Chemical fogging applies chemical disinfectants to areas as fogs or mists. It is a method used routinely in the food industry but can also be applied in many other areas. It can be used for sanitisation, infection and odour control in many areas such as factories, warehouses, offices, schools, care homes, clinics, slaughter houses, toilets, showers and many more.
The purpose is to create and disperse a disinfectant aerosol to reduce the numbers of airborne micro-organisms and also to apply disinfectant to surfaces especially those that may be difficult to reach. During manufacture, food can be exposed to microbiological cross-contamination from surfaces and the air, which may give rise to food spoilage and safety issues. The traditional approach to controlling such contamination has been to implement cleaning and disinfection regimes. This targeted approach may be sufficient to maintain day-to-day control of contamination, but does not necessarily eliminate all environmental micro-organisms and, in some instances, they can persist in factories for several years.
In high-risk food factories thorough disinfection of surfaces is required to reduce the numbers of micro-organisms and to prevent transmission of potential contaminants. The belief is that regular use of novel disinfection techniques that can decontaminate the whole area will further reduce the number of environmental micro-organisms, which will in turn improve the quality of the food being produced, thereby reducing wastage and increasing profitability.
After cleaning areas exposed to pest infestation fogging is a good method to use as it will ensure the area has been completely cleaned and disinfected especially into cracks and crevices that can be hard to clean by hand.
Fogging is also a safe and effective method of preventing the spread of infection in offices, care homes, clinics, schools and many other working environments. The fogging vapour can work for 1-7 days depending on where it is used. It is not harmful to humans, pets or plants and is bio-degradable so the area can be used as soon as the process has been applied. This can reduce employee sickness and save your company money.