From keeping our drinking water safe to disinfecting our public transportation systems and hospitals, chlorine chemistry plays a critical role in the manufacturing of thousands of products we depend upon to remain healthy. Whether it’s used in the manufacturing processes or in a final product, chlorine (Cl2) makes our world a safer place.
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, hygiene essentials are in such high demand, that there are now critical supply shortfalls for bleach and bleach-based wipe disinfectants. Underscoring the importance of disinfectants and sanitizer production, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released guidance for retail stores, restaurants, and food services during the pandemic to safeguard workers and consumers. Furthermore, the EPA's Emerging Pathogen Policy states that bleach products can combat COVID-19 when used as directed on hard, nonporous surfaces. Chlorine is the most important ingredient to produce bleach and bleach related products, however, due to chlorine’s corrosive nature, manufacturers need analysis systems that are resistant to metal corrosion, while providing sensitivity and speed.