Engineering consultancy adopts electrolysed water cleaning and disinfection system

DOUGALL Baillie Associates (DBA) has announced it has become an early adopter of an electrolysed water cleaning and disinfection system as its staff begin the post-Covid return to work.

The East Kilbride-based consulting engineer has engaged the services of Adalec, a newly-established Renfrewshire-based company. Adalec products are described as being ‘99.995% efficient’ at killing viruses such as Covid-19, as well as bacteria, fungi and spores. While proprietary chemical cleaning agents are said to be required to be left on surfaces for 15 minutes to work properly, electrolysed water fulfils the same purpose in a few seconds.

DBA is staging a phased re-opening of its HQ and has brought in a new fogging machine from Adalec, which it will use to disinfect the entire office on a daily basis.

Scott Macphail, a director of DBA said, “While the disinfecting properties of electrolysed water have been known for some time, this appears to be a solution which has found its moment, given that it can kill Covid-19. The fogging and misting machines create micro-droplets which are dispersed into the air then slowly fall, disinfecting every surface as well as cleaning the air itself, resulting in a hygienically clean space. We have also brought in hand sprayers to cover every eventuality.”

Electrolysed water is created by subjecting a salt solution to an electric current, producing hypochlorous acid, a disinfectant which can clean carpets and upholstery as well as floors, walls, ceilings and equipment.

Ken Adams, who established Adalec earlier this year, added, “Electrolysed water is not only ideal for high-risk contexts such as hospitals, healthcare and food processing environments, it is equally effective in office, entertainment and educational establishments. It has major eco-benefits compared to mainstream chemical cleaning solutions and, importantly, it is safe and affordable.”

Adalec is targeting markets in the hospitality sector and has won contracts with nurseries and care homes. DBA is its first commercial office client, a sector in which it also hopes to expand.