In three separate test results recently released, Arcoplast’s line of fiberglass composite panels were subjected to grueling decontamination procedures to determine just how well they could hold up over years of repeated exposure.
The three processes included formaldehyde (H2CO), Chlorine Dioxide (ClO2) and Hydrogen Peroxide Vapor (H202). Each test was performed under similar circumstances by Technical Safety Services, Inc. in a 765 cubic foot decontamination chamber.
In each case, eight samples were placed on stainless steel wire shelving within the chamber. There were (2) ceiling panels, (2) wall panels, (2) sets of modular panels joined with an aluminum extrusion and (2) 90 degree corners with extrusions. The joined and corner panels were sealed using Arcoplast finishing compound – an exclusive, non-porous, impermeable sealant that creates a seamless, bright-white finish.
The formaldehyde test exposed the coupons to a strong dose (8,000 ppm) of the gas. One version featured a four-hour exposure with neutralization, and another featured an eight-hour exposure without neutralization. The hydrogen peroxide test exposed the samples to 6,400 mg per square meter of the vapor in two separate runs of 90 minutes apiece. And finally, in the chlorine dioxide test, the samples were exposed to an aggressive concentration of 8,380 ppm/hr (sterilization has been found as low as 1,000 ppm/hr) for 16 hours on end.
After the tests, all samples passed both the visual inspection and a comparison between untested samples for variation in color, reflectivity, contrast and roughness. There were no discernable differences in the panels despite their prolonged exposure to these common decontamination procedures. This is further proof of the long life and reduced maintenance costs achieved in using Arcoplast panels. Additionally, the antimicrobial gel coat found on each panel further assists in the decontamination process by inhibiting the presence of microbes on the surface.