Commonly used disinfectant products are categorized by the EPA as pesticides. This is because, until recently, all traditional disinfectants contained toxic and/or hazardous ingredients. The Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) controls the labeling, distribution, sale, and use of pesticides. FIFRA requires all pesticide manufacturers to register their pesticides with the U.S. EPA before they are allowed to be marketed.
SpectraSan 24 is the only broad spectrum disinfectant that has been issued a Category (IV) toxicity rating, which is the lowest assigned by the Environmental Protection Agency. SpectraSan 24 is formulated to use around humans and domestic animals, yet is effective enough to kill disease-causing pathogens.
When comparing the effectiveness of disinfectants, lifestyle costs must be considered. Although a product may be less expensive, its negative impact on surface material may require replacing the hard surface more frequently, may increase worker’s compensation claims in a work environment, and may cause environmental damage.
EPA Toxicity Categories