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EPA warns against drones to spray disinfectants and fight COVID-19

EPA warns against drones to spray disinfectants and fight COVID-19

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) warns against the use of drones, fogging, fumigation, and electrostatic spraying to apply disinfectants to help fight COVID-19, unless the product’s label provides specific instruction in how to do so, according to a recent post on the agency’s website.

EPA warns against drones to spray disinfectants and fight COVID-19

The EPA says that it has not yet evaluated the safety and efficiency of any disinfectant being used in this way, unless it specifically says so on the product label. Although the agency admits that it’s still working through applications to add directions for using electrostatic sprayers to apply products that help kill COVID-19.

“As new data emerge, EPA may consider allowing registrants to add directions for use with UAV (unmanned aerial vehicles) to the labels of disinfectants products for large, indoor areas (e.g., stadiums, arenas),” says the EPA’s website. “UAV application would be limited to surfaces specified on the label (e.g., hard nonporous surfaces). EPA may require efficacy data or standardized label language to protect human health. Registrants are encouraged to contact EPA to request pre-submission discussions for these types of submissions.”

Cleaning professionals are advised to follow the guidelines and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention until the EPA comes out with a different ruling, reports CleanLink.

EPA warns against drones to spray disinfectants and fight COVID-19

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