Following the numerous requests for information received regarding the disinfection of equipment and personal protective equipment (PPE) from the Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (hereinafter in the text called "COVID-19"), we communicate the following.
To clean Climbing Technology brand equipment or PPE , the warnings in the instructions for use of each product must be respected.
In particular, chemicals and / or solvents must not be used on the plastic components and textile parts of a product as they could damage the product itself and compromise its safety. The indication of disinfection using quaternary ammonium salts (diluted ammonia solution), present in the instructions for use, is not recommended as it has not been verified by scientific studies regarding anti-COVID-19 sanitization. Other sanitizing methods, for example steam at a temperature> 100 ° C (212 ° F) and the use of ozone, are not applicable on the products as they could cause irreparable damage to the structure of the components of the products themselves.
The only products tested and recommended for anti-COVID-19 sanitization are water and neutral soap.
The sanitation methods listed below allow to significantly reduce the risk of contamination, but cannot be 100% guaranteed as, to date, there are no reliable scientific studies on this matter.
EXTERNAL REFERENCES USED
The disinfection methods were defined using the article “Stability of SARS-CoV-2 in different environmental conditions. Lancet Microbe 2020 ” , to date certainly one of the most authoritative texts on the fight against COVID-19.
RECOMMENDED DISINFECTION METHODS
Choose one of the two methods below:
1) QUARANTINE PERIOD.
Place the equipment or PPE in a well ventilated place, away from heat sources, for at least 7 days at an aeration temperature not lower than 25 ° C (77 ° F).
2) HAND WASH WITH WATER AND NEUTRAL SOAP.
Hand wash the equipment or PPE in hot water at a temperature between 40 ° C (105 ° F) and 50 ° C (122 ° F) with neutral soap (dosing 1 part of soap every 49 parts of water by weight), for a duration of at least 15 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with clean water. Then leave the product to dry in a well-ventilated place 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 characteristics of the product. Warning! After washing a PPE, before its next use, proceed with a thorough check of the product as indicated in the instructions for use.
IMPORTANT! Due to the lack of consolidated 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 products from COVID-19.