novok® is a patented (Patent No. 102018000002334) solution that can quickly decompose formaldehyde molecules on contact, without leaving any residual behind.
Ordinary cleaning products and procedures cannot guarantee a proper decontamination of the surfaces where hazardous spillages occurred, so the untreated residual formalin will keep releasing formaldehyde molecules into the work environment.
On the contrary, novok® allows the healthcare staff to perform a deep decontamination inside their workplace whenever necessary. It is also a good idea to add novok® to daily cleaning procedures, in order to have a healthier work environment and minimum exposure to the hazardous substance.
The challenge of safety in healthcare facilities
Every day, hospital staff handle considerate amounts of formalin in their working activity. As a result of a highly stressful and fast-paced workflow, accidental spillages of formalin occur more often than we think and require a special attention, appropriate training and a complete set of solutions to meet all kinds of safety needs.
The harmful effects of formaldehyde gas
The International Agency for Research on Cancer(IARC) reclassified Formaldehyde as “carcinogenic for human beings” (hazardous substance in terms of “CMR” = Carcinogenic, Mutagenic, toxic to Reproduction). Formalin, an aqueous solution of formaldehyde, is currently the most widely used fixative in anatomical pathology laboratory and embalming. Being such a light and highly volatile molecule, formaldehyde has a tendency to evaporate very easily, whenever a spillage or a leakage occurs. Acute exposure to formaldehyde may trigger many short-term deleterious effects: allergic reactions, difficulty breathing, asthma attacks, respiratory irritation, headaches, burning eyes etc.
The weakness of current spill-response solutions
- Ordinary formaldehyde neutralizers need a long time to take effect.
- The lack of solutions against ordinary formalin contamination.
It is not enough to just be equipped with an emergency response kit for the management of big formalin spillages. Minor ones can occur on a daily basis. Ordinary clean-up procedures cannot completely remove the residual formalin: the surface will remain contaminated and keep releasing formaldehyde gas into the environment. Even if the amount is not appreciable, it is still considered a safety concern.