Hosting a sporting event in the world of COVID-19 means cleanliness and safety are more crucial than ever. At this year’s 3M Open, 3M Food Safety played a critical role in ensuring food served to players, staff and volunteers at the tournament was prepared safely, with solutions that help monitor and maintain a high standard of environmental cleanliness.
The 3M™ Clean-Trace™ Hygiene Monitoring and Management System, which is used to rapidly verify that the standards of hygiene and sanitation have been done effectively, contributed to making 3M Open a safe event.
Though the system cannot be used to detect viruses, including Coronavirus, 3M™ Clean-Trace™ will detect ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate), a chemical found in all living cells. The system measures the amount of ATP in a sample as an indicator of cleanliness. ATP is a highly efficient way to verify cleaning because it sees beyond the visual inspection and provides quick and easy quantitative information that verify cleaning procedures are working. What makes this system even more efficient? You can get results within about 8–9 seconds.
Tech Service Manager Burcu Yordem brought the 3M™ Clean-Trace™ system along with her to 3M Open to team up with 3M’s Health Care Business Group USAC Vice President Sebastian Arana and give 3M Brand Ambassadors, actor Josh Duhamel and Minnesota Viking Kyle Rudolph, a quick demo.
Yordem explains how it works:
“After cleaning, the ATP on the surface will be collected using the swab. Once the swab is activated, the ATP will then react with an enzyme called luciferase to produce light. The system will measure that light and report it as Relative Light Units [RLUs]. So, if a sample has an increase in organisms or organic residues, there will be an increase in ATP, and therefore an increase in RLUs…based on the amount of light production, we can determine if the surface has been properly cleaned.”
For ATP testing, Yordem says that there’s no magic cleanliness number that can apply to every facility and every surface. The amount of ATP on a surface after a good clean depends on a number of factors, including the material it’s made out of, the age of the surface and how often it’s cleaned.
To better understand the cleanliness of a given surface, Yordem suggests you start swabbing after a good clean to generate data for a defined period of time. She says to see this time as an investment, where you may want to swab more than you would usually do. The generated information will help you develop a baseline of internal cleanliness data that you can to compare to over time.
The 3M™ Clean-Trace™ system is currently used across businesses, including food manufacturing and health care locations, to help ensure a clean environment. Samples can be taken from surfaces such as tools, equipment, or even cell phones.