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August 22, 2020

Quick, cost-effective and safe protection against viruses and bacteria

Ground-breaking sanitation products, that effectively reduce the transmission of infectious diseases, has just launched in South Africa.

Hygiene Labs™ based in Australia has developed a holistic range of ‘skin and surface’ products that reduce the spread of germs and diseases through physical contact and droplet transfer.

Hygiene Labs™ has formed a long-term strategic partnership with Daytona Group Holdings under the trading name Hygiene Labs (Pty) Ltd based in South Africa, responsible for the distribution of all Hygiene Labs™ products and technologies throughout the African continent.

“My search for a product that could protect my family from viruses and superbugs began just over three years ago because as a family we suffered a great personal loss to superbugs contracted whilst in hospitals” explains Hygiene Labs South Africa CEO Justin Divaris (well known for his role as founder and CEO of Daytona – sole importers of Aston Martin, McLaren, Pagani & Rolls-Royce). “I was not confident in any products I had found and researched until I discovered Hygiene Labs™ just over 2 years ago. What began as a personal quest to keep my family safe, became an opportunity to provide a cost-effective (R400 per surface & air fogger and from R110 per hand sanitiser foam), simple-to-use (no installation required) and quick solution to homes and businesses alike. I trust these products with my own family, friends and employees, so it made perfect sense to bring them into the South African market at such a critical time” said Divaris.

Infectious diseases can be spread via direct (person-to-person or droplet spread) or indirect (airborne or touching of surfaces) contact, which is why Hygiene Labs™ has spent years developing products using advanced technology to combat the spreading of harmful germs*. Testing carried out by authorities in Sydney has proven that the Antimicrobial Shield is effective against 99.99% of the COVID19 surrogate (MHV3)

Unlike traditional sanitisers that kill germs* by poison or high levels of alcohol, Hygiene Labs™ Hand Sanitiser Foam uses a water-based, bonded coating which kills germs and protects your skin in just one application. Hygiene Labs™ creates an invisible barrier to germs* on your skin and stays active for up to 24 hours even with continual washing. Guaranteed to kill 99.99% of all germs* and safe to use on people, animals and plants. It is available in an alcohol-based and alcohol-free option (water-based) which is as effective as the alcohol-based option, but gentler on the skin, making it ideal for use on children and those with sensitive skin.

Hygiene Labs™ Antimicrobial Shield for the air and surfaces forms an invisible barrier on all types of surfaces, immediately sanitising and eliminating harmful microbes and germs* present. These products contain a unique molecule that attaches and bonds to a surface offering protection for 30 days with one application even with continual cleaning.

Hygiene Labs™ products are effective on the hands for up to 24 hours and surfaces for up to 30 days (even with continual cleaning), whilst regular products tend to only last minutes on the hands and a maximum of four hours on surfaces. What’s more, Hygiene Labs™ products are proven to be effective on textiles (including fabric face masks) for up to 100 washes compared to regular products washing straight out.

Due to its long-acting effectiveness against germs*, viruses, mould and mildew, Hygiene Labs™ is the ideal sanitisation and protection solution for homes and businesses such as doctors rooms, pharmacies, offices, retail stores, gyms, hotels, aeroplanes, child care facilities, schools and universities, cars, buses, users, taxis, restaurants etc. Ensuring a workplace is safe reduces loss in productivity due to staff absence through illness and builds customer confidence in the measures in place to keep them protected.

Hygiene Labs™ has designed and developed a surface & air fogger specifically for the automotive and general road transport sector. The treatment takes six minutes to completely sanitise a vehicle and its air-conditioning system and it lasts for up to 30 days. Manufacturers such as Mercedes-Benz, Honda and Subaru in Australia are making use of this product. In South Africa, Daytona is using it in every Aston Martin, McLaren, Pagani and Rolls-Royce that enters the workshop as well as all test vehicles. The showroom gets treated monthly like a standard practice too.

“Studies have shown that the steering wheel of a car carries more germs than an average public toilet seat, making it crucial for us to protect any-one coming into contact with vehicles or using public transport. Keeping our staff and customers safe during this pandemic is of utmost importance,” explains CEO of Daytona, Justin Divaris. “Not only is this to prevent our staff from falling ill but also to assist in stopping the spread of the virus.”

The biggest challenge facing transport companies is in developing consistent and continual disinfection protocols using traditional cleaning products such as alcohol which have no lasting effect once applied. To be effective, cleaning would need to take place every hour or so which is not possible or economically viable.

Some of the world’s leading airlines, such as Virgin Atlantic, Qantas and Singapore Airlines have adopted the Hygiene Labs™ holistic approach of using surface sanitisers, anti-microbial skin and surface wipes and fogging. The Antibacterial Shield products are Boeing and Airbus approved and are designed to actively disinfect aircraft surfaces for up to 30 days.

Hygiene Labs™ South Africa is based in Melrose Arch. Select products are currently available directly to corporates by contacting Craig Toontas on 082 922 7052 or info@hygienelabs.co.za. Vehicle foggers can be purchased online at www.daytona.co.za. Retail stockists will be announced imminently.

* PROTECTS AGAINST H1N1, Influenza (Asian), Herpes simplex I and II, Staphylococcus aureus (superbug), Escherichia coli (E. coli), Pseudomonas aeruginosa (superbug), Enterococcus hirae, Salmonella enterica, Aspergillus niger (fungus), Ebola Virus, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Streptococcus pneumoniae,
Streptococcus pyogenes, Mycobacterium tuberculosis (TB), to name a few.

*GERMS: include bacteria, virus & fungus

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