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HFI announces first recipient of the Clean for Healthful Environments award

January 13, 2014

PRESS RELEASE
The Healthy Facilities Institute (HFI) Announces the First Recipient of the Clean for Healthful Environments (CFHE) Award

BOISE, ID — The Healthy Facilities Institute (HFI) is pleased to announce Advanced Vapor Technologies (AVT) as the first recipient of the Clean for Healthful Environments (CFHE) Award.

“AVT, as a member-in-good-standing of both IEHA  and ISSA, manufactures and markets to the facilities community a steam vapor sanitation device with extensive supporting science showing efficacy, including peer-reviewed research,” said Allen Rathey, president of HFI. “In addition to field measurements showing efficacy in ATP reduction, the independent scientific data supporting AVT’s marketing claims are freely available on the organization’s website,” http://www.advap.com/reports, and include:

  • N1: Testing Antimicrobial Action on Hard Surfaces: describes the procedures for determining the efficacy of a steam vapor device tested against 10 representative challenge organisms. The procedure was designed to test the kill rate when applied to contaminated hard porous surfaces and is based on the AOAC Official Method 961.02 Germicidal Spray Products...18 pages. Nelson Labs, No 274841, Nov 2004
  • N1A: Condensed Summary showing results for Steam Vapor Device used on inoculated hard porous surfaces, at three different exposures times: 7 sec, 10 sec and 30 sec for each organism tested. Nelson Lab Report No. 274841, Nov 2004
  • N2: Testing Steam Vapor Device w/TANCS for Virucidal Effectiveness against Norwalk and Norwalk like viruses on unglazed clay test coupons; two time points of 7 and 10 seconds. MICROBIOTEST Proj # 567-102, June 2006
  • N3: Testing Steam Vapor Device w/TANCS for Virucidal Effectiveness against Canine parvovirus on unglazed clay test coupons at a single time point of 7 seconds. MICROBIOTEST Proj # 567-105, Dec 2006
  • N4: Testing Steam Vapor Device w/TANCS for Virucidal Effectiveness against Avian influenza on unglazed clay test coupons at a single time point of 7 seconds. MICROBIOTEST Proj # 567-106, Dec 2006
  • N5: Testing Steam Vapor Device w/TANCS for Efficacy at Ultra-Low Contact Times of 0.5, 1.0, 2.0 and 5 seconds, using 6 challenge organisms plus virus surrogate MS2. ATL, PT 513, July 2007
  • N6: Testing Steam Vapor Device w/TANCS for Efficacy at Ultra-Low Contact Times of 0.5, 1.0, 2.0 and 5 seconds using MRSA and VRE contaminated coupons, data and kill time chart. ATL PT507, Aug 2007
  • N7: Testing Steam Vapor Device w/TANCS for Efficacy against C. difficile endospore on unglazed clay coupons at time points of 5, 10 and 30 seconds. ATL PT506, Sep 2007
  • N8: Qualitative Comparison Study of 4 Disinfection Technologies, including Steam Vapor Device w/TANCS and common hospital grade disinfectants, 5 pages. ATL PT508, Sep 2007
  • N9: Testing Steam Vapor Device w/TANCS for Efficacy at Ultra-Low Contact Times of 0.5, 1.0, 2.0 and 5 seconds for 8 organisms including MRSA and VRE, with time kill-curve generation, 3 pages. ATL PT505, Oct 2007
  • N10: Testing Steam Vapor Device w/TANCS for Efficacy at Ultra-Low Contact Times of 0.5, 1.0, 2.0 and 5 seconds against Shigella and E. coli. ATL PT504, Oct 2007
  • N11: Quantitative Comparison Study of 4 Disinfection Technologies including Steam Vapor Device w/TANCS, 5 second dwell time, 4 pages. ATL PT509, Sep 2007
  • N12: Results for Efficacy using Steam Vapor Device w/TANCS applying 5 intermittent contacts of 1 second each to inoculated test surface to replicate ordinary 'cleaning motion', 3 organisms. ATL PT502, Nov 2007
  • N13: Testing Steam Vapor Device w/TANCS for Efficacy at Ultra-Low Contact Times of 0.5, 1.0, 2.0 and 5 seconds against A. baumannii on hard, porous, unglazed clay coupons, with data and time kill-curve. ATL SOP C-005, July 2008
  • N14: Testing Steam Vapor Device w/TANCS for Efficacy at Ultra-Low Contact Times of 0.5, 1.0, 2.0, and 5.0 seconds against K. pneumoniae NDM-1 (aka CRKP) on hard, porous, unglazed clay coupons, with Data table and Quantitative graph, 5 pages. ATL NG2478-A3, Feb 2011
  • N15: Peer reviewed scientific paper, "Reduction in infection risk through treatment of microbially contaminated surfaces with a novel, portable, saturated steam vapor disinfection system", published online in the July, 2008 American Journal of Infection Control. See http://www.ajicjournal.org/article/S0196-6553(08)00557-9/abstract
  • N16: Peer reviewed scientific paper, "Reduction in the microbial load on high-touch surfaces in hospital rooms by treatment with a portable saturated steam vapor disinfection system." See http://digitalreprints.elsevier.com/issue/40750
  • N17: Peer reviewed scientific paper "Biofilms on environmental surfaces: Evaluation of the disinfection efficacy of a novel steam vapor system." See http://www.ajicjournal.org/article/S0196-6553(11)01317-4/abstract

“Advanced Vapor Technologies sets a good example in testing to prove its claims for healthier surface sanitizing and disinfecting,” said Benjamin D. Tanner, Ph.D., President, Antimicrobial Test Laboratories.

“The data indicate the TANCS® Steam Vapor System is more effective and faster than topically applied chemical disinfectants without the associated risks for people," said  Dr. David Mudarri, former EPA senior scientist.

HFI’s award criteria include:

Ø  Company must have peer-reviewed research supporting efficacy claims;

Ø  Company must demonstrate that protecting public health is a key part of its operations or mission statement;

Ø  Company must have at least two public health scientists supporting its claims and providing a reference or testimonial;

Ø  Company must be actively engaged in Measuring for Health™ using Integrated Cleaning and Measurement™ (ICM) principles and therefore must provide field test data showing effective removal of soils affecting health;

Ø  Companies must be IEHA (formerly known as the “International Executive Housekeepers Association”) and ISSA (formerly the “International Sanitary Supply Association”) Members in good standing.