30 April 2020
COVID-19 / RECOMMENDATIONS AND METHODS OF DISINFECTION
As a result of the numerous requests for information about the disinfection of equipment and personal protection equipment (P.P.E.) against Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (hereinafter named “COVID-19”), we proceed here with the following communication.
In order to clean equipment or P.P.E. by Climbing Technology, you must comply with the warnings provided in the instructions for use of each product.
In particular, chemicals and/or solvents should not be used on any plastic components and textile parts of the product, as they may damage the product itself and compromise its safety. The advice regarding the use of quaternary ammonium salts (dilute ammonia solution) for disinfection, provided in the instructions for use, is not recommended as it has not been verified by scientific studies regarding the sanitization against COVID-19. Other sanitization methods, such as the use of steam at temperature > 100°C (212°F) and the use of ozone, are not applicable on these products as they could cause irreparable damages to the structure of the components of the products themselves.
The only substances tested and recommended for the sanitization against COVID-19 are water and neutral soap.
The sanitization methods hereinafter listed allow you to significantly reduce the risk of contamination, but they are not 100% guaranteed as, to date, there are no reliable scientific studies about this.
The methods for disinfection described here use the article “Stability of SARS-CoV-2 in different environmental conditions. Lancet Microbe 2020”, as a scientific reference. To date, this is surely one of the most authoritative documents regarding the fight against COVID-19.
RECOMMENDED METHODS OF DISINFECTION
Choose one of the two methods below:
1) PERIOD OF QUARANTINE.
Leave the equipment or the P.P.E. in a well-ventilated place, away from heat sources, for at least 7 days at a temperature of ventilation not lower than 25°C (77°F).
2) HAND WASH WITH NEUTRAL SOAP AND WATER.
Hand wash the equipment or the P.P.E. in hot water, at a temperature between 40°C (105°F) and 50°C (122°F) with neutral soap (mixing 1 part of soap to 49 parts of water, in weight), during at least 15 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with clean water. Then leave the product to dry in a well-ventilated place and away from heat sources, as indicated in the instructions for use. This washing procedure can be repeated several times as it does not alter the product’s properties. Caution! Following the washing of a P.P.E, and before its use, carry out a thorough inspection of the product as indicated in the instruction for use.
IMPORTANT! Due to the lack of established and reliable scientific studies, what is reported in this document and in the instructions for use of Climbing Technology products does not guarantee definitive and certain results in the sanitization/disinfection of the products against COVID-19.