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Addressing Hygiene Theater & Microbial Surface Efficacy

Surface Hygiene: Epidemic & Pandemic (S.H.E.P.) Blog – Post 2 of 4

Blog Post 2 of a 4-part series. Click here to view Part 1: Protect Your People and Facilities: Before, During & Post-Pandemic.

Even though the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) pandemic is stabilizing in some areas, with the threat of variant strains spreading (such as the Delta and Mu variants) and lack of herd immunity, there is still a very real need for ongoing surface cleaning and disinfection. The accusation that certain entities are engaging in highly visible “disinfection theater” is valid. Overproduced video of targetless spraying of undisclosed chemicals labeled as disinfectants or sanitizers into airplane cabins, hotel rooms, subways, and classrooms is not helpful. This type of activity, whether overzealous or designed for advertising purposes, is wasteful, potentially hazardous, and will not accomplish SARS-CoV-2 reduction on surfaces.

At ICP we have consistently maintained that disinfectants and antimicrobials are tools in the toolbox of our infection control programs we call S.H.E.P. (Surface Hygiene: Epidemic & Pandemic). Broadcast spraying and indiscriminate fogging are ineffective and inconsistent with both science and the restoration industry principles we have applied successfully to the goals of surface microbe reduction.

ICP has been providing COVID-19 education for more than 18 months (since our first MasterWorks webinar in March 2020) and more than 5,000 professionals from all walks of life that have attended – each learned from S.H.E.P. the same fundamental tenet of disinfection: when transmission in the community is high, and especially when an occupant may have been sick, then implementation of BOTH cleaning and disinfecting of high-traffic surfaces is a best practice. Moreover, whether in the present pandemic or looking ahead to when coronavirus has become an endemic management challenge, there is a role for disinfection as one of several tools in a layered mitigation strategy.

Public Health agencies have been unified in messaging that we need to deploy multiple related strategies, especially in community environments like schools, if our COVID-19 programs are to be successful. At ICP, we communicate and educate via SHEP that controlled and targeted surface disinfection is one valuable layer among our methods of mitigation.

Layered Mitigation Strategy

There are many different types of microbes in our lives daily. Millions of different viruses, bacteria, and molds live and grow on surfaces and through these vectors can be transmitted to us. Many microbes last only a few hours on surfaces, but there are many potentially dangerous microbes that can live for months. Depending on the microbe and these microbes can cause life-threatening ailments that are often problematic and sometimes even fatal.

Microbial transmission involves different modes depending on the type of pathogen, for example a respiratory pathogen such as COVID-19, is usually airborne, whereas intestinal pathogens are typically spread through water or food. Microorganisms can be transmitted by more than one route, here is a list of the five main routes of transmission:

  • direct contact – occurs through physical transfer through direct body contact with an infected individual. Entry occurs through mucous membranes, open wounds, or abraded skin
  • fomites – surface transmission of infection, an infected individual contacts an inanimate object, then the microbes are transmitted through another non-infected individual touching the surface
  • aerosol (airborne) – the transfer of pathogens via small particles or droplets. This transfer can occur when an infected individual breathes, coughs or sneezes in the vicinity of an uninfected individual
  • oral (ingestion) – transfers through contaminated food or water. Occurs when a person eats or ingests contaminated food, water or by licking or chewing on contaminated surfaces
  • vector borne – transfers through infected animals or insects to individuals. Occurs when an infected animal or insect such as a mosquito, flea/tick, or rodents bites an individual and passes on pathogen


Microbial pathogens are a real threat on surfaces and should be considered when determining your company’s cleaning & disinfection plans including frequency of application. The CDC as of Fall 2021, is recommending for COVID-19 and other viruses that all touchable surfaces are to be cleaned at least once per day. They also suggest that “You may want to either clean more frequently or choose to disinfect (in addition to cleaning) in shared spaces if the space is a high traffic area or if certain conditions apply that can increase the risk of infection from touching surfaces:

  • High transmission of COVID-19 in your community (As of early September 2021, close to 94% of US counties fall into the current high transmission category).
  • Low vaccination rates in your community.
  • Infrequent use of other prevention measures, such as mask wearing (among unvaccinated people) and hand hygiene; or
  • The space is occupied by people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

If there has been a sick person or someone who tested positive for COVID-19 in your facility within the last 24 hours, you should clean AND disinfect the space.”  

