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Environmental Surface Solutions (ESS) Extends Relationship with New York’s Rensselaer County to Make it CORONAVIRUS-Safe

County Schools, Nursing Home, Prison and More Utilize ESS’s Top-of-the-Line Solution in Their Fight Against COVID-19

New York, NY, January 26, 2021 – Environmental Surface Solutions (ESS), the gold standard of clean that identifies, eradicates and protects against harmful pathogens (including Coronavirus), today announces the extension of its contract with Rensselaer County, NY, for long-term, cost-effective environmental safety protocols.

Knowing a COVID-19 outbreak can be devastating to any business and community, Rensselaer County decision-makers have worked closely with ESS to ensure public venues (such as schools, jails and retirement homes) are kept safe. The Vanderheyden School, Rensselaer County Correctional Facility and Van Rensselaer Manor retirement home were among the first treated. ESS disinfected the sites with its Pro Oxide® chlorine dioxide-based antimicrobial protectant coating, which kills pathogens such as viruses and bacteria.

“When the threat of COVID-19 first appeared in the Rensselaer County Correctional Facility and the Van Rensselaer Manor retirement home, ESS immediately went to work with our proven Pro Oxide® and electrostatic technology and safely killed the virus in record time, without needing to relocate inmates or the elderly residents,” says Mike Taylor, CEO at ESS. “Throughout this pandemic and its mandated lockdowns, ESS has enabled restaurants, retail stores, nursing homes and other facilities to reopen safely, in compliance and for the long-term.”

Pro Oxide® has been field-tested and certified by the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) List N of products proven effective in killing the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) when used according to the label directions. Pro Oxide®, the most efficient and cost-effective solution on the market, is a chlorine dioxide solution applied via an electrostatic spray device technology in backpacks and handheld devices. The process positively charges atoms that wrap around high-touch areas, which may otherwise be missed by a mop, rag or pump sprayer. This allows the disinfectant to uniformly wrap all surfaces (including door/cabinet handles, remotes, bookcases, bathroom and kitchen surfaces), ensuring complete coverage and cleanliness.

ESS has effectively eradicated COVID-19 from the following locations within Rensselaer County:

  • The Vanderheyden School: A boarding school in Rensselaer County of the State of NY. Upon their return from spring break, students were tested and some were found to be infected with COVID-19. An independent lab testing was done identifying existence of COVID-19 virus on surfaces pre-ESS treatment. After ESS’ treatment was applied, multiple areas were retested, including door handles, water bottles, hair picks, TV remotes, counter tops (hard surfaces) and bedding covers (soft surfaces), slippers and cookie containers to ensure the treatment was effective in eliminating any and all viruses.
  • Schodack Central School District: When it came time to resume in-person learning in the Schodack Central School District, a crew of 12 ESS technicians spent hours sanitizing and disinfecting the high school and elementary school buildings to safely welcome back students and staff.
  • Rensselaer County Correctional Facility: ESS was able to treat and disinfect over 25,000 square feet of the facility – in record time. Since it was not possible to relocate prisoners, ESS team members were able to safely work around them. According to one official, ESS’s cleaning returned peace of mind to officers, civilians and inmates.
  • Van Rensselaer Manor: Van Rensselaer Manor is a nursing home and rehabilitation facility – the largest in the county. ESS was able to disinfect the entire 830,000-square-foot nursing home, with no disruptions to the nursing home’s routine schedule or occupancy.

Unlike traditional “one-off” visits from an exterminator, ESS provides a long-term, highly cost-effective solution for maintaining hygiene standards and preventing recontamination from harmful pathogens. After application, ESS conducts real-time RT-PCR Diagnostic Panel testing to detect any traces of the virus that causes COVID-19, validate the post-disinfecting results and determine if the disinfection process was effective. Residents and business owners within Rensselaer County can rest assured that this partnership with ESS will continue to actively prioritize and maintain their health, safety and economic well-being within the county.

Note: It is impossible to protect people from spreading a virus such as COVID-19 from person-to-person contact. However, ESS has been field tested to significantly reduce the spread of viruses by killing them on surfaces and in the air.


Environmental Surface Solutions (ESS) is THE “gold standard of clean.” We exist to assist our clients in identifying, eradicating and eliminating harmful airborne and surface pathogens (including COVID-19) onsite through electrostatic application. Our environmentally-safe solution provides peace of mind and a level of cleanliness that exceeds government standards. ESS is FDA-approved food surface safe, proven COVID-19 eliminator included within the EPA’s List N. We are proud to receive the highest levels of recognition in the fight against airborne and surface pathogens. Whether enlisted by a restaurant, clinic, hospital, sports facility, school or anything in between, we create protocols for total environmental safety to protect against harmful pathogens and prevent recontamination. As the sustainability of our planet is important to us, we do not put biocides into the environment. We oxidize through a non-noxious, non-corrosive, physical kill of the pathogen. Since 2011, we have leveraged sophisticated science to rid locations of all sizes from viruses, bacteria and other elements that cause harmful diseases. Learn more and/or schedule a consultation with us at

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Authority Magazine: Mike Taylor of Environmental Surface Solutions: How We Plan To Rebuild In The Post COVID Economy

In general, there definitely needs to be a higher standard for cleanliness set, and people need to learn the difference between simple disinfecting and eliminating a pathogen. Moving forward, businesses will need to employ someone to do this to keep confidence and safety levels high. ESS has set the standard for “clean,” and we have created education tools that show how our solution works. Through ESS, our partner companies can reinstill confidence within their employees and assure them that they will return to a safe and sanitized workplace. Our solution can provide peace of mind, a more productive workplace and an end to this disruption of normal operations. A broader embracing of these steps will bring companies back better than ever and allow everyone to return to work with more confidence.

a part of my series about how leaders can create a “fantastic work culture”, I had the pleasure of interviewing Mike Taylor.

