Disinfectants That Meet EPA & Health Canada Criteria Against Coronavirus

Originally Posted: March 17, 2020

Updated: June 21, 2020

As we begin to re-open our businesses in the wake of the first wave of the pandemic, workers all over the world are asked to spend much of their day cleaning countless surfaces with disinfectants for coronavirus. This represents a much higher exposure to these chemicals than is normal and until we have better science about the likelihood of the coronavirus being transmitted via surfaces, it is likely to stay that way.

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.

For the time being, protection against the spread of the coronavirus requires hospitals, municipalities and businesses to ensure their common 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, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has 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”.

Health Canada released it’s own list of hard-surface disinfectants with the following caveat: “All disinfectants that have a drug identification number (DIN) have been approved for sale in Canada. While most disinfectants will work against coronavirus, the following list of hard-surface disinfectants are supported by evidence following drug review, demonstrating that they are likely to be effective and may be used against SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

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:

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.

For the time being, protection against the spread of the coronavirus requires hospitals, municipalities and businesses to ensure their common 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, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has identified disinfectants for coronavirus in their List N, that are thought to be effective. 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”.

Health Canada released it’s own list of hard-surface disinfectants with the following caveat: “All disinfectants that have a drug identification number (DIN) have been approved for sale in Canada. While most disinfectants will work against coronavirus, the following list of hard-surface disinfectants are supported by evidence following drug review, demonstrating that they are likely to be effective and may be used against SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.”

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: 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, and f) provided a link, where possible, for purchase of the product.

EPA Reg. #/Health Canada DIN #Active IngredientProduct NameCompanySafe Handling & SDSContact TimeFormulation Type
9480-8 / 02450410Sodium hypochloritePDI SANI-CLOTH BLEACH WIPESPROFESSIONAL DISPOSABLES INTERNATIONAL, INC.1 minutesWipe
70627-75 / 02438526Quaternary ammoniumAVERT SPORICIDAL DISINFECTANT CLEANER WIPESDIVERSEY, INC.1 minutesWipe
70627-15 / 02248025Quaternary ammoniumWARRIOR (TRIAD III Quat Disinfectant Cleaner)*DIVERSEY, INC.10 MinutesDilutable
70627-24 / 02241502Quaternary ammoniumVirex™ II / 256DIVERSEY, INC.10 MinutesDilutable
67619-32 / 02408961Sodium HypochloriteCloroxPro™ Clorox® Germicidal BleachCLOROX PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTS COMPANY5 MinutesDilutable
67619-37 / 02473151Quaternary AmmoniumClorox Healthcare® VersaSure® WipesCLOROX PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTS COMPAN5 MinutesWipe
70627-56 / 02283522Hydrogen PeroxideOxivir TbDIVERSEY, INC.1 MinuteReady To Use
70627-58 / 02332965Hydrogen PeroxideOxy-Team™ Disinfectant Cleaner (aka Oxivir Five 16 Concentrate)DIVERSEY, INC.5 MinutesDilutable
70627-72 / 02436094Sodium HypochloriteAvert Sporicidal Disinfectant CleanerDIVERSEY, INC1 MinuteDilutable
9480-5Quaternary ammoniumSANI-CLOTH GERMICIDAL DISPOSABLE CLOTHPROFESSIONAL DISPOSABLES INTERNATIONAL, INC.3 minutesWipe
9480-4Quaternary ammoniumSANI-CLOTH GERMICIDAL WIPESPROFESSIONAL DISPOSABLES INTERNATIONAL, INC.2 minutesWipe
777-89 / 02245935Quaternary AmmoniumLYSOL BRAND CLEAN & FRESH MULTI-SURFACE CLEANERRECKITT BENCKISER LLC.3 MinutesDilutable
777-66Quaternary ammoniumLYSOL BRAND DISINFECTANT DIRECT MULTI-PURPOSE CLEANERRECKITT BENCKISER LLC2 minutesReady To Use
777-136EthanolCOUSTEAU P (DISINFECTANT SPRAY III DRIFTWOOD WATERS SCENT LYSOL BRAND KILLS 99.9% OF VIRUSES & BACTERIA)*RECKITT BENCKISER LLC30 secondsReady To Use
777-131Hypochlorous acidCOUSTEAU (LYSOL BRAND KILLS 99.9% OF VIRUSES & BACTERIA DAILY CLEANSER)*RECKITT BENCKISER LLC10 minutesReady To Use
70627-78 / N/AHydrogen PeroxideSURETOUCHDIVERSEY, INC.5 minutesReady To Use
70627-63 / N/AQuaternary ammonium512 SANITIZER (J-512 Sanitizer)*DIVERSEY, INC.10 minutesDilutable
70627-62 / N/AHydrogen PeroxidePHATO 1:64 DISINFECTANT CLEANER (ALPHA-HP Multi-Surface Disinfectant Cleaner)*DIVERSEY, INC.5 minutesDilutable
70627-6 / N/APhenolicPHENOLIC DISINFECTANT HG (EXPOSE II 256)*DIVERSEY, INC.10 minutesDilutable
70627-35 / N/AQuaternary ammoniumENVY FOAMING DISINFECTANT CLEANERDIVERSEY, INC.3 minutesDilutable
70627-23 / N/AQuaternary ammoniumVIREX II/ 64 (Quest 64)*DIVERSEY, INC.10 minutesDilutable
70627-2 / N/AQuaternary ammoniumDISINFECTANT D.C. 100 (VIREX TB)*DIVERSEY, INC.2 minutesReady to Use
70271-13 / 02411903Sodium HypochloritePURE BRIGHT GERMICIDAL ULTRA BLEACHKIK International5 minutesDilutable
4822-548Triethylene glycol; Quaternary ammoniumCOMBO (SCRUBBING BUBBLES MULTI-PURPOSE DISINFECTANT)*S.C. JOHNSON & SON, INC.5 minutesPRESSURIZED LIQUID
46781-6 / 02161656Quaternary ammonium; IsopropanolCAVICIDEMETREX RESEARCH2 minutesReady To Use
1677-256Quaternary ammoniumFSC 35KECOLAB, INC.5 minutesDilutable
1677-241 / N/ASodium hypochloriteHYDRISECOLAB, INC.5 minutesReady To Use
1677-233 / 02388103Quaternary ammoniumMULTI-PURPOSE DISINFECTANT CLEANERECOLAB, INC.1 minutesDilutable
1677-204 / 02274965Octanoic acid65 DISINFECTING HEAVY DUTY ACID BATHROOM CLEANERECOLAB, INC.2 minutesDilutable
9480-9Quaternary ammoniumFREESTAR (SANI-CLOTH AF3 GERMICIDAL DISPOSABLE WIPE)*PROFESSIONAL DISPOSABLES INTERNATIONAL, INC.3 minutesWipe

* 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!