April 17, 2020, Beamsville, Ont. – Clean Works has been approved by Health Canada to join the fight against COVID-19 by sanitizing N95 masks for healthcare workers.
Last year, the company won the Food Safety Innovation Award from the International Association for Food Protection. It has also won the Premiers Innovation award and Ontario Centres of Excellence Mind to Market Award from the Ontario government.
Clean Works, over the past several years, invented a novel system to rid produce of pathogens, moulds and viruses without using water. Recently, the company adapted its production facility in Niagara, Ont., to build equipment specifically for the masks.
The device, called the Clean Flow Health Care Mini, can sanitize up to 800 N95 masks per hour. The company, through its new affiliate Clean Works Medical, has ramped up and is now making 15 of theunits a week.
“We have been using the technology for the past four years in the agri-food industry and are the only company with this level of experience,” says Mark VanderVeen, president of Clean Works. “These units are efficient and cost-effective and mobile for use in-house and on-site.”
Major hospital networks across Canada such as Hamilton Health Sciences, Trillium Health Partners, Niagara Health Region, and Nova Scotia Health Authority have ordered units, as have Toronto EMS and the National Research Council in Ottawa.
The Clean Works process is a firewall against contamination. The food science department at the University of Guelph, Canada’s leading agri-food institution, found it to be 99.99-per-cent effective for the agri-food industry.
The process is waterless, and uses a unique combination of ultraviolet light, vapourized hydrogen peroxide, and ozone to kill harmful pathogens and viruses that are much more resistant than coronavirus.
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