Aqueous Ozone is a highly safe and effective cleaning solution; however, it is widely misunderstood. Many people associate the name with ozone gas, yet Aqueous Ozone is very different. Certified safe by many of the leading governing bodies across the world, Aqueous Ozone has been proven to be harmless to people and is shown to be even safer than common cleaning chemicals. In this article, we take a look at some key experiments which address the question of safety when it comes to Aqueous Ozone and iron out a few of the misconceptions surrounding it.
How is Aqueous Ozone safe?
Aqueous Ozone has been around for over a hundred years, during which time it has been used by the military, the Olympics, water treatment plants and deemed safe by the likes of Health Canada, NSF and the FDA. Various tests have shown that Aqueous Ozone has zero health implications and is 100% safe for those who come into contact with it. You can spray it on your hands, onto your food and even if accidently ingested, it will not cause any harm. In fact, Aqueous Ozone is the much safer solution, even when compared to standard cleaning chemicals. Toxic chemicals such as bleach and chlorine-based cleaners are heavily linked to asthmatic and respiratory problems, as well as skin and eye irritation – all things which Aqueous Ozone are not. By comparison, Aqueous Ozone is the much safer option with less harmful effects on anyone who uses it.
The common myths around “ozone” and why Aqueous Ozone is different
Every day, we are surrounded by a certain level of ozone as our planet naturally produces it. It is only in high concentrated doses that it can have any sort of harmful impact. Aqueous ozone does not emit anywhere near enough ozone gas to meet the ‘dangerous level’ threshold considered harmful to our health. Because the ozone is immediately infused with tap water, the powerful cleaning solution is contained, and only tiny quantities of ozone gas are emitted. These quantities are as low as 0.0068% which is well below the 0.10% ‘safe limit’ outlined by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. In fact, organisations across the world who have switched from using cleaning chemicals to Aqueous Ozone have done their own in-house experiments to ensure that the level of ‘ozone’ their cleaning staff are exposed to is 100% safe.
Let’s take a look at the experiments…
We have two separate reports carried out by organisations, showing that the levels of ozone emitted when cleaning with Aqueous Ozone were well within the safe threshold. Both conducted their experiments independently to see whether daily exposure to Aqueous Ozone would have a damaging impact on the health of their staff.
Experiment One: Ball State University Aqueous Ozone Exposure Experiment
The results of the experiment by Ball State University showed that the highest sample of ozone detected in the air over two days was 0.013%. This is well below the Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL) of 0.1%, concluding that even in the highest example of exposure, their housekeeping staff were not exposed to unsafe levels of gases.
Download their full report with findings here: Experiment One: Ball State University Aqueous Ozone Exposure Experiment
Experiment Two: Aqueous Ozone Exposure Experiment
The results of the experiment carried out by the second organisation read as follows:
“No airborne ozone was observed above the laboratory’s limit of detection on any of the samples collected on housekeeping staff. The Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL) for ozone is 0.1 ppm. Therefore, at <0.07 ppm, the measured exposure is below the regulatory limit and does not represent an overexposure.”
Download their full report with findings here: Experiment Two: Aqueous Ozone Exposure Experiment
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