Safe for animals, staff and the environment. How the European Chemicals Agency is improving disinfectants in the animal industry.
At Safe4 we always welcome regulations in the animal biosecurity industry that are there to improve the safety of animals, safety of the staff using the products, the environmental effects of using biosecurity products and provide more guarantees to people who need to use these products that what manufacturers claim the products are effective against is actually true. We have products that are safe for animals, staff and the environment and believe everyone should be using these types of products.
The European Chemicals Agency through it’s Biocidal Products Registration is going to ensure that disinfectants and companies that manufacture them are safe for the animals and staff using them and for the environment. A lot of the misrepresentations that in the past have existed within the animal industry and have been hurtful to animals, staff involved and biosecurity protocols and the environment will be a thing of the past. These changes have not come into effect yet but we’ve already noticed many of our competitors have started to change the way they label their products and advise about biosecurity protocols.
Below we want to advise about some general misrepresentations commonly found in the animal industry and how to spot them. It is always a good idea to look at a product’s safety data sheet and demand to look at test results.
Safety of animals:
Products that are being used to disinfect animal’s living quarters can be dangerous to them. Whilst Safe4 has been specifically designed to replace harsh chemicals that could damage the skin of animals or chemicals that are dangerous to inhale many other disinfectants aren’t like Safe4. An animal coming into contact with these disinfectant even when they’re diluted with water can cause burns on their skin. Much like an itch or a burn in a human if a mammal like a dog or a cat suffers a burn on their skin they may lick or smell the area to discover why it doesn’t feel right. Ingestion by licking or inhalation by smelling of these hazardous chemicals is dangerous for animals. Within our industry some of our competitors misrepresent the biosecurity protocols that must be used when using their products. This behaviour, puts animals at risk.
Staff using the products:
The misrepresentation of biosecurity protocols in disinfectant with hazardous chemicals is also a risk to staff using the products. They can suffer skin burns, poisoning, inhale dangerous chemicals. The impounding chest hazard pictogram picture below is a very serious concern to animals and staff involved in biosecurity protocols. It is a serious health hazard. What does it mean?
According to the European Chemicals Agency this symbol means the product:
may be fatal if swallowed and or enters airways (inhaled)
May cause damage to organs
May damage fertility to unborn child
May cause cancer and or is suspected of causing cancer
may cause genetic defects, allergy
May cause asthma symptoms if breathed in.
Pretty scary stuff, we don’t want to have to wear hazmat suits to disinfect a kennel!
Our products do not contain phenols, alcohols or aldehydes and are biodegradable. They’re not a threat to aquatic life, plants or the environment. This makes disinfecting in garden areas or disposing of the product simple and environmentally friendly. Other products are not biodegradable and or are a threat to aquatic life, plant life and the environment. They should be disposed of containers for hazardous waste that need to be disposed of appropriately. They cannot be released into the environment, poured down a sink or toilet.
All of the above concerns are something you should be thinking about. At Safe4 we’re always willing to advise you about any of the above and what it means for you animal biosecurity needs. Keep the animals in your care safe, your staff safe and the environment safe by voting with your wallet for disinfectant products that care about these.