When we developed CleanTech® Automatic hand washing stations we realized that there were too many variables involving normal industrial hand soap to ensure the removal of more than 99.9% of pathogens with our new hygiene technology. We needed a hygienic solution that worked faster and better than industrial hand soap, and we needed it backed by science. That is why we have developed UltraPure, and had it tested in over 50 clinical trials to prove it is the most effective way to remove pathogens with a CleanTech® system.
Does industrial hand soap for food processing have clinical validation?
Industrial hand soap does not have clinical validation for food processing because it is impossible to quantify the effectiveness of hand soap given the simple fact that everyone manually washes their hands differently. Proper manual hand washing takes time to properly scrub and wet your hands, however, as we’ve probably noticed in many public restrooms, most people don’t do this process carefully. The amount of soap used also plays a key role in the effectiveness of hand washing, which can make effectiveness tests more difficult due to the overall variability.
Another factor is the type of soap used. Many places try to save costs and buy the cheapest option for their hand soap. Foam soaps, for example, may be less effective than other liquid soaps and require more product to wash your hands properly.
How does Meritech verify the effectiveness of its hygienic solutions?
We have worked in partnership with an independent FDA certified laboratory to obtain the most accurate and unbiased results possible. We used what is called the “Glove juice method“, Defined by both the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and ASTM International (American Society for Testing and Materials), to put our CleanTech® Automated and UltraPure hand washing systems to the test.
This method involves a person wearing sterile gloves and then adding a solution to the gloves. This solution is then tested to measure the concentration of pathogens present on the surface of the skin. Next, the test subject washes their hands and goes through the same steps to put on sanitized gloves and refill with the sample solution. The post-wash concentration is then compared with the first sample to quantitatively measure the pathogen reduction.
How effective is UltraPure?
We have proved it UltraPure provided an average 99.9% reduction in pathogens, including E. coli and Feline Calicivirus (a Norovirus surrogate) when used with CleanTech automated hand washing stations. These efficacy studies have shown unequivocally that CleanTech® with UltraPure results in a greater reduction of pathogens than a manual hand wash.