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Anastasia Swearingen

Although you may not be able to see them, microorganisms like bacteria, viruses, and fungi are everywhere. This is why biocides are used in so many places. Because biocides help kill or prevent the growth of microbes – keeping the public safe – they are used to clean and disinfect homes, medical facilities and public spaces. Also, countless industries, from food production to manufacturing to gas extraction, rely on biocides in their day-to-day operations.

Public Health

The spread of dangerous microorganisms is one of the greatest risks to human health. Pathogens can spread through an insect bite, causing deadly diseases like malaria. They can contaminate food or drinking water with bacteria like E. coli and legionella. The spread is easier in areas where there is great person-to-person contact, such as medical facilities, swimming pools, cruise ships, and hotels. To control these pathogens, the public relies on a variety of antimicrobial products.

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Patient Protection

Biocides are an essential component in the arsenal used to control microbiological contamination in hospitals and other medical facilities. More than 150 years ago, it was understood that microscopic organisms are responsible for many diseases and infections.

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Worker Protection

Microbes can grow and thrive in many industrial settings, causing serious safety hazards to workers. Antimicrobials are used in day-to-day operations and processes to ensure worker safety.

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Manufacturing & Process Protections

Countless industries rely on the judicious use of specialized materials to preserve the integrity of industrial processes.

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Preservation of Material

The world should thrive now and in the future. However, microbes can contaminate and break down many common consumer products including cleaning supplies, cosmetics, paints and coatings, fabrics, and furniture. Biocide products are critical to ensuring longer shelf lives and protecting products from spoilage.

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Environmental Protection

Antimicrobials help minimize human impact on the environment. Antimicrobials help communities reduce, reuse and recycle precious resources.

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