And finally… Dougall Baillie uses electrolysed water to ensure hygienic return to work

Independent consulting engineer Dougall Baillie Associates (DBA) has become an early adopter of an extremely efficient and environmentally sound process for creating a safe and secure workplace as its staff begin the post-COVID return to work.

The East Kilbride-based specialist has engaged the services of Adalec, a newly-established Scottish company providing products which disinfects using electrolysed water.

DBA, which has been active throughout the shutdown to meet demand from clients, is staging a phased re-opening of its HQ and has brought in a new fogging machine from Adalec, which it will use to comprehensively disinfect the entire office on a daily basis.

Scott Macphail, a director of DBA, said: “While the disinfecting properties of electrolysed water have been known for some time, this appears to be a solution which has found its moment, given that it can kill COVID -19.

“The fogging and misting machines create micro-droplets which are dispersed into the air then slowly fall, disinfecting every surface as well as cleaning the air itself, resulting in a hygienically clean space. We have also brought in hand sprayers to cover every eventuality.”

Electrolysed water is created by subjecting a salt solution to an electric current, producing hypochlorous acid, a high-efficacy disinfectant which can clean carpets and upholstery as well as floors, walls, ceilings and equipment.

Ken Adams, who established Renfrewshire-based Adalec earlier this year, said: “Electrolysed water is not only ideal for high-risk contexts such as hospitals, healthcare and food processing environments, it is equally effective in office, entertainment and educational establishments.”

Over the past four months, DBA has been continuing to provide support services to the construction industry in Scotland although it has not yet been able to fully reopen its HQ since it is classed as non-essential.

It has been continuing to win high-profile work in transportation infrastructure projects, particularly complex motorway and road projects. Turnover increased by 10% to £3.3 million in the financial year to April.

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