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Podcast Series: Professional Carpet Cleaners and Restorers Podcast
The Professional Carpet Cleaners and Restorers Podcast (PCCRP) is new in the industry discussing informative information without offering advice that could be construed to be misleading, discouraging, malicious, and outside our professional knowledge and experience.
This week we discuss the meters used in Restoration.
Moisture meters, thermal cameras, air pumps, swabs, ATP are just a few.
Are we using the meters correctly, and are we quantifying the results correctly?
We find out about the equipment, correct uses, equipment properties and the use of creating protocols with equipment.
What is new in the market, what is coming and how is technology making the industry better?
Types of meters
Quantitative vs. Qualitative
Maintenance and how it can affect your readings
Combining different types of equipment
Training and development of protocols
What is ATP and how does it work
Broadcasted every fortnight discussing topics for small to medium size companies.
Latest Podcast is available now with a new one released every 2nd Friday.
Next Podcast available Friday 29th of January@ 5 pm AEST
This month’s articles
Released this month
- How to complete a JSEA
- How to complete SWMS
- Training Register Checklist
- Introduction to ATP Meters
- How to optimise your Facebook Business Page
- Training Process
- How to complete a Standard Operating Procedure
- Introduction to Moisture Meters — Training Video
What is ATP?
ATP = Adenosine Triphosphate
Universal energy molecule found in all organic matter.
This includes blood, skin, and saliva residues as well as microbes and ATP systems do not differentiate between the different samples.
How ATP Bioluminescence works?
It is a reaction that occurs when a natural firefly enzyme reacts with ATP to create light.
Light is generated in seconds and measured by a luminometer.
Quantity of light emitted is in direct proportion to the amount of ATP present in the sample.
The more light produced, the greater the level of contamination.
60-second self-check calibration every time the instrument is initially powered on
The Ensure has a PD sensor allowing it to stay calibrated for up to 10+ years
ATP Bioluminescence Technology
ATP bioluminescence detects the amount of ATP, which is an indirect measurement of the amount of organic/food residue on a surface that has the potential to support microbial growth and also microbial bio- mass. In simple terms, it measures the dirt or filth on a surface indicating the need for cleaning and sanitizing.
- That means that ATP tests alone cannot confirm the presence or absence of all viruses and other microorganisms. However, ATP testing is a fast, reliable way to confirm the presence or absence of biological matter in a sample area, which is a good indicator of general cleanliness and hygiene levels.
- The detection of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the universal unit of energy in all living cells, immediately determines if surfaces and water sources are clean. ATP cleaning verification system offers remediation operators a handheld system that is easy to use and can be implemented in any size facility.
- New test kits have become available with detection and enumeration of E. coli bacteria. Using a novel bioluminogenic test reaction that generates light when enzymes that are characteristic of E. coli bacteria react with specialized substrates to produce light using specific handheld systems called luminometer.
A general understanding of the building materials, building science, grasp of the conditions and practical knowledge the IICRC S500 standards for “Water Damage” essential for valid and correct testing protocols:
Identifying and gathering information relative to the building, current environmental migrations, past water intrusions incidents and the current occupants may all be part of your synopsis.
3 methods include; but not limited to:
- Swab testing for the presence/absence of indicator sewage organisms or groups of organisms.
- Testing for adenosine triphosphate (ATP) concentrations using a luminometer (light meter).
- Air sampling using aerosol particle counters.
Protocols and measures can show on a sewage remediation loss, the required need to determine extent of contamination in a home/building, along with the sewage testing services after remediation to determine clearance for safe occupancy.
The presence or absence (P/A) when testing a sewage loss, often for one of three groups of viable (living) bacteria.
- Faecal coliform bacteria
- Enterococcus bacteria
- Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacteria
Microbiology of water damage
Indoor and outdoor environments naturally harbour a variety of microscopic life forms termed
microorganisms or microbes. After a water intrusion event, the normal indoor ecology can quickly shift as microorganisms and microbes grow. Restorers should have a basic understanding of the normal and shifting ecologies of water damage events.
Health Effects from Exposure to Microbial Contamination in Water-Damaged Buildings
Microbial contamination associated with water damage in indoor environments is a public health problem. It presents a health risk to both occupants and restoration workers, potentially resulting in a variety of illnesses of an inflammatory, allergic, infectious, and toxic nature. In light of both the recognized and potential health effects associated with microbial contamination in water-damaged indoor environments, restoration professionals should take appropriate measures to protect building occupants, and maximally reduce exposure risks to their workers through training, immunization, and the use of administrative and engineering controls; and personal protective equipment (PPE).
Biological hazards (biohazards) present the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS)
professional with complex challenges. Many and varied biohazards may result from
workplace exposure to organisms, or substances produced by organisms, that threaten
human health. Although workers in cleaning and remediation are at particular risk of exposure to hazardous biological agents, all workplaces harbour the potential for various forms of biohazard exposure, including person-to-person transmission of infectious disease. While prevention and management of biohazards is often the responsibility of occupational or public health personnel, the
generalist OHS professional should understand biohazards and their mechanisms of action, and the importance of vigilance and standard control measures. Armed with this knowledge, the generalist OHS professional can work with occupational health personnel to develop and implement biohazard prevention and mitigation strategies.
Indoor air quality is a specialised area of expertise that is part of “Industrial Hygiene”. Industrial hygiene is the science of protecting and enhancing the health and safety of people at work and in their communities.
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