, ISPS uses only laboratory-tested chemical solutions that are internationally accredited (U.S. and Australia). We offer the only EPA certified and approved disinfecting product in eliminating SARS-CoV-2 (coronavirus) here in the Philippines. We also hold certifications such as LTO under FDA as the largest importer, wholesaler, manufacturer of chlorine dioxide in the Philippines. This guarantees the safety and effectiveness of our chemical solutions. 

In addition to this there are many other products and companies in the Philippines that make claims on the labels about their products being "organic" "natural" or derived from "natural" sources but offer no certifications or science to back up their claims which make them dangerous at best.

  • What is a “quat”?

Quats also known as (quaternary ammonium compounds) are chemicals found in disinfectant products and common household cleaners. Though effective against microbes, in many cases, quats are a “total overkill” for everyday household cleaning needs and pose serious potential side effects as they can be skin irritants, lung irritants, and can thus contribute to asthma and other breathing problems. Another issue for their use within the Philippines is they are generally rendered ineffective if they are used with "hard water".

  • What PPM should my solution be?

 

The standard concentration to ensure proper disinfection of surfaces (and kill disease-causing agents) is at 100 PPM (parts per million), or 1 gram of disinfectant to 1 liter of water. At this concentration

  • What is the best disinfectant to use in a ULV fogging or misting solution?

We recommend only using Chlorine dioxide (ClO2) as the chemical solution. Chlorine dioxide (ClO2) has been traditionally used for medical-grade disinfection and water purification, demonstrating its excellent safety profile while also maintaining efficacy. Chlorine dioxide is well known to outperform alternative solutions for its ability to provide superior disinfection and versatility as it can be tailored for various applications – in residential, industrial as well as commercial situations. Chlorine dioxide also has a proven public record of being a high-level disinfectant in contact times as short as 30 seconds.

As clo2 is only mixed with regular water it is not caustic and boasts a non corrosive profile.* This makes it ideal for use with either electrostatic, ULV foggers and High pressure misters because it will not corrode the internal electronics and housing structure.

(H. F. BOHNER and R. L. BRADLEY Department of Food Science University of Wisconsin-Madison)

  • What is your privacy policy?

Our privacy policy is based upon the tenants of Republic Act No. 10173, otherwise known as the Data Privacy Act. We seek to keep safe information that has been provided to us and take reasonable steps to ensure where not in use it is disposed of accordingly.

 

Products

Biotab7

  • What chemical is in Biotab7?

Biotab7 when mixed with water generates Chlorine Dioxide.

  • Is Biotab7 safe?

Yes it is safe, though it is always prudent to avoid ingesting and contact with sensitive areas of the body like eyes and skin.

  • Is Biotab7 corrosive?

No.

  • Is Biotab7 hazardous?

In its end use form, Biotab7 is diluted to 1-500ppm and therefore is not considered hazardous by the 2012 OSHA Hazard Communication Standard (29 CFR 1910.1200).

  • How do i use Biotab7?

Just add to water, and then spray and wipe or apply and let dry.

  • How much do i use?

Multipurpose cleaner

1 gram tablet + 1000ml of water = 100ppm

Residential disinfecting                                                     

1 gram tablet + 500ml of water = 200ppm
Proven to kill SARS NCOV2 within 5 minutes

Medical grade disinfectant

5 x 1 gram tablet + 1000ml of water = 500ppm

Proven to kill SARS NCOV2 within 60 seconds

  • Do i need to use special water?

No regular tap water is fine.

  • Can i use it indoors?

Yes, Biotab7 does not leave any harmful chemical residue so it is good for areas even used for food preparation.

  • Can i sanitize my fruits and vegetables with it?

Prepare a 5 ppm solution and  then immerse produce in solution for 10 – 20 seconds and rinse with clean potable water.

  • Will it damage my eyes?

Not expected to be an eye irritant during prescribed use. Proper precautions should always be used.

  • Is Biotab7 corrosive?

No, additionally it is not expected to be a skin irritant during prescribed use.

  • Can i mix it with other disinfectants to make it stronger?

No, you should never ever mix any chemicals. The maximum strength is necessary is achieved at 500ppm.

