All Aqueous Ozone Generators Are Not Created Equal

We're proud to announce that every McDonald's location in Greece has adopted stabilized aqueous ozone as an alternative to traditional chemicals for cleaning and sanitizing their restaurant.

That's right: as of last week, installation of on-site stabilized aqueous ozone generators at every McDonald's on mainland Greece and the islands was complete. Further, all McDonald's workers have been trained in the use of this safe, simple, and smart way to clean and sanitize. This is just one more significant step in the ever-growing transition away from traditional, toxic chemicals.

Perhaps more significant than this wide-spread adoption of stabilized aqueous ozone, however, was the rigorous testing that took place at McDonald's for months prior to adoption. This decision was based upon months of research and testing. Many alternative cleaning and sanitizing methods were considered--including multiple types of engineered water generators as well as different types of aqueous ozone generators.

In the end, McDonald's chose safe stabilized aqueous ozone for the cleaning and sanitizing of their foodservice operations.

As McDonald's found out through its comprehensive research and testing process, however, not all aqueous ozone generators are alike. As you consider this now-proven alternative to traditional chemicals, here are a few questions we strongly encourage you to ask as you research the alternatives on your own.

Is It Stabilized Aqueous Ozone? Or "Temporary" Aqueous Ozone?
Without a stabilizing system, aqueous ozone will remain a sanitizer for only 30 minutes at best at the 0.3 ppm level (a level necessary for sanitizing). After that, the aqueous ozone reverts back to water. With the right stabilizer, however, aqueous ozone remains stable as a cleaner and a sanitizer for up to 24 hours--plenty of time for multiple cleaning shifts to "flow and go."

Test after test from independent labs--including the labs McDonald's relied upon--have proven this. Industries around the world have long trusted aqueous ozone to clean and sanitize--and they have relied upon a stabilizer to extend the life of the solution.

IS IT APPROVED TO UL STANDARDS?
Sometimes in our industry, it seems as if people will do and say just about anything to sell a product. Certainly, the janitorial industry strives to keep our world clean and safe. However, "buyer beware" is often the mantra when considering whether a product is simple, safe, and smart to use.

One easy way to screen a product for safety is to look for UL standards of approval--along with a full list of regulatory approvals. Safety is a critical objective for UL testing. If a product is approved to UL standards, you can be sure it has been examined for safety.

Without approval to UL standards on your on-site aqueous ozone generator, we strongly advise staying away.

(1) A stabilization system; and (2) approval to UL standards.
These are two simple, tangible variables to help you decide upon the safest, simplest, and smartest way to clean and sanitize--even in the stringently regulated world of foodservice. Don't settle for anything less.

In Part 2, we'll look at the intangibles when it comes to choosing an alternative on-site cleaner and sanitizer that does not use traditional cleaning chemicals; variables like simplicity, smart technology, and innovative management processes.