Although disinfection is not an everyday concept everyone deals with it directly or indirectly. The quality of our food is also safeguarded by the use of disinfection agents during the traditional and industrial manufacturing process.
The five most important sectors are:
1.Food and luxury foods industry
2.Intensive cattle breeding
3.Medical institutions, laboratories and care centres
Disinfection in food industry
A large number of companies belong to the food and luxury foods industry including, among others, abattoirs, meat products factories, dairy factories, canned fish factories, soft drink factories, breweries, butchers, catering establishments, restaurants, bread and pastry factories, industrial kitchens. These companies intensively deal with large quantities of food and beverage.
However, despite all carefulness and even if you work according regulations there is a risk that products in the food and luxury foods industry are contaminated or perishable. After all the food chain is as strong as the weakest link. An important aspect is the large time difference between the moment of preparation and consuming. When not all hygienic regulations are observed during that period or during the preparation micro-organisms are footloose with all its consequent negative effects.
To avoid problems it is necessary to disinfect carefully working surfaces, machinery, tools, means of transport and also floors, walls and ceilings in the direct environment during the entire process.
Disinfection in agriculture
The concept of intensive cattle breeding means breeding many animals in a relative small area. Among others, types of animals used for intensive cattle breeding are cows, pigs, chicken, sheep and goats.
Because of the intense nature of cattle breeding, the chances of infection are high. Actual examples are Foot and Mouth Disease and Avian Influenza. For that reason disinfection in intensive cattle breeding is an essential part of operational management. For micro-organisms are not only a nuisance to the animals themselves but they can also cause a reduce of profits or worse, the death of animals.
Obviously, the consequence is economic loss. Further more the sick animals can not be sold to cattle dealers and the meat industry. Many countries have a reputation to uphold in the area of meat export. The chance of virulent fungus formation in cattle transport and infections of animals can be strongly reduced by right disinfection. Therefore it is of vital importance in intensive cattle breeding to use consistently disinfection agents in for example animal quarters, in storage spaces for cattle, in cattle trucks and at market places.
Disinfection in medical surroundings
Normally healthy human beings are very well resistant against the daily attack of pathogene micro-organisms. Either medical institutions and care centres such as hospitals, private clinics, nursing homes and old people’s homes use disinfection agents in hygiene programs to avoid weakened people like patients, newborn children, residents, old people becoming infected by germs.
The concentrations of micro-organisms in these institutions, the vulnerability of patients and elderly residents and the frequent visitors also cause a great risk of infection. This risk can be reduced to the lowest possible level if conscientious disinfection of surfaces and materials that patients, residents, staff and visitors come into contact with, is taken care of.
Drinking water treatment calamity areas
When you consider disinfection in emergency services you should think of drinking water. In situations where no clean drinking-water is available because the drinking- water system broke down chlorines can be used to make the water safely drinkable.
Chloramine-t is non-toxic solution that doesn’t leave an unpleasant smell or taste after dissolving. After filtering, the water can be used as drinking-water.
In refugee camps there is often a shortage of drinking water. Aid organisations also use disinfection agents to make sanitary places and medical facilities safe.
Consumers also use disinfection agents in their households.
Some examples are the treatment of hot tubs, whirlpool, sauna’s and private swimming pools.
Furthermore households are used to cleaning and disinfecting toilets with chlorine containing products. The most infectious places in households are the refrigerator and kitchen-sink unit, chopping board, the toilet, toothbrush and shower floor.
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