Overall, the best ways to mitigate and reduce the spread of COVID-19, is a layered mitigation strategy. This includes things such as masking where social distancing is not possible, practicing regular hand hygiene, implementing vaccination policies, social distancing as well as cleaning and disinfecting where applicable. With children back in the classrooms in most regions as well as businesses opening back up welcoming back staff and employees it is more important than ever to implement a Surface Hygiene, Epidemic and Pandemic Plans to address routine & targeted cleaning & disinfecting.

At ICP we have a Technical Bulletin entitled: Antimicrobial Disinfection Efficacy Matrix, to provide more guidance about various types of microbes, surface viability, how many cases in the USA of that infection annually, the etiology of each of the microbes listed and the approved disinfectant products we have for each of the outlined microbes. In many cases, microbes can be and are transmitted via surfaces, and so it is important to establish regular cleaning and disinfection plans to truly protect the built environment, during a pandemic and beyond.

In Part 3 of 4 of our S.H.E.P. blog series, coming soon, learn more about the suggested types of pandemic and surface hygiene plans and some ideas of how to build and implement these plans.

 

Resources

https://www.icpgroup.com/coronavirus-disinfection/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hygiene_theater
https://www.cnn.com/2021/04/22/politics/what-matters-hygiene-theater/index.html
https://www.health.com/condition/infectious-diseases/coronavirus/hygiene-theater-cdc-cleaning-guidelines
https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2021/04/end-hygiene-theater/618576/
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/flu-has-disappeared-worldwide-during-the-covid-pandemic1/
https://www.cdc.gov/infectioncontrol/spread/index.html
https://microbiologysociety.org/why-microbiology-matters/what-is-microbiology/microbes-and-the-human-body/routes-of-transmission.html
https://www.aaha.org/aaha-guidelines/infection-control-configuration/routes-of-transmission/

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ICP Group Announces Chris Pappas as Board Member

ANDOVER, Mass. – September 8, 2021 – Innovative Chemical Products (ICP Group) today announced the appointment of Chris Pappas to its Board of Directors. Mr. Pappas brings extensive executive and board experience with private and publicly traded companies in the specialty chemicals, coatings, adhesives, and sealants markets. Mr. Pappas will help provide guidance to ICP’s growth strategy and continued evolution into one of the largest coatings and adhesives platforms in the industry.

Most recently, Mr. Pappas was as a special advisor and board member at Trinseo S.A., a plastics, latex and rubber producer. Mr. Pappas served as Chief Executive Officer of Trinseo from 2010 to 2019. Prior to Trinseo, he spent nearly a decade at Nova Chemicals Corporation in the roles of President and CEO, Chief Operations Officer, and Senior Vice President. Mr. Pappas began his career at The Dow Chemical Company. In addition to his executive experience, Mr. Pappas serves as Board Member at FirstEnergy (NYSE: FE) and as Chairman of the Board at Univar (NYSE: UNVR). Mr. Pappas earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology and a Master of Business Administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

“We are pleased to welcome Chris to ICP Group’s Board of Directors,” said Doug Mattscheck, CEO of ICP Group. “Chris joins our Board at an exciting time as we continue to expand and drive forward our strategy of building a rapidly growing and leading platform in the coatings and adhesives industry through organic growth, acquisitions, and international expansion. Chris will provide valuable perspectives from his years of experience in driving strategy and execution in the broader specialty chemicals market. We look forward to his contributions and perspective.”

Don Bramley, Managing Director at Audax, said, “As a leader in the specialty chemicals industry, Chris brings relevant and valuable experience to the ICP Board of Directors. His depth of experience with both private and publicly traded companies will be an asset to the ICP team as the Company enters the next phase of growth.”

