In the early 2000s, the founder of the company, a U.S. Navy diver, found himself aboard ship returning to the United States with lots of time to think. As a gas specialist, he worked with Navy SEAL teams and had specialized knowledge of how gases could be used to sanitize. However, it was not an advanced weapons system threat or anything like that occupying his thoughts on his overseas voyage. Instead, it was coming home to his son’s smelly hockey gear and trying to figure out how to quickly and easily eliminate the bacteria that was causing the smell in order to protect his son. Using his specialized knowledge, he designed a cabinet-based system utilizing a safe ozone sanitizing process.
Fast-forward to 2021, following a lot of experimentation and fine- tuning, and you’ve got Global Ozone Innovations, says Mark Eades, Director of Sales of the company. Global Ozone Innovations provides a variety of sanitization products that use ozone to disinfect equipment and environments.
“Primarily, we are an ozone gas sanitation company,” says Eades. “We have quite a few different units, but for football teams, we have a cabinet we call our freezer chest unit. It was designed to take care of a football team, whether that’s a high school team, a college team or an NFL team.”
Variety In Innovation
Global Ozone Innovations provides a variety of ozone-driven products for sports teams. The company’s “freezer chest” — or Sports-O-Zone Sanitizing System — uses the naturally occurring substance ozone (O3) to completely deodorize and sanitize equipment and other items. The unit generates ozone safely inside itself so there is no need for consumables. Because ozone is a gas, it can sanitize and deodorize those hard-to-reach places on your equipment, making sure you get a greater than 99.99% kill rate of bacteria, viruses and molds.
The cabinet’s hardware and software continuously monitor the ozone levels with specialized sensors and feed that information into the unit’s Smart Technology System, ensuring that it is providing the time and concentration of ozone needed to kill pathogens infecting your gear.
This monitoring system is crucial to protecting your athletes. Just as important, the unit tells you when “service is needed” if the system is not meeting kill requirements. In killing pathogens, you need to know that the time and concentration of ozone in the unit is within specifications to get the required kill rate.
The Sports-O-Zone cabinet has been adopted across football for years, but Global Ozone Innovations also has a unit that is 34 times the size of the freezer chest cabinet called the Ozone Trailer.
“While it’s primarily used for large military deployments, it can absolutely be used in a college setting where a program might want a quick turnaround of sanitized gear,” says Eades.
“We also have our Gear Blaster, which is a ‘full-room’ unit, meaning it sets up inside a room and fills it with ozone. It raises the ozone level quite substantially in a 2,000 square foot space. It’s on four industrial casters, same as the ozone cabinet unit, and coaches or equipment managers can move it around. It significantly reduces odors and bacteria within locker rooms, weight rooms or wherever you’re trying to sanitize.”
Finally, Global Ozone Innovations provides Kilzone Cleaner & Disinfectant, a one-step, multi-use, hospital-grade cleaner, disinfectant and deodorizer. It may also be used as a laundry sanitizer. KilZone is effective against more than 60 types of bacteria, viruses and mold, including: SARS-CoV-2, cause of COVID-19, MRSA, Staph, HIV, Avian Influenza A H5N1 & H1N1 viruses, Hepatitis, Herpes and Norovirus. It is commonly used on training tables, equipment, wrestling and gym mats, helmets, shoulder pads, whirlpools, bathrooms and many other hard surfaces.
Eades and Global Ozone Innovations are also doing their best to “future-proof” their equipment by programming into it the ability to adjust the ozone time limit under which equipment is exposed to the particularly effective sanitizing gas.
“Right now, we don’t know what the next COVID-19 will be,” he says. “In our testing with Georgia Tech, we could kill two viruses that closely mimic the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 up to a 99% kill rate. But if we increase that time limit, we can kill at a 99.95% to 99.99% kill rate.
“What’s the next COVID going to look like? Is it going to be COVID-26 or COVID-36? Will ozone machines take less time or more time to kill it? If it takes more time to get that kill rate, we’ve redesigned the computer program running inside our machines, and we can change the time variable with just a few clicks. So now, you’ve got complete control of the unit. If you have a COVID-19 concern today, or you have a COVID-30 concern 10 years from now, you have the ability to address that concern with our machine.”
For more information about Global Ozone Innovations, Sports-O-Zone, Ozone Trailer, Gear Blaster or KilZone, visit www.globalO3.com or www.sportsozone.com. You can also reach out by phone at 574-294-5797.