Tyneside-based marine engineering firm TSG Marine will deploy its sanitisation service, Protect+, to support the energy sector in efforts to mitigate the spread of Covid-19
The Protect+ rapid sanitisation system renders a workplace virus-free, but unlike standard disinfectants that lose effectiveness when dry, a molecular layer is applied to surfaces to kill all viral, bacterial, mould and organisms for up to 30 days.
The company said the molecule uses a physical process rather than a chemical reaction to bond to the surface. The molecules form a barrier of positively charged microscopic spines that attract and pierce pathogens causing them to break up with a neutralising effect. This layer of molecular antimicrobial spines is laboratory tested to carry on working for up to 30 days on surfaces and is not disrupted by regular cleaning practices.
TSG Marine has secured a deal to make the technology available to oil and gas, marine and renewable assets operating in the North Sea and beyond.
TSG Marine managing director Erika Leadbeater said “We work with our customers to design the most appropriate programme for their facilities to reduce risk, identifying high transmission areas, utilising fogging for maximum coverage and spray applications for exterior locations. With training and supplies of top-up fluids for high contact areas, we will work with the infield personnel to educate and inform, keeping their environment safe. On completion, our technicians will issue a certificate of sanitation which customers can use to help reassure workers of their safety.
“We are also bringing temperature monitoring equipment, as we have seen deployed in airports, to help the industry test workers joining facilities for signs of infection. This not only reduces the spread of the virus but ensures those workers showing signs of infection are not putting their own health at risk by travelling offshore.”
This non-contact, fast screening process utilises artificial intelligence to detect elevated temperatures in up to 30 people a second with an accuracy range of +/-0.5oC.