  • Can i add more tabs to make it stronger?

Yes, though we do not recommend mixing more than 5 tabs per 1 liter of water.

  • Is it safe to use with people in the room?

Yes it is.

  • How long should we leave it on a surface before drying?

Viruses killed  with 1 Minute Contact Time

Feline calicivirus, Strain F-9 ATCC VR-782 [Norovirus]

Influenza A [H1N1]/Virginia/ATCC1/2009, ATCC VR- 1736

Trichophyton interdigitale ATCC 9533 [Athletes Foot Fungus]

Carbapenem-Resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae ATCC BAA-2146 [CRE]

Viruses killed  with 5 Minute Contact Time


Staphylococcus aureus ATCC 6538 [S. aureus]

Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus ATCC 33591 [MRSA]

Pseudomonas aeruginosa ATCC 15442 [P. aeruginosa]

Enterococcus faecalis [E. faecalis] ATCC 51299 [VRE]
Escherichia coli ATCC BAA-2469 [CRE]

Salmonella enterica ATCC 10708 [S. enterica] Odor

  • Is Biotab7 FDA approved?

It is US FDA and US EPA registered. Registration number 91399-2

https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/list-n-disinfectants-use-against-sars-cov-2-covid-19

  • Is Biotab7 safe for use in the kitchen?

Yes it is.

  • What are the key differences among Biotab7, Bioguard, and CD1G?

 

Biotab7 is made in the U.S. and has a registered kill time of 60 seconds. It is ideal for medical, clinical, commercial, industrial, and other settings that involve prolonged exposure to the public or those wherein people come in and come out regularly such as restaurants, hospitality insitutitions, government offices, and open-area/public spaces. We recommend Biotab7 for the highest level of sanitization, since it is specifically designed for medical-grade disinfection. Biotab7 is best for areas where there are confirmed COVID-19 cases as it is the only EPA-registered product in the country scientifically proven to be effective against SARS-CoV-2 (coronavirus).

 

Bioguard is the perfect choice for household application due to its versatile sanitizing formula which is effective against a wide variety of pathogens (germs, virus, bacteria) on just about any hard non-porous surface like stainless steel, chrome, glass, vinyl, glazed porcelain, non-porous plastics, baked enamel, and glaze tile among others. Its non-staining, nonflammable, non-corrosive formula is perfect for household cleaning and disinfection. It is alcohol and bleach-free, colorless, odorless, and contains non-VOC-emitting ingredients. This multi-surface disinfectant requires no special handling or PPE equipment and also meets EPA standards for hospital disinfection. Bioguard is locally made.

 

CD1G like Biotab7 is also ideal for businesses, clinics, hospitals, and other commercial settings. It is highly recommended for warehouses and large scale disinfection. Manufactured in Australia and internationally accredited, CD1G’s active ingredient is chlorine dioxide (ClO2) which has been traditionally used for water purification and sterilization, exhibiting an excellent safety profile while maintaining its efficacy against microbial contamination and a wide range of harmful pathogens. 

 

All are available in tablet form.

  • Is Chlorine Dioxide corrosive?

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Personal Protection Equipment

  • What is a PPE coverall for?

Coveralls typically provide 360-degree protection because they are designed to cover the whole body, including the back and lower legs, and sometimes the head and feet as well. Surgical/isolation gowns do not provide continuous whole-body protection (e.g., they have possible openings in the back, and typically provide coverage to the mid-calf only).

Source: CDC

  • What is donning and doffing?

Wearing your protective coverall properly is essential to the performance and protection it can offer, starting with how you put it on (donning) and ending with how you take it off (doffing).

  • What type of gloves is recommended for healthcare settings?

Non-sterile disposable patient examination gloves, which are used for routine patient care in healthcare settings, are appropriate for the care of patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19. Used in hospitals, laboratories, clean rooms, dental offices, Nitrile gloves are often referred to as medical gloves. They are superior to any other glove material when it comes to puncture resistance and does not cause allergic reactions unlike latex.

  • What is a respirator?

