While at APIC’s recent conference in Philadelphia, EarthSafe officially announced two new strategic engagements. As creators of the EvaClean Infection Prevention System for healthcare, EarthSafe is a leading advocate of increased accountability and compliance through standardization of cleaning and disinfection processes. Among its efforts to achieve these objectives, EarthSafe has collaborated with two key industry organizations to develop targeted initiatives.
The first such entity is NSF International—to raise awareness of reliable methods for measuring cleaning and disinfection efficacy across all environments. NSF International is a global, independent testing, inspection and certification organization that has been committed to protecting human health and safety since 1944. NSF pioneered STAT EPID, an environmental contamination monitoring program for evidenced based third party validation and quality assurance of cleaning processes and surface disinfection.
“We were searching for a more precise way to monitor contamination that was superior to ATP or fluorescent marking,” said Jeremiah Gray, Founding Partner of EarthSafe. “The NSF STAT EPID program uses microbial swabbing, which is the most effective measurable auditing method available. We’ve now incorporated the program in a broad range of settings to validate the efficacy of the EvaClean system, but it’s been particularly advantageous for reducing hospital-associated infections.”
EarthSafe also announced a partnership with The Infection Prevention Strategy (TIPS), a 100% volunteer organization that aids in vetting new technologies and innovative programs through trials and pilot studies to discover beneficial advancements and help make them accessible. Together, TIPS and EarthSafe are working to develop responsible initiatives, including standards-based compliance measures for enhanced cleaning and disinfection, as well as safety guidelines for the proper use of electrostatic disinfectant sprayers, which are a part of the EvaClean system.
To that end, Jeremiah Gray is slated to speak on the topic of responsible implementation of electrostatic spraying technologies at the 2019 HITS (Healthcare Infections Transmission Systems) Conference in Buffalo, New York. The conference is put on by the HITS Consortium to promote public health by reducing healthcare-associated infections through the integration of best infection prevention practices.
Gray said, “Michael Diamond, the Co-Founder and Executive Director of TIPS, is as passionate about protecting public health as I am. Backed by an extensive knowledge base, TIPS creates a powerful education and advocacy platform that will help evoke positive changes industry-wide.”
With the support of the NSF International STAT EPID program and TIPS partnership, EarthSafe is confident they’ll succeed in bringing more transparency to the cleaning and disinfection process, while driving higher levels of clinical efficacy.