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Until February last year, professional
cleaner Christina struggled in the workplace
with her severe allergies. Being in contact
with cleaning chemicals was a challenge,
irritating her sinuses and landing her with a
headache on a daily basis.
Then things changed.
Early in 2015 her employer, Redland
Hospital, began trialling an alternative
to chemical cleaners – using aqueous
ozone technology as a cleaning solution
throughout the facility.
“Her sensitivities just dropped away,” said
Kelly Aukusitino, manager of operational
support services at Redland Hospital. “She
was so amazed that she didn’t have anything
like that at work anymore. She absolutely
loved the cleaning system – and for her
to like it was quite a big deal because she
didn’t like change at all.”
Kelly said it was just a shame they did
not discover Tersano Australia earlier
as Christina has recently retired. But it
continues to have an overwhelmingly
positive impact on Kelly’s team of 104 staff,
as well as throughout the public hospital,
which has about 180 beds and mainly treats
“It’s pretty much all we use to clean now,”
Essentially, Tersano has manufactured a
product that infuses ordinary tap water with
ozone, known to be a powerful sanitiser.
This process creates aqueous ozone,
which is harmless to humans and can act
as a commercial cleaner to disinfect and
deodorise as well as destroy bacteria, mould,
fungi and mildews on all items and surfaces.
The aqueous ozone then converts back to
water and oxygen, leaving no residue.
Kelly first heard about this chemical-
free system from one of her suppliers.
Learning that it was being used in private
schools, she accepted an offer to see the
product in action.
“At that point we were using a general
purpose cleaner, which was very much like
dishwashing liquid,” she recalled. “With the
general purpose cleaner, the build-up was
really bad on the floors and even on some
equipment such as sinks. Although you
couldn’t see it when you were cleaning, you
could feel it, especially on the floors.”
But trialling a 100 per cent chemical-
free system based on tap water for a few
months to clean a public hospital and an
associated aged care unit was – perhaps
understandably – met with scepticism from
many team members.
“The first week a lot of the cleaners were
saying we shouldn’t be cleaning with this,”
Kelly revealed. “They said, ‘It’s water,
there’s nothing in it, it’s got no smell – how
can that possibly clean?’ ”
Some of her staff even jumped on the
Internet to learn more about aqueous ozone.
“We really liked what it did,” Kelly said
of the trial. “We liked that it was safe – safe
for the cleaners, and safe for the clients.”
Today, the system is a permanent feature
at Redland Hospital. It’s mounted on a
wall at the hospital and hooked up to the
water supply. Using oxygen from the air,
it instantly converts water into aqueous
ozone, which Kelly’s team uses for the
general cleaning of many surfaces in non-
clinical areas, including sinks and toilets.
It can be used in regular mop buckets and
spray bottles, and put through floor and
bathroom scrubbers. The only place it is not
used everywhere is in the clinical areas.
“In clinical areas we just use it on the
floors and some general cleaning, and in
the wards if there’s an infectious room we
will still use a Queensland Health product,”
stated Kelly, adding that Redland Hospital
is awaiting further research before it uses
aqueous ozone throughout all clinical and
For employees such as Christina, the
Tersano aids her health because no fumes
means no irritation – in fact, Kelly said
there is just a faint scent “a bit like a
storm”. The risks of chemical splashing
have disappeared, and cleaners struggling
with sore arms and shoulders from
microfibre mopping of residue-covered
floors are happy.
“It took us a while to get all the residue
off, but now that it is, it’s great,” Kelly
remarked. With fewer toxic chemicals now
being poured away, the environment is also
Redland Hospital adopts
The past 18 months have been a time of significant cleaning reform at
Brisbane’s Redland Hospital, with chemical-free ozone technology taking
over as the dominant cleaning method. As manager Kelly Aukusitino tells
INCLEAN, the benefits are stacking up – not just for her cleaning team but
the wider community. Jo Cooper reports.
a benefactor. “We have saved 78,000 litres
of chemicals from going into the waterways
since February 2015,” Kelly announced.
“Even the plastic containers you put
chemicals in – we don’t have those anymore.”
As an experienced cleaner herself – Kelly
started as a casual cleaner at Redland
Hospital in 2001, and has worked
through the ranks to her current role – she
nominated a few aspects of the technology
that impressed her most.
“A lot of the water here goes through
copper piping and after a while it builds up
in the showers and you can see a blue-green
tinge. With this chemical-free system, if you
put it on that area and leave it sit for a little
while it will just get rid of it.”
She also previously used oil of cloves
around vents on any mould, but the strong
smell was off-putting, particularly for
“But if you get the mould quick enough it
will kill it and clean it off. And I like how
good it is for our scrubbers – it’s cleaning
them as they’re being used, and they’re not
having chemicals going through them. We use
it in all our machinery now,” she revealed.
“I’m really happy with it,” she concluded.
“It definitely does clean.”
Kelly Aukusitino with the Tersano
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