A respirator is a personal protective device that is worn on the face or head and covers at least the nose and mouth. A respirator is used to reduce the wearer’s risk of inhaling hazardous airborne particles (including infectious agents), gases or vapors. Respirators, including those intended for use in healthcare settings, are certified by the CDC/NIOSH.

 

Source: CDC

  • What is the difference between a respirator with a valve and no valve?

An respirator with an exhalation valve provides the same level of protection to the wearer as one that does not have a valve. The presence of an exhalation valve reduces exhalation resistance, which makes it easier to breathe (exhale).

  • What is the difference between a certified respirator and a surgical mask?

 

Respirators are designed to help reduce the wearer’s exposure to airborne particles. The primary purpose of a surgical mask is to help prevent biological particles (e.g. bacteria and viruses) from being expelled by the wearer into the environment. Surgical masks are not necessarily designed to seal tightly to the face, so air might leak around the edges. Many surgical masks are also designed to be fluid-resistant.

 

Source: 3M

 

  • What is the difference between different countries’ respirator approvals? (N95 vs. FFP2 vs. KN95, etc.)

 

Regulatory standards often dictate the physical and performance properties that respirator products are required to have in order to obtain certification or approval in a particular country. Standards in different countries or regions may have slightly different requirements for certification or approval of respirators.

 

Most regulatory standards for FFRs have similar, but not identical, test methods and respirator classes. The most commonly used respirator class descriptor is filtration efficiency. This is the ability of a respirator to filter a specific particle in a controlled laboratory test. Because of similarities in standard requirements, the following respirator classes, from various countries and regions, all have approximately 94-95% filtration efficiency, are designed to form a seal with the face, and may be considered to be functionally similar for most uses against non-oil airborne particles:

  • Australia/New Zealand - P2

  • Brazil - FFP2

  • China - KN95, KP95

  • Europe - FFP2

  • Japan - DS2, DL2

  • India - BIS P2

  • Korea - 1st class

  • US NIOSH - N95, R95, P95

 

Note that in some countries, there are different respirator performance standards for occupational-use respirators and public-use respirators. Always consult with your local authorities to see what respirators are approved in your country and what is recommended to help reduce your exposure to the airborne hazard of concern.

Source: 3M

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Services

Covid19 Testing

  • What are the symptoms and complications Covid19 can cause?

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

Fever or chills

Cough

Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Fatigue

Muscle or body aches

Headache

New loss of taste or smell

Sore throat

Congestion or runny nose

Nausea or vomiting

Diarrhea

Read more about COVID-19 Symptoms.

 

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

 

  • What is the difference between Viral and Antibody Tests?

Two kinds of tests are available for COVID-19: viral tests and antibody tests.

 

A viral test tells you if you have a current infection.

An antibody test tells you if you had a previous infection.

An antibody test may not be able to show if you have a current infection, because it can take 1-3 weeks after infection to make antibodies.

 

We do not know yet if having antibodies to the virus can protect someone from getting infected with the virus again, or how long that protection might last.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  

  • Who should be tested?  

To learn if you have a current infection, viral tests are used. But not everyone needs this test.

Most people will have mild illness and can recover at home without medical care and may not need to be tested.

 

CDC has guidance for who should be tested, but decisions about testing are made by state and local health departments or healthcare providers.

 

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 and want to get tested, call your healthcare provider first.

 

You can also visit your state or local health department’s website to look for the latest local information on testing.

 

Although supplies of tests are increasing, it may still be difficult to find a place to get tested.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

  • Interpreting Covid19 Results

If you test positive for COVID-19 by a viral test, know what protective steps to take if you are sick or caring for someone.

If you test negative for COVID-19 by a viral test, you probably were not infected at the time your sample was collected.

 

However, that does not mean you will not get sick. The test result only means that you did not have COVID-19 at the time of testing.

If you test positive or negative for COVID-19, no matter the type of test, you still should take preventive measures to protect yourself and others.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • What does it mean if I tested positive?

A positive test result shows you have antibodies that likely resulted from an infection with SARS-CoV-2, or possibly a related coronavirus. 

 

It’s possible you might test positive for antibodies and you might not have or have ever had symptoms of COVID-19. This is known as having an asymptomatic infection, or an infection without symptoms.

