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Safe treatment processes for BA masks

The novel coronavirus: be on the safe side with MEIKO

When the fire service uses BA masks on assignment, they are contaminated both from the outside, with soot and smoke, and from the inside, in the case of the novel coronavirus – transmitted via respiratory secretions.

The cleaning and disinfection performance of the TopClean M has now been assessed as highly effective against this new pathogen by the independent hygiene laboratory HygCen Germany GmbH.

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  • Use chemicals (Sekumatic FDR or EW80 mat) approved by the PPE manufacturer according to manufacturer guidelines (1 % solution).
  • Contact time of at least 6 minutes (total process run time) between solution and BA masks at a temperature of 60 °C.
  • Temperature, dosing and application time in keeping with chemical manufacturer's guidelines and total process run time all run according to the programme.

Numerous tests have shown high efficacy in combating viruses with envelopes, in particular using detergents with high emulsifying capacities and hot alkali-detergent solutions at 50 °C or higher. Coronaviruses fit into this category.

MEIKO recommends the following products:
Doyen R100, mildly alkaline

Rinse aid/water softener:
In the process, a rinse aid or water softener must also be used, which not only prevents the formation of lime deposits in the machine, but also of mineral residues on the washware. Its decomplexing characteristics will also have a destabilising effect on viruses.

MEIKO recommends the following products:
Doyen SK22E
Doyen SK33E

MEIKO hygiene packages

We have put together special packages and offers featuring selected chemical products to help support you as you deal with the novel coronavirus.

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If you have further questions, you can contact your MEIKO authorised service partner here.


What are the key factors to remember with mechanical treatment of respiratory protective equipment? What steps should be completed in what order? When is it important to wear protective clothing?

Find the answers here (the respiratory protective equipment workshop cycle).

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