PROCESS AND DETERGENTS
                            

 

INDEPENDENT LABORATORY TESTING

Decontamination Test

This study examined the ability of the Esporta Wash System to decontaminate dense soft contents such as athletic equipment and protective fire equipment. Undertaken in November and December of 2002, this report from Caro Environmental Services showed percentage kill values of bacteria, yeast and mold of 99.9997% in both hockey equipment and fire suits. This was the first study that demonstrated that the Esporta Wash System could successfully clean and remove inorganic and organic contaminants.

         

Cleaning Staphylococcus Aureus

Completed in February 2004 with the collaboration of Norwest Labs in Edmonton, this study examined the ability of the Esporta Wash System to kill staphylococcus aureus in hockey gloves, shin pads, helmets and pants. The laboratory results determined kill rates between 99.3 to 99.7%.

Antibacterial Efficacy Testing

This study was completed in June 2004 with HydroQual Laboratories Limited and ZEP Manufacturing of Canada. Its purpose was to perform an antibacterial efficacy test on a specific Esporta detergent intended for use in the Esporta Wash System to properly clean and sanitize sports team equipment.

Four bacterial species were chosen to represent a typical bacterial environment: Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Enterococcus (formerly Streptococcus) faecium.

The test results showed a minimum of 99.99% kill efficacy for these four types of bacteria after 10 minute exposure at 30°C. These results further confirmed that Esporta Wash System detergent was a highly effective antibacterial agent for its intended use in washing of soiled sporting equipment and uniforms.

          

Washing Ability of Highly Sensitive Protective Fabrics

Completed in December 2004, this study examined the ability of the Esporta Wash System to clean and decontaminate highly sensitive fabrics such as NOMEX®, INDURA® and 3M SCOTCHLITE® Reflective Material used in the manufacturing of coveralls and other personal protective gear.

In this case study, traditional laundry and cleaning methods caused significant deterioration of both the garment and the reflectivity levels of the trim.

The laboratory results demonstrated the Esporta Wash System's effectiveness in laundering ensembles, killing bacteria, removing contaminants and retaining optimal brightness while minimizing the impact on thermal protection, colorfastness and wear life.

Antimicrobial Efficiency Testing

Completed in December 2004 with HydroQual Laboratories Limited and ZEP Manufacturing of Canada, this study performed an antibacterial efficacy test on a specific Esporta detergent in the Esporta Wash System to properly clean and sanitize sports team equipment.

The test results found kill rates exceeding 99.9%, thus further confirming the Esporta Wash System detergent as a highly effective antibacterial agent for its intended use in the washing of soiled athletic equipment.

                    

Thermal Protection Evaluation

Completed in December of 2004, this study tested and successfully proved the effectiveness of the Esporta Wash System at retaining the thermal protective abilities of personal protective equipment, namely Nomex IIIA coveralls.

Cleaning Protective Helmets

The study, completed with the Bullard Company, tested the effectiveness of the Esporta Wash System at cleaning protective helmets. The laboratory tests indicated that Bullard Fire Helmets washed in the Esporta Wash System do not show any degradation from their original specification and meet all the requirements of the NFPA 1971- 2000 Edition guidelines.

Cleaning Inorganic & Organic Contaminates

This study was completed in May 2007 by Jeffrey O. Stull of International Personnel Protection, Inc. in conjunction with the University of Alberta.

The study was undertaken to compare Esporta Wash System's laundering processes to that of conventional laundry in terms of soiling removal, chemical contaminant removal, and effects on key firefighter protective clothing properties.

The results verified the Esporta Wash System's superior ability to clean fabrics contaminated with carbon monoxide, inorganic gases, acid gases, aldehydes, polynuclear aromatic compounds and metals, chlorinated compounds and hydrocarbons.

It also demonstrated the Esporta Wash System's ability to successfully remove both organic and inorganic contaminants.

Cleaning Sewage Contaminated Soft Content

This study, conducted by Wonder Makers Environmental in 2007, determined that the Esporta Wash System was capable of removing bacterial contamination from sewage-contaminated soft goods.

As result of this study, the Esporta Wash System has now set the industry standard for the restoration of previously unrecoverable water and sewage contaminated.