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What is EPA Emerging Pathogens List & Why is it Important?

Keeping employees and guests safe during a pandemic is your top priority. It’s not always easy to understand how to accomplish this, but there are resources you can use. The United States Environmental Protection Agency Emerging Pathogens list can be a great source of help, but can be complicated and even a bit confusing on its own.

How the EPA Emerging Pathogen List Works

Emerging infectious diseases/pathogens are defined by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease as those “that have newly appeared in a population or have existed but are rapidly increasing in incidence or geographic range.” Established and well-understood pathogens are far more predictable than emerging viral pathogens, like the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, which causes the illness COVID-19. 

This means that few EPA-registered disinfectant products will clearly state on the label they are effective against this particular pathogen. When you’re working so hard to maintain a healthy and safe environment, knowing which products you can trust is essential. For this reason, the EPA created a voluntary two-stage process to enable use of specific EPA-registered products against pathogens not identified on the product label. Emerging viral pathogen protocols were triggered on January 29, 2020 for SARS-CoV-2. 

The Emerging Pathogens list includes products known to be effective against harder-to-kill viruses, indicating their effectiveness against a weaker, emerging pathogen. 

What You Should Know About the Emerging Pathogens List and COVID-19

Managing a place of business during a global pandemic is difficult, complicated and frustrating work. In addition to personal protective equipment, updated cleaning protocols and an extended framework for navigating this crisis, you’ll have to also make time to become an expert on disinfectant products. 

This is where it becomes more efficient, more effective and more comfortable to call in the experts. You have enough new responsibilities created by the pandemic; the last thing you need is the pressure of making sure every cleaning product in your arsenal is effective against this emerging threat. 

The Emerging Pathogens list is vitally important, but that doesn’t mean you have to become an expert on it personally. Our system provides long-lasting protection that keeps killing pathogens, even on soft surfaces like carpet and upholstery. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you maintain a safe, healthy environment with ease.

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