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Environmental Regulations

Eco-Friendly Disinfection with Oxitrate

Oxitrate is the most eco-friendly cleansing system approved for use in the food manufacturing industry of Scandinavia and one of the most efficient disinfecting agents in the world. Due to the EU/EEC directive, biocide directive, chemicals regulation, REACH, and the Hygiene package that have come into force, all food manufactures must examine what cleaning and disinfecting methods will provide the most eco-friendly solution.

The Oxitrate System is delivered with a full-service agreement and comes in a cost-effective package that is easy to install and use. Employees using Oxitrate do not need protective gear and the solution does not need to be gathered in spill-tanks. Unlike similar products on the market, it can be treated as normal wastewater.

Oxitrate’s main active ingredient is Sodium hypochlorite, which comes at a maximum level of 1 ml per liter of water. The emission level of this is less than 0.3% salinity and usually, the emission will be half of this amount. This means the Oxitrate System’s emission values are so low, that it is not required to follow biocide regulations.

Water has an average salinity of 3.5%. Electrostatic/electrolytic treatment of the water is the secret behind the low value, since the treatment greatly improves the agent’s disinfecting ability. Once exposed to fresh air for a short while, the biocide effect is greatly reduced, eliminating any risk to the environment or personal health. This is a considerable breakthrough!

Oxitrate’s cleansing system eliminates the use of dangerous chemicals, but still gives a quick and affordable cleansing while reducing downtime during the disinfection process. Thus, the food manufacturer can be confident that none of their products, employees, or the environment are exposed to any danger; plus, this system provides a great economical benefit.

Oxitrate satisfies all EU/EEC directives without any additional measures by the food manufacturing industry. It’s also registered in the Product guide and Probase EU, and is exempt from central approval, due to not containing any toxins.

Disinfection and Control of Drinking Water

Drinking water regulation states the drinking water from water works must always be disinfected. The disinfection must inhibit the receiver from getting active contamination particles in the water. The process must be performed correctly, securely, and the water must not contain particles that make the process less efficient, or lead to the formation of unwanted particles before it is disinfected.

The regulation also describes parameters, methods, and limits one has to control, to ensure the water is free from contamination. It is analyzed for bacteria naturally found in mammal and bird intestines, not for contamination agents. This bacterium is called “indication bacterium” and indicates the presence of fecal contamination. The water works must regularly examine all water that comes to them.

The water from the water works has drinking water quality, but risk of contamination through the distribution process remains. A few examples of this include: fecal contamination from birds in open pools, intake of wastewater in leaky pipes, and cross-linking of draining and drinking water. Clogged drain pipes, or those with small capacity during rainfalls, have led to flooding and contamination of ground and surface water sources. Although the water works have disinfection agents, the fecal strain may be too high for the normal disinfection process to deactivate all the microbes.

The Food Safety Authority approves and supervises the water supply systems, approves water treatment products, revises regulation, guides, and gives information on important and useful issues in the drinking water sector.

Protection of Ballast Water

Releasing ballast water that ensures the stability of ships and platforms is a topic of increased concern. To control the spread of alien marine species via ballast water, governments approved an international treaty in 2004. However, global regulations have not come into force internationally, as only 22 countries have signed the treaty—that’s 65% gross tonnage of the world’s merchant fleet.

Spreading polluted ballast water with alien species may be one of the greatest threats to the natural balance of global biodiversity. Environmental damages as a result of pollution in the ballast water are inaccurate, irregular, and pollution will increase with global shipping. This is an issue of great concern.

Unloading polluted ballast water can hurt the natural balance in local marine environments. To stall the issue of invading species, the EPA created regulations on ballast water release applicable to all vessels.

Regulations say ballast water cannot be released or replaced within certain exclusive economic zones. If cleansing must take place, proper techniques must be applied, tests must be performed before discharging, and the ship’s captains must record that everything has been done accordingly.

Oxitrate can eliminate all species and organisms in a polluted ballast tank when they are filtered properly. Oxitrate can also be produced onboard while in transit, in an OCDW apparatus, which can then be added directly to the ballast tanks.