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Culligan Middle East helps build safety in workforce


Water treatment specialists Culligan Middle East has developed a sanitiser that imitates the human immune system to protect its 400-strong workforce in response to the COVID-19 outbreak

The company stated that the surface and skin contact sanitiser is now used in sanitisation tunnels where employees are welcomed to work at industrial sites across the UAE every morning.

Thousands of gallons are used in COVID-19 testing stations spraying electrical equipment, quarantine facilities, common areas, personnel transportation, cranes and other equipment.

While a stream of other products have been banned for failure to comply with safety regulations, Culligan Safe Guard 45 H 25 was certified to the highest standards and is in use at ports, hospitals, hotels, construction firms, food manufacturing firms, as well as private and public sector offices.

It is the result of a novel process by the laboratory team at the company’s Dubai Technopark plant to convert an existing water treatment product into one which provides the perfect combination of wide-ranging health protection and very low toxicity to humans.

“When the pandemic broke out we looked for a good hand sanitiser for our staff, but couldn’t find anything suitable in the market,” said Culligan Middle East technical director, Rodger Macfarlane.

“So I put on a lab coat and worked with the team to adapt one of our water treatment products through a novel process.”

With a base of hypochlorous acid, a substance the body’s white blood cells produce naturally to combat infection, it was tested and passed by Dubai Central Laboratory, certified both by Emirates Authority For Standardization & Metrology and Dubai Municipality and independently tested by an accredited UK laboratory.

“This has all happened during a time when Dubai Municipality has banned a large number of other sanitisers for failing to comply with safety specifications,” said Macfarlane.