 

Antibody test positive people should be isolated. After isolation, it is better to do an RT PCR test to verify, and after one week, do an antibody test again. If both results are negative, the person can be discharged.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • What does it mean if I tested positive?

If you test negative for COVID-19 antibodies, you probably did not have a previous infection that has gotten better.

 

It’s possible you could still get sick if you have been exposed to the virus recently, since antibodies don’t show up for 1 to 3 weeks after infection. This means you could still spread the virus. 

 

Some people may take even longer to develop antibodies, and some people may not develop antibodies. 

 

If you have symptoms and meet other guidelines for testing, you would need another type of test called a nucleic acid test, or viral test.

 

This test uses respiratory samples, such as a swab from inside your nose, to confirm COVID-19. 

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • Is it safe to use the Livzon Colloidal Gold Test Kit?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the purchase and administration of Rapid Antibody Test Kits for COVID-19 in their Advisory No. 2020-498.

As the official partner of the Philippine government in constructing and sanitizing the 4 mega swabbing centers in the country, the products and services of ISPS being used for COVID-19 tests are in line with the qualifications of the FDA.

The testing services are conducted by licensed health professionals and the equipment they use from us are certified to be of high-quality and effective in keeping the medical front liners safe from contamination. All participants are issued a certification after the test.

According to the FDA Advisory 2020-498, the test kits must be acquired through a prescription from a licensed physician from licensed hospitals or drugstores/pharmacies/botica. Online sale is also prohibited.

Livzon's antibody test is designed for professional use only. It is used for determining the immunology status of people, as well as an auxiliary diagnosis way of RT PCR. Kits can be stored in room temperature. If stored in 2-8 degree refrigerator, rewarm the kits before use. In humid environment, use the test immediately after opening the foil bag.

For off-site testing, the same method and procedure applies. We offer point to point transportation from your location to our testing site.

  • What are the benefits of Rapid Antibody Detection Testing?


Rapid Antibody Detection Tests rely on identifying the immune response of an individual. These antibody tests are important for establishing who has had the virus, especially because many people infected seem to show no symptoms (asymptomatic carriers) and to confirm hospital discharge.

Point-of-care (POC) tests like rapid antibody tests offer potentially substantial benefits for the management of infectious diseases, mainly by shortening the time to result and by increasing test availability. Commercial POC tests are already widely available for the diagnosis of bacterial and viral infections and for parasitic diseases (National Library of Medicine). Serology testing is generally used in epidemics to aid in the investigation of the outbreak to better understand the rate and pattern of infection.

Superior processing time
In the fight against any highly contagious virus, time is of the essence. Rapid antibody test kits yield faster results - 5 to 15 minutes - compared to RT-PCR (Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction) tests which take around 3 to 5 days. RT-PCR tests' longer waiting time for results may be problematic as this demands readily available and adequate quarantine facilities.

Cost-efficient
There is a massive price difference between the two tests. RT-PCR test kit costs around P3,000 to P8,000, nearly tenfold the amount of the relatively inexpensive rapid antibody test kits.

Ease of use
These tests look similar to common pregnancy tests. Finger prick blood samples are placed on a test strip and POC serology tests detect the presence of lgG and/or lgM antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 in the blood.

With the RT-PCR tests, trained professionals test nose and throat swabs to find out whether a person has coronavirus. RT-PCR tests detect SARS-CoV-2 nucleic acid (RNA) which typically require complex laboratory equipment and trained technicians making it more labor intensive and more expensive.

When used to diagnose active COVID-19, ROT would be much quicker and less invasive than the current PCR swabs.

 

Why should I choose ISPS instead of another company for Rapid Testing?

 

ISPS offers custom-tailored COVID-19 testing services specifically designed to address each and every client’s needs. The all-inclusive service package includes customized personnel allocations, costing, schedule management, and venue suggestions in order to suit the clients’ schedule and capabilities. The ISPS team’s efficient and streamlined process allows for a turnaround time of as fast as under 24 hours, depending on the requested manpower or the number of subjects to be tested.



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Misting and Bio Fogging

What do I need to do in preparation for misting and bio-fogging?

