News Release, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
WASHINGTON(July 7, 2020) —Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)is takingaction to ensure that Americans are able to disinfect public spaces effectively and efficiently to control SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. The newly released guidance outlines what information registrants need to submit in order to expedite thereview of requests to add electrostatic sprayer application directions todisinfectant product labelsfor use against SARS-CoV-2.
“Cleaning and disinfecting surfaces continues to be an effective way to reduce the spread of the virus,”said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler.“With this guidance, EPA is ensuring offices, schools, and local governments have access to as many effective and approved surface disinfectant products as possible—including those designed to disinfect large indoor spaces.”
Electrostatic spraying has drawn increased interest through the public health emergency because of the need to disinfect large indoor spaces(e.g., schools, offices, businesses) or areas withmanysurfaces. Unlike conventional spraying methods, electrostaticsprayersapplya positive charge to liquid disinfectants as they pass through the nozzle. The positively charged disinfectant is attracted to negatively charged surfaces,which allows for efficientcoatingofhard nonporous surfaces.
EPA’snew guidancecovers requests to add electrostatic spraying directions to both new andcurrently registered disinfectant products—including those onEPA’s List N: Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2 —that require review underPesticide Registration Improvement Act (PRIA). Today’s guidance builds on EPA’s previously announcedexpedited reviewof certain submissions for products intended for use against SARS-CoV-2.
When using these products, always follow the directions and safety information on the label.A disinfectant product’s safety and effectiveness may change based on how it is used. If a product’s label does not include disinfection directions for electrostatic spraying, EPA has not reviewed any data on whether the product is safe and effective when used by this method.
EPA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently releasedupdated guidanceto help facility operators and families properly clean and disinfect spaces. The guidance provides step-by-step instructions for public spaces, workplaces, businesses, schools, and homes. EPA has compiled alist of disinfectantproducts, including ready-to-use sprays, concentrates, and wipes, that can be used against COVID-19.
For information on EPA’s efforts to help address the novel coronavirus, visit: https://www.epa.gov/coronavirus.