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H2O2 have applications in select health
care rooms and areas, the uses for copper
and silver remain limited.
Charles S. Ortmann of Diversified CPC International (right) receives the Chairman’s Award from CSPA
chairman Adam Selisker of CRC Industries.
99.84% of C. difficile spores within 50 minutes. According to Rutala, the UVC method
is effective and rapid and doesn’t require
the HVAC system to be disabled or sealed.
Unfortunately, patient and hospital personnel must leave the room and the technique cannot be done every day.
Another cleaning method, vaporized
hydrogen peroxide, delivered via microcon-
The Consumer Specialty Products Association will hold its 2011 Mid-Year Meeting
and Innovention on May 3-6 at the Marriott Hotel Downtown, Chicago.
The Fall Board meeting will take place
Oct. 5-6 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel,
Washington, DC, and the 98th Annual
Meeting will be held Dec. 4-8 at the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort and Spa, Fort
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densation or dry mist, has been shown to
be effective in eradicating C. difficile from
contaminated surfaces. However, the
H2O2 method is time-consuming, taking
270 minutes, compared to just 67 minutes
for bleach cleaning.
“Still, vaporized hydrogen peroxide reduced contamination of multiple pathogens and studies have shown that there are
benefits in controlling outbreaks and infections,” Rutala noted.
Rutala explained that copper has antimicrobial activity and has been implemented in healthcare settings by applying
the metal to toilet seats, brass handles and
brass door handles where it was shown to
reduce microorganisms. Similarly, there
have been only a few studies utilizing disinfectants containing silver, but Rutala
noted that one silver dihydrogen citrate formula has shown to be effective with broad-spectrum activity. Meanwhile silver iodide
has efficacy against VRE.
Rutala concluded that while UV and
A Look at Fabric Care
Roni Plectrazak-Weaver of Arch Chemicals
presented different approaches to textile
treatment. She noted that microbial growth
could have detrimental effects on the fabric
such as cross infection by pathogens in a
medical environment, odor development or
loss of performance properties. Microbes
can thrive in today’s wash cycles because of
lower wash temperatures and reduced use
of chlorine bleach. That combination can
lead to the formation of biofilm on fabric
and machine surfaces, she explained.
However, these problems can be eradicated with antimicrobials such as applying
silver ZPT on fibers, treating fabrics with ingredients such as N-halamine, PHMB
hypochloride, silane quats, silver, triclosan
and ZPT. Garments can be treated with
PHMB and laundry can be treated with hydrogen peroxide, PHMB, quats and sodium
Plectrazak-Weaver also reviewed the
test methods used to ensure efficacy of the
treatments and the claims that manufacturers can and cannot make regarding fiber,
mill and laundry treatments.
The Air Care Division program focused on
the science, emotion and legislation that
are impacting the segment. CSPA’s Phil
Klein opened the session with a look at the
regulatory issues affecting the industry. He
called 2010 a perfect storm of state, federal
and EPA activity, with much of the focus on
intellectual property. However, Klein assured the audience that the association is
committed to its membership.
“CSPA is going to protect the intellec-
tual property (IP) of our members,” he in-
sisted. “Yes, we have a great relationships
with EPA and the environmental groups.
We will find a balance on Right-to-Know
Together with the American Cleaning
Institute, CSPA launched its voluntary in-
gredient disclosure program at the start of