“The ICP team and Audax have done a great job of building a leading platform in the specialty coatings, adhesives, and sealants industry. I’m looking forward to working with Doug, Don and the rest of the Board on the many opportunities ahead,” said Chris Pappas.

 

About ICP Group

ICP Group is a leading formulator and manufacturer of specialty coatings, adhesives, and sealants serving the construction and industrial end markets. ICP Group is organized into two separate business groups, ICP Building Solutions Group and ICP Industrial Solutions Group, comprised of market leading brands known for innovation, quality, and performance. Founded in 2015, ICP Group has scaled rapidly through organic and acquisition growth into one of the largest coatings, adhesives, and sealants companies in North America. ICP Group is headquartered in Andover, MA and has manufacturing and distribution sites throughout North America, Latin America, and the Asia Pacific region. For more information, visit www.icpgroup.com.

About Audax Private Equity

Audax Group is a leading alternative investment manager with offices in Boston, New York, and San Francisco. Since its founding in 1999, the firm has raised over $30 billion in capital across its Private Equity and Private Debt businesses. Audax Private Equity has invested over $7 billion in more than 140 platforms and over 1,000 add-on companies, and is currently investing out of its $3.5 billion, sixth private equity fund. Through its disciplined Buy & Build approach, Audax Private Equity seeks to help platform companies execute add-on acquisitions that fuel revenue growth, optimize operations, and significantly increase equity value. With more than 300 employees, Audax is a leading capital partner for North American middle market companies. For more information, visit the Audax Private Equity website: www.audaxprivateequity.com or follow Audax on LinkedIn.

 

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ICP’s List N Disinfectants Effective Against COVID-19 Delta Variant

U.S. EPA expects Fiberlock and Benefect products will kill all strains of SARS-CoV-2

NORTON, Ohio – August 18, 2021 – ICP’s Environmental Restoration Group (ICP ERG), a leading supplier of professional abatement and remediation products to address environmental, safety, and health hazards has announced that the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) confirmed efficacy of their Benefect and Fiberlock disinfectants against all strains of SARS-CoV-2, including the Delta Variant. Benefect and Fiberlock are on the EPA’s List N.

ICP’s List N disinfectant products effective in real-world situations against COVID-19 include:

According to the EPA statement, the agency “expects all products on List N to kill all strains of SARS-CoV-2. Genetic changes to the virus do not impact the efficacy of disinfectants. List N disinfectants work by chemically inactivating viruses.”

ICP also recently announced that its Benefect® products were certified as the first and only 100%-biobased disinfectant technology by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Benefect Decon 30 Disinfectant and Botanical Disinfectant Wipes are made with plant-derived essential oils that are proven to kill 99.99% of bacteria, while boasting the highest safety rating allowable by the EPA – meaning less liability for restoration professionals and facility managers.

Additionally, the company’s Fiberlock IAQ 2500 was tested against and proven to kill SARS-CoV-2 virus on hard non-porous surfaces in 60 seconds.

For more information, please visit www.benefect.com or www.fiberlock.com. Other news and information can be found on the ICP website at www.icpgroup/news-resources.

 

About ICP Environmental Restoration Group
ICP Environmental Restoration Group (ERG) is the leading supplier of professional abatement and remediation products to address environmental, safety and health hazards. For more information, visit www.icpgroup.com.

About ICP Building Solutions Group
ICP Building Solutions Group is the foremost supplier of professional products and solutions for building envelope, cementitious and sports surface needs. Comprising dozens of industry-leading brands across numerous industries and applications, ICP Building Solutions Group offers the industry’s most comprehensive portfolios to building professionals all over the globe, all backed by its exclusive MasterWorks training and education program. For more information, visit www.icpgroup.com.

About ICP
Innovative Chemical Products (the ICP Group) is a leading specialty chemical manufacturer in North America and provides coatings, adhesives and sealants globally. With operations headquartered in Andover, Massachusetts, and multiple manufacturing facilities around the world, ICP serves multiple end markets, including building materials, specialty construction, industrial, packaging, printing and sports surfaces. ICP Group is privately held and manufactures products under several recognized specialty groups. For more information, visit www.icpgroup.com.

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