Originally Posted: March 17, 2020
Updated: June 21st, 2020 & January 8th, 2021
Once again, Canadians find ourselves in the midst of an alarming situation with parts of our healthcare system stretched to the max as they struggle to treat those arriving at hospitals with COVID-19. But there is hope for 2021 as we see vaccines being rolled out around the world.
In November 2020, the Canadian government revised it’s guidance on how COVID-19 spreads, based on many good studies that have been conducted around the world. Experts now agree that the highest risk of virus spread is through respiratory droplets and aerosols that are released when an infected person coughs, sneezes, shouts, sings, or talks. While larger droplets fall out of the air quickly, aerosols can remain suspended in the air for large periods of time. This reinforces the need for masks, social distancing and limiting time spent indoors with people outside our bubbles. It has also highlighted the role of ventilation as an important discussion in the fight against COVID-19 transmission. Here is a link to an open letter that was written by physicians, engineers and other professional to the government of Ontario, Canada, about the importance of investing in ventilation systems as a defence against the aerosol transmission of COVID-19. The letter recommends the use of carbon dioxide (CO2) detectors as an inexpensive way to evaluate ventilation in a workspaces that don’t have the luxury of allowing remote working. Periodically opening windows and doors and/or using local HEPA air filtration is a way to refresh air in areas of poor circulation, in the short term. As a longer term solution, investing in upgraded ventilation is a smart way to future proof workplaces, not only against future transmissible diseases but for worker protection against everyday use of hazardous workplace chemicals.
While fomite transmission (surface to hand to eyes, nose or mouth) is considered to be low risk, workers all over the world are still being asked to spend much of their day cleaning countless surfaces with disinfectants. This high-frequency disinfecting represents a much higher exposure to these chemicals than is normal and can result in issues from dermatitis to lung disease, if the chemicals are not handled properly.
To help employers build a protocol for the disinfecting process, Rillea Technologies has developed a free webinar entitled The Why, What and How of Disinfecting for the Coronavirus also available on RilleaTech’s YouTube Channel for those requiring subtitles. Please feel free to watch the webinar at your convenience.
It is understandable that low-risk or not, employers want to ensure that common work areas are being properly disinfected with disinfectants meeting the criteria for use against the coronavirus. To make it easy for employers to find these products, Health Canada has shared a list of hard-surface disinfectants that have drug identification numbers (DIN) and are approved for sale in Canada.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has also identified disinfectants in their List N, that are thought to be effective against the coronavirus. Note that per guidance from the EPA FAQs, all products in List N are thought to be effective, even if they do not specifically list the “human coronavirus”.
Both the EPA List N and Health Canada’s product lists have been growing daily as more and more products undergo drug review and hopefully businesses are finding it easier to source products with efficacy.
To help our clients and supporters to ensure they are using disinfectants that have been evaluated, by a independent regulator, to be effective against the coronavirus as well as to keep workers safe and prevent exposure both to the virus and excessive amounts of chemicals, Rillea Technologies has:
a) summarized a list of disinfectants from the EPA’s List N
b) cross-referenced these products with Health Canada’s list, where possible
c) sourced the safety data sheets (SDSs) for the products
d) reviewed the SDSs for appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE)
e) used SDS RiskAssist to create 1-page safe handling summaries for easy information socialization to workers
f) provided a link, where possible, for purchase of the product.
The work is shared in the table below. Please feel free to review the table, click on the green buttons to see or print the 1-page safe handling summaries and to download the SDSs for any disinfectants you are using. Please note that the surface being disinfected must remain wet for the stipulated contact time.
