Decontamination Procedures

Procedures for Decontamination & Stabilization of Electronic equipment

 

The first thing to do with any equipment involved in disaster is to ensure that there is no power to the equipment and it is not powered up for any reason. Then focus on stabilizing the equipment as soon as possible to retard the corrosion and contamination. Since corrosion depends on three factors working in concert; humidity, temperature and contaminants. The next step is to reduce the humidity in and around the equipment as soon as possible maintaining a moderate temperature while stabilizing the contaminants. A moderate temperature with low humidity will slow the corrosion rate significantly. Remember timing is very important, the faster the equipment is stabilized the higher the restoration success rate.

Listed below are some initial procedures to stabilize electronic equipment involved in water related disasters using the same guidelines as above.

Flood/Water damage:

  1. Ensure power is removed.
  1. Remove moisture (reduce humidity to less than 50% RH preferably less than 40% RH) using dehumidification.
  1. Maintain moderate temperature.
  1. Disinfect unsanitary or questionable water contaminated equipment with Microban QGC using 2 ounces per gallon of water mixture. Spray outside surfaces of the contaminated equipment.

 

Fire, Smoke, Dust and other Contaminants:

  1. Ensure power is removed.
  1. Remove moisture (reduce humidity to less than 50% RH preferably less than 40% RH) using dehumidification.
  1. Maintain moderate temperature.

Another option is to coat the equipment with a water displacing oil or a corrosion inhibitor. This coating will provide several weeks of protection while decisions are being made concerning course of action to take. This coating must be removed prior to placing the equipment back into service. NOTE: This procedure can not be used on all equipment types and a restoration specialist should be consulted.