Clients are recommended to cover sensitive equipment and materials, especially electronic gadgets (e.g. computer desktops and appliances) and valuable assets (e.g. paintings) since misting makes the area wet. Bio-fogging also ensures that every nook and cranny is sanitized so it is better to make sure personal items are covered and protected to avoid unnecessary damages or inconvenience.

Our Fogging and Misting disinfection Procedure and Process

 

OVERVIEW

Stage 1: Ocular

Stage 2: Setup

Stage 3: Execution

Stage 3: Exit

Stage 4: Report

1. Ocular Stage: ISPS will send either one of our experienced Team Leaders or a team of two highly trained professionals to assess and evaluate the location in order to provide individualized recommendations to address the specific needs of the Client while meeting occupational safety and industry protocols. 

 

The Operations team will conduct a courtesy call with the Client to arrange a convenient date and time in which to schedule the ocular on the requested area.

 

We advise oculars are best conducted during periods when operations and services are on hold in order to ensure that the ISPS team can duly comply with all the proper public health and safety guidelines/restrictions/advisory at the time of procedure. 

 

The Operations team will assess the following:

 

Size of the area to be covered by the ISPS service (will be measured via laser measuring device).

 

Area usage (ex: whether an area is an open/closed facility, office space, warehouse, residential space, manufacturing area, etc.). This needs to be determined to ensure the appropriate service is delivered.

 

Materials and equipment involved are appropriate for the immediate environment ensuring that we provide the best possible professional recommendation regarding the type and amount of chemical to be used as well as the proper equipment required to perform the service to maintain the safety and security of people, property and assets.

 

Identification of ‘safety zones’ to determine a suitable deployment area for the ISPS team.

 

Sequencing of the area; a mapping of the location will be conducted in order to determine the best possible route to be taken during the sanitization process. This step ensures ISPS performs an efficient, speedy, and hassle-free operation. 

 

Access to water source 

 

Points of contact (POCs); ISPS will record and take note of the contact persons designated to coordinate with the team for scheduling, execution, and reporting. This is to ensure a smooth flow of operations from end-to-end. 

 

At the end of the ocular, the ISPS team will submit a comprehensive report to your Customer Representative so that they make the appropriate quotation and advise on the best course of action with regard to the Client’s needs.

2. Setup Stage: The ISPS team will be deployed on the requested date, taking into account the results of the ocular visit. This stage is largely based on the location, the size of the area, and equipment present on the target location.

 

Disinfectant preparation - based on the area size, environment, and the type of the area to be managed, the ISPS team will prepare a specially formulated solution appropriate for the profile of the requested area.
* Please note that standard concentration to ensure proper disinfection of surfaces (and kill disease-causing agents) is at 100 PPM (parts per million), or 1 gram of disinfectant to 1 liter of water.

 

Deployment - A safety zone, accessible only to ISPS team members will be set up. ISPS team members will be in full PPE gear. The team will mist and fog the designated safety zone. The safety zone will be the forward deployment area of the ISPS team; gear, chemicals, and other necessary equipment will be kept in this area.

 

Personnel - A minimum of two ISPS-trained professionals, a team leader and a team member for further assistance, will be deployed to the area. Additional team members will be deployed as necessary depending on: area size, operational complexity, and client request.

 

Equipment - The equipment brought will depend heavily on the location to be sanitized:

 

16L Battery Misting Backpack - Primarily used for floors, walls, and outdoor areas. Features a wide range and adjustable droplet size which are ideal for efficient sanitization of designated areas.

 

ULV Cold Fogger - Ideal for office areas, perfect for thoroughly sanitizing desks, equipment areas, and other smaller surfaces. ULV foggers are practically odorless which makes them much more pleasant to use than other types of equipment, especially indoors.

 

Thermal Fogger - Used for ensuring that air quality is drastically improved and air disinfection is maintained.

3. Execution Stage: The preferred execution time are periods when the location where the service will be conducted is not operational or vacated to ensure the safety and security of staff and customers.

 

Clearing and Client Safety - Once a safety zone has been established, the ISPS team will coordinate with a designated point person to ensure that the area is clear of any and all non-ISPS personnel.