|EPA Reg. #/Health Canada DIN #||Active Ingredient||Product Name||Company||Safe Handling & SDS||Contact Time||Formulation Type|
|9480-8 / 02450410||Sodium hypochlorite||PDI SANI-CLOTH BLEACH WIPES||PROFESSIONAL DISPOSABLES INTERNATIONAL, INC.||1 minutes||Wipe|
|70627-75 / 02438526||Quaternary ammonium||AVERT SPORICIDAL DISINFECTANT CLEANER WIPES||DIVERSEY, INC.||1 minutes||Wipe|
|70627-15 / 02248025||Quaternary ammonium||WARRIOR (TRIAD III Quat Disinfectant Cleaner)*||DIVERSEY, INC.||10 Minutes||Dilutable|
|70627-24 / 02241502||Quaternary ammonium||Virex™ II / 256||DIVERSEY, INC.||10 Minutes||Dilutable|
|67619-32 / 02408961||Sodium Hypochlorite||CloroxPro™ Clorox® Germicidal Bleach||CLOROX PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTS COMPANY||5 Minutes||Dilutable|
|67619-37 / 02473151||Quaternary Ammonium||Clorox Healthcare® VersaSure® Wipes||CLOROX PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTS COMPAN||5 Minutes||Wipe|
|70627-56 / 02283522||Hydrogen Peroxide||Oxivir Tb||DIVERSEY, INC.||1 Minute||Ready To Use|
|70627-58 / 02332965||Hydrogen Peroxide||Oxy-Team™ Disinfectant Cleaner (aka Oxivir Five 16 Concentrate)||DIVERSEY, INC.||5 Minutes||Dilutable|
|70627-72 / 02436094||Sodium Hypochlorite||Avert Sporicidal Disinfectant Cleaner||DIVERSEY, INC||1 Minute||Dilutable|
|9480-5||Quaternary ammonium||SANI-CLOTH GERMICIDAL DISPOSABLE CLOTH||PROFESSIONAL DISPOSABLES INTERNATIONAL, INC.||3 minutes||Wipe|
|9480-4||Quaternary ammonium||SANI-CLOTH GERMICIDAL WIPES||PROFESSIONAL DISPOSABLES INTERNATIONAL, INC.||2 minutes||Wipe|
|777-89 / 02245935||Quaternary Ammonium||LYSOL BRAND CLEAN & FRESH MULTI-SURFACE CLEANER||RECKITT BENCKISER LLC.||3 Minutes||Dilutable|
|777-66||Quaternary ammonium||LYSOL BRAND DISINFECTANT DIRECT MULTI-PURPOSE CLEANER||RECKITT BENCKISER LLC||2 minutes||Ready To Use|
|777-136||Ethanol||COUSTEAU P (DISINFECTANT SPRAY III DRIFTWOOD WATERS SCENT LYSOL BRAND KILLS 99.9% OF VIRUSES & BACTERIA)*||RECKITT BENCKISER LLC||30 seconds||Ready To Use|
|777-131||Hypochlorous acid||COUSTEAU (LYSOL BRAND KILLS 99.9% OF VIRUSES & BACTERIA DAILY CLEANSER)*||RECKITT BENCKISER LLC||10 minutes||Ready To Use|
|70627-78 / N/A||Hydrogen Peroxide||SURETOUCH||DIVERSEY, INC.||5 minutes||Ready To Use|
|70627-63 / N/A||Quaternary ammonium||512 SANITIZER (J-512 Sanitizer)*||DIVERSEY, INC.||10 minutes||Dilutable|
|70627-62 / N/A||Hydrogen Peroxide||PHATO 1:64 DISINFECTANT CLEANER (ALPHA-HP Multi-Surface Disinfectant Cleaner)*||DIVERSEY, INC.||5 minutes||Dilutable|
|70627-6 / N/A||Phenolic||PHENOLIC DISINFECTANT HG (EXPOSE II 256)*||DIVERSEY, INC.||10 minutes||Dilutable|
|70627-35 / N/A||Quaternary ammonium||ENVY FOAMING DISINFECTANT CLEANER||DIVERSEY, INC.||3 minutes||Dilutable|
|70627-23 / N/A||Quaternary ammonium||VIREX II/ 64 (Quest 64)*||DIVERSEY, INC.||10 minutes||Dilutable|
|70627-2 / N/A||Quaternary ammonium||DISINFECTANT D.C. 100 (VIREX TB)*||DIVERSEY, INC.||2 minutes||Ready to Use|
|70271-13 / 02411903||Sodium Hypochlorite||PURE BRIGHT GERMICIDAL ULTRA BLEACH||KIK International||5 minutes||Dilutable|
|4822-548||Triethylene glycol; Quaternary ammonium||COMBO (SCRUBBING BUBBLES MULTI-PURPOSE DISINFECTANT)*||S.C. JOHNSON & SON, INC.||5 minutes||PRESSURIZED LIQUID|
|46781-6 / 02161656||Quaternary ammonium; Isopropanol||CAVICIDE||METREX RESEARCH||2 minutes||Ready To Use|
|1677-256||Quaternary ammonium||FSC 35K||ECOLAB, INC.||5 minutes||Dilutable|
|1677-241 / N/A||Sodium hypochlorite||HYDRIS||ECOLAB, INC.||5 minutes||Ready To Use|
|1677-233 / 02388103||Quaternary ammonium||MULTI-PURPOSE DISINFECTANT CLEANER||ECOLAB, INC.||1 minutes||Dilutable|
|1677-204 / 02274965||Octanoic acid||65 DISINFECTING HEAVY DUTY ACID BATHROOM CLEANER||ECOLAB, INC.||2 minutes||Dilutable|
|9480-9||Quaternary ammonium||FREESTAR (SANI-CLOTH AF3 GERMICIDAL DISPOSABLE WIPE)*||PROFESSIONAL DISPOSABLES INTERNATIONAL, INC.||3 minutes||Wipe|
* The names in the EPA List N were cross-referenced with names in the New York State List in order to ensure the correct chemical information was sourced.
Please feel free to contact us if you would like help sourcing SDSs for your disinfectants or to help you develop a Chemicals Management System!