electrical wiring devices and equipment. And without
antimicrobial protection, plants could be harboring
dangerous molds and bacteria that could pose a risk.
A simple, low-cost solution is installing antimicrobial
watertight wiring devices.
Some facilities consider the application of antimicrobial
protection to the surface of their electrical cords and
components to be good enough, but the use of antimicrobial
industrial wiring devices goes beyond that by actually
storing antimicrobial growth inhibitors inside the products
themselves. Embedded protection ensures that when
microorganisms appear on the surface of a protected
wiring device, antimicrobial compounds make contact with
them and disrupt the microorganisms’ attempt to live and
These wiring devices feature antimicrobial additives
embedded into all polymer components to ensure the
suppression of microbial growth throughout the device,
meaning all outside surfaces and hidden inside surfaces.
The additives are gradually released to the surface of the
polymer, providing continuous, long-lasting protection
against the growth of bacteria, molds, mildews and fungi.
The continuous protection against microorganisms works
to prevent the large-scale outbreaks some facilities have
experienced. Never allowing microorganisms to gain a
foothold in your facility can help prevent similar outbreaks.
Ensuring a large, fast-paced food or beverage facility
meets FSMA requirements can feel like a daunting task.
But starting small with easy-to-install components can put
your facility on a fast track to checking off all the preventive
control requirements in your HARPC plan. Turning to
innovative, low-cost solutions, such as antimicrobial wiring
systems, empowers your facility to meet FSMA standards
and cut down on foodborne pathogens. Reducing bacteria
growth at the source ensures that the next time you’re at a
family picnic, you’ll leave feeling satisfied, not sick.
Jeff Seabury is Industrial Product Manager at Legrand.
A key challenge for facilities —
both large and small — when
implementing FSMA standards is
keeping costs low.
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