 

Briefing - Once all non-ISPS personnel have been vacated, the ISPS team will conduct a final brief on the timeline, the sequencing, and other details of the sanitization process to ensure a smooth and hassle-free  process from beginning to end.

 

 

Sanitization - The mode and timeline of sanitization depends heavily on the location itself. However, in general:

      1. If multiple floors are involved, then the top-most floor is the starting point working down.

      2. The starting area in each section is the farthest area from the targeted exit point.

      3. Each area’s water source will be mapped and sanitized to ensure access to clean and safe water.

      4. Basements, if any, are the last portion to be covered.

 

Wipedown - This is optional, though NOT recommended. The ISPS Team recommends letting the disinfecting solution dry naturally, as opposed to being wiped; letting the solution dry naturally is more effective in ensuring that all lingering microbes are destroyed.

 

If requested, this is typically an additional cost to the Client. The ISPS Team will allow the solution to sit on surfaces for a minimum of 10 minutes. Once the necessary time has lapsed, the ISPS personnel will proceed to wipe high touch surfaces, such as desks, tables, and other surfaces. Floors and walls are covered last.

 

4. Exit Stage: The ISPS team will execute this standard of procedure upon completion of the aforementioned stages. 

 

Final disinfection of exit area - To ensure total safety, the exit area to be used by the ISPS team will also be disinfected and sanitized.

 

Return to safety zone - The designated safety zone will be misted once again, prior to re-entry, and the ISPS team will disinfect their person. If any semi-permanent structures were constructed (isolation tent, sanitation tent, etc) then the structure will be disinfected before being retracted.

 

Non-contact report - Once the ISPS team is ready to depart, the Team Leader will message the POC of completion of the request.

 

5. Report: To guarantee that the requested services were properly executed as agreed upon, a comprehensive report on the completed procedures will be provided, detailing the entire process of disinfection done at the target area. We will also include any recommendations on further actions/steps the client can take in order to maximize safety. This report will be sent to the Client for review purposes. This is done within 24 to 72 hours of service completion.

What is the difference between misting and bio-fogging?

Misting and bio-fogging are ideal safety measures for covering large areas such as public spaces, hospitals, and other spacious establishments. Our highly potent biocidal mist solution is specially formulated to completely eliminate lingering harmful microorganisms in the air and on surfaces, reducing the probability of getting in contact with bacteria and viruses. We also use an eco-friendly electric cool mist fogger as opposed to a regular fogger which runs on diesel and produces a smoke like emission. An advantage with fogging is that the sanitising agent reaches areas that may be difficult to clean with other techniques. Penetration into some nooks and crannies may be limited by obstacles, but in most cases it’s not necessary to move furniture or equipment around before or during the cleaning process. Whereas previously, the chemicals used in fogging could adversely affect materials such as plastic, fabrics and metal – causing corrosion over time – this is no longer a concern.

 

What is fogging?

Electric bio-fogging is a cleaning treatment done by trained professionals to eliminate hazardous microbial bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms that may germinate in areas that are usually unreachable by common measures. It creates a mist which safely, quickly, and effectively sanitize surfaces that conventional cleaning cannot cover. 

 

The fogging process is rapid and efficient. The biocide particles in the mist or fog are so small that they remain suspended in the air long enough to kill airborne viruses and bacteria. The biocide also eliminates pathogens on surfaces, including ceilings and walls as well as furniture and floors.

Fogging is given its name due to the cloud like emission from the machine. This is achieved through the machine creating a spray (fine mist) of normally about 1-10 microns in size.

What is misting?

Misting is the traditional environmental disinfection method used in offices, schools, open/closed areas. Not all misting services are created equally. The misting solution is key to the effectiveness of the service done. Misting emits the solution onto surfaces and quickly eliminates the presence of germs, viruses, bacteria, and other harmful microbes. It’s important to choose misting solutions that are:

1) formulated and meant for misting

2) safe for use and does not cause dangerous side effects

3) effective against the targeted pathogen (in this case, SARS-CoV-2).

Can I use any chemical with a mister or fogger?

