Uses & Benefits
Every day, products containing antimicrobial ingredients help keep our homes, schools, offices, and other public places clean and hygienic. By helping to prevent the growth of unwanted microbes, antimicrobial chemicals can help keep people from getting sick.
Kitchen counters, office desks, bathroom sinks, and other high-traffic areas in homes and offices may accumulate germs that can make people sick. There is a difference between cleaning, disinfecting and sanitizing. Cleaning products without antibacterial/antimicrobial ingredients will clean the surface, but they will typically not kill the germs on it.
Hospitals and Healthcare Settings
Antimicrobials in disinfectants and sterilizers kill bacteria and viruses to help keep patient, operating, and emergency rooms free of germs. Beyond these critical uses, hospitals and doctors’ offices also use antimicrobial products to regularly kill germs on floors, walls, and medical equipment. These are the everyday acts that help protect human health and help prevent the spread of infections that would otherwise pose real dangers to patients, doctors, and nurses.
Antimicrobial use protects industrial processes, water treatment systems, food processing facilities, and other critical operations. For example, cooling towers, which regulate heating, ventilation, and air conditioning in apartment and office buildings or large industrial facilities, are especially prone to microbial growth. If unchecked and untreated, microbe-infested waters can disperse into the air. Bacteria can also cause slime buildup within the systems resulting in malfunctions. This is why cooling water systems must be treated with antimicrobials to kill dangerous bacteria that could make people sick and cause costly damage.
These types of pesticides [PDF] help slow the growth of human pathogenic microorganisms and are used in food processing plants, dairies, breweries, poultry houses and other animal feeding operations, hospitals, medical and dental clinics and offices, municipal drinking water and water treatment facilities, swimming pools, spas, schools, day-care centers, public access facilities, and homes.