WHO WE ARE
ULTRONICS is a division of Dentronix Inc., an industry-leading manufacturer of dental products. In the 1980’s, the outbreak of AIDS and increased occurrences of Hepatitis in health care settings caused the American Dental Association to upgrade its infection control guidelines. Hospital-level disinfectants with virucidal activity and proven effectiveness against HIV replaced alcohol and sanitizers in the healthcare field. Ultrasonic cleaning became the standard, eliminating hand-scrubbing of dental and surgical instruments in the pre-cleaning phase. With direct access to this knowledge and technology, Ultronics designed disinfectant and cleaning systems encompassing every segment of the salon, barber shop, day spa and nail salon.
ULTRONICS was established in 1988 as a separate business unit of Dentronix for diversification into new markets and is currently active in the cosmetology, barber and nail industry. We also provide products for the medical, optical, podiatry, veterinary and law enforcement professions.
What has been the standard in infection control procedures in the healthcare field has become an innovation to the cosmetology/barber/nail industries as regulation and compliance have intensified for these trades.
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT DISINFECTING
Sanitizing and Disinfecting surfaces and implements are not options. They are REQUIRED BY LAW!
Let’s define some common Infection Control terminology:
Cleaning: removal of visible debris from an implement or surface. This is most often accomplished by using soap and water and is an essential step prior to disinfecting or sterilizing.
Sanitization: lowering the number of germs on surfaces or objects to a safe level, as judged by public health standards or requirements. This process works by either cleaning or disinfecting surfaces or objects to lower the risk of spreading infection.
Disinfection: chemical processes that eliminate most micro-organisms on non-living surfaces and implements. Disinfectants are chemical products that destroy bacteria, fungi and viruses (but not bacterial spores). To disinfect an implement or surface, you must first pre-clean with soap and water. For disinfection to be compliant, you must use, at minimum, an EPA-registered, hospital-grade disinfectant that is mixed according to the manufacturer’s directions. Your implements must soak for a minimum of 10 minutes, or surfaces must stay wet for 10 minutes, or according the manufacturer’s directions.
Sterilization: a process that completely destroys all microbial life, including bacterial spores. Sterilization is accomplished by using an FDA-cleared device that employs heat or chemical action to destroy all potentially dangerous organisms. It is important that maintenance and testing be performed on sterilizers per manufacturer’s recommendations.
All implements, once disinfected and/or sterilized, must be stored in a clean, dry, covered container prior to use.
AGENCIES INVOLVED IN INFECTION CONTROL PRODUCTS AND PROCEDURES
EPA (The Environmental Protection Agency) regulates disinfectants and sterilants used on environmental surfaces. In the United States, chemical germicides formulated as sanitizers, disinfectants, or sterilants are regulated in interstate commerce by the Antimicrobials Division, Office of Pesticides Program, EPA, under the authority of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) of 1947. Under FIFRA, any substance or mixture of substances intended to prevent, destroy, repel, or mitigate any pest (including micro-organisms but excluding those in or on living humans or animals) must be registered before sale or distribution.
FDA (United States Food and Drug Administration) the government agency that regulates germicides that are used in healthcare settings for instruments that penetrate human tissue (critical instruments) or touch mucous membranes (semi-critical instruments).
CDC (Centers for Disease Control) guides the public on how to prevent and respond to infectious diseases in both health-care settings and at home. With respect to disinfectants and sterilants, part of CDC’s role is to inform the public of current scientific evidence pertaining to these products, to comment about their safety and efficacy, and to recommend which chemicals might be most appropriate or effective for specific micro-organisms and settings.
OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) an agency of the US Department of Labor tasked with protecting the welfare of the American worker. Its mission is to prevent work-related injuries, illnesses, and occupational fatality by issuing and enforcing standards for workplace safety and health.
State Guidelines – each state has an agency that creates regulations for various trades. The salon, spa, nail, and barber trades are regulated by state boards. We have provided contact information for those groups at this site.
JUST SO YOU KNOW
All disinfectants legally sold in the USA fall under the guidelines of the EPA and are categorized as pesticides. Look for EPA registration information on the label.
ULTRONICS disinfectants are EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) approved. They also comply with CDC (Center for Disease Control), OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Association) Bloodborne Pathogen Standard and your State Regulations.