No. Not all misting solutions are created equally. Some are not meant for misting or bio-fogging and could present health hazards or cause allergic reactions to some people. This is why we emphasize the need to select chemicals carefully. . It’s important to choose misting solutions that are:

1) formulated and meant for misting

2) safe for use and does not cause dangerous side effects

3) effective against the targeted pathogen (in this case, SARS-CoV-2).

4) Non corrosive, toxic chemicals like "quats" bleaches etc will corrode electrical components and metals.

Can I use misting/fogging disinfection services inside an office?

Yes. Misting and bio-fogging are traditionally used and are ideal disinfection methods for offices.

 

Can I use misting/fogging disinfection services inside a school?

Yes. Misting and bio-fogging are traditionally used and are ideal disinfection methods for schools.

 

I have sensitive equipment/machinery. Is it safe to mist/fog?

Clients are recommended to cover sensitive equipment and materials, especially electronic gadgets (e.g. computer desktops and appliances) and valuable assets (e.g. paintings) since misting makes the area wet. Bio-fogging utilizes a smaller particle size which reduces the level of wetness but can still cause dampness so ensure that every nook and cranny is sanitized so it is better to make sure personal items are covered and protected to avoid unnecessary damages or inconvenience. A simple covering will do to protect equipment and machineries. Once covered, misting and fogging can commence. 

 

How long after misting/fogging do I have to wait before reentering the premises?

The ISPS Team recommends letting the disinfecting solution dry naturally, as opposed to being wiped; letting the solution dry naturally is more effective in ensuring that all lingering microbes are destroyed. It is best to allow the solution to sit on surfaces for a minimum of 10 minutes. 

 

Is misting/fogging safe?

As with any service, safety largely depends on what is being used, how much is appropriate for use in the given situation/location, how the service was done, and who are qualified to execute the treatment. For these reasons, it is best to employ field experts and professionals who can walk you through the service you requested, explain the chemical solutions being used, and execute the service properly and efficiently. 

 

Can anyone do it?

For safety reasons, it is best to leave misting and bio-fogging to professionals who have had training and experience on the matter. However, with proper training, designated people and cleaners can execute some of these methods of disinfection on a regular basis (e.g. in offices, households, establishments, restaurants). ISPS offers a training course and certification for companies and organizations on how to properly perform Misting and Bio-Fogging at their workplace. We provide user-friendly equipment and ready-to-use disinfectants which can easily be administered by your staff so there’s no need to hire sanitation agencies on a regular basis. This way, you can ensure the safety of your employees and customers in the most cost-efficient manner as you abide by government protocols.

Why should I choose ISPS instead of another company for Misting/Fogging?

ISPS is composed of a team of professionals specifically trained in environmental disinfection methods like misting and fogging. We are the official partner of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) in the national COVID-19 response, spearheading the construction and disinfection of the Philippines’ largest COVID-19 testing and quarantine facilities.

How often should I mist/fog?

For businesses prevention is better than cure, and for this reason we encourage offices, government units, establishments that tend to accommodate crowds, especially organizations that are frequented by in-and-out clients/customers (like restaurants), to disinfect and sanitize daily.

 

 

Frequency largely depends upon the type of business, for example, high traffic service orientated businesses must disinfect more often while other businesses like storage facilities that aren’t often visited by outsiders less.

Corporate offices and BPO's with large numbers of staff in close quarters should consider disinfection services of the area at least on a weekly basis.

For residential homes and Condominium units, unless there has been a COVID positive case we do not recommend regular disinfection services at all.

Do you provide a certificate of disinfection?

Yes we provide a certificate of disinfection after every service.

How much area can a ULV fogger cover?

This depends on the size of the foggers tank, the particle size selected and how the operator uses the machine. Typically when we conduct the service a 5L tank will cover a minimum of 250sqm.

How much area can a high pressure mister cover?

Our 16L high pressure mister will normally cover a minimum of 250sqm per tank.

What is the difference between hot and cold fogging?

There are two types of fogging: cold and thermal (hot). While a thermal fogger uses heat to atomize the chemical solution which then turns into fog or a smoke cloud, cold spraying methods, which, in most cases, use high amounts of air pressure to spray the fogging liquid out in tiny particles. Cold foggers are the most popular type when it comes to sanitization and disinfection services.

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