Mike Taylor is a leader and educator in environmental safety and is the proud founder and CEO of Environmental Surface Solutions (ESS). He has a proven track record of over 25 years’ experience developing proactive solutions to tackle environmental safety challenges across several industries. He developed ESS and its solutions to be the gold standard of clean to rid locations of pathogens ranging from viruses, bacteria, and other elements that cause harmful diseases. Prior to founding Environmental Surface Solutions, Mike was the founder and CEO of Creative Sports Concepts, which installs hardwood and synthetic athletic flooring, outdoor tracks, playgrounds and athletic equipment to bring clients the highest standard of safety and performance to facilities.

Thank you so much for your time! I know you are a very busy person. Our readers would love to get to know you a bit better. Can you tell us about your backstory, and how you got started?

rior to founding Environmental Surface Solutions (ESS), I was the founder & CEO of Creative Sports Concepts (CSC), which brings the highest standard of safety and performance to client facilities through the installation of hardwood and synthetic athletic flooring, outdoor tracks, playgrounds and athletic equipment. CSC worked with Nike, Adidas, Monster Energy, Michael Jordan, Steph Curry’s foundation and other professional sports teams to protect staff and team members. In working closely with those athletic facility clients, I recognized the need for effective antimicrobial solutions to eliminate athletic infections, which led to the ideation for ESS. I am also part-owner and partner in Aeras Fog Electrostatic Technology, which has developed a revolutionary, charged electrostatic solution for the delivery of disinfectant. That is how ESS came to be.

Extensive research suggests that “purpose-driven businesses” are more successful in many areas. When you first started your company, what was your vision, your purpose?

My vision was to expertly and meaningfully service our clients’ needs and partner with them to embrace their challenges. One of the core challenges we have focused on at ESS is how to set and maintain superior standards for safety and sanitization through protocol implementation within athletic facilities. When I started this company, I was responding to that need I had witnessed firsthand within the athletic industry — a need we are now seeing widespread awareness of through COVID-19. There’s a much wider range of people and businesses we are now seeing who need our solution.

Do you have a “number one principle” that guides you through the ups and downs of running a business?

My biggest guiding principle is to approach everything with intentional velocity. In everything we do, we want to bring positivity and peace of mind to others. This means that we are intentional with our work and how we speak, which helps us bring that energy back to us through the people we work with. I believe that the energy we put out in the world is what we will receive back. No matter what the ups and downs are, if we are putting our best foot forward and providing everyone with the necessary resources, we will see better results.

Thank you for all that. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected nearly every aspect of our lives today. For the benefit of empowering our readers, can you share a few of the personal and family-related challenges you have faced during this crisis? Can you share what you’ve done to address those challenges?

One of the biggest challenges I have faced during this pandemic has been having to sacrifice long periods of time with my three children (ages 10, 13 and 14). I am constantly traveling for work to areas around the country that have been heavily impacted by COVID-19, so each time I return home, I must quarantine for two weeks. I have to maintain social distancing protocols even at home when I want to talk with my family. My daughter’s asthma puts her at higher risk of COVID-19 complications, so I couldn’t even hug her for six months of this year. Having any kind of quality time with my kids is a challenge right now, because I want to keep them safe, while also servicing my clients and the public through ESS. To address these challenges, I remind my kids of how much I love them and make sure they know that I am trying my very best. It is important to look forward in the future in the face of adversity, and they know that I am just trying to keep them safe.

Can you share a few of the biggest work-related challenges you are facing during this pandemic? Can you share what you’ve done to address those challenges?

There is a lack of education and understanding of the current status of COVID-19. The fundamental differences between a regular virus and COVID-19 are not understood by many people. We were able to create our solution by first learning anything and everything we could about this virus, including how to eliminate it. So, I tackle this challenge by teaching others how COVID-19 works, and how it is spread.

Many people have become anxious from the dramatic jolts of the news cycle. The fears related to the Coronavirus pandemic have understandably heightened a sense of uncertainty, fear and loneliness. What are a few ideas that you have used to offer support to your family and loved ones who were feeling anxious? Can you explain?

At ESS, we are passionate about giving people the peace of mind and confidence that their home and businesses will be COVID-free. I recently received a call from a family friend, who had just had deaths on both sides of his family within days of each other. Loved ones were planning on traveling in and out of town for the funerals, and they grew concerned that back-to-back services within the same funeral home could lead to an outbreak of COVID-19. ESS came in and proactively treated the funeral home, which gave them the peace of mind and comfort to know they had done what was necessary to prevent an outbreak.

Obviously, we cannot know for certain what the post-Covid economy will look like, but we can try our best to be prepared. We can reasonably assume that the post-Covid economy will be trying for many people across the globe. Yet, at the same time, post-Covid growth can present opportunities. Can you share a few of the opportunities that you anticipate from the post-Covid economy?

In general, there definitely needs to be a higher standard for cleanliness set, and people need to learn the difference between simple disinfecting and eliminating a pathogen. Moving forward, businesses will need to employ someone to do this to keep confidence and safety levels high. ESS has set the standard for “clean,” and we have created education tools that show how our solution works. Through ESS, our partner companies can reinstill confidence within their employees and assure them that they will return to a safe and sanitized workplace. Our solution can provide peace of mind, a more productive workplace and an end to this disruption of normal operations. A broader embracing of these steps will bring companies back better than ever and allow everyone to return to work with more confidence.

Considering the potential challenges and opportunities in the post-Covid economy, what do you personally plan to do to rebuild and grow your business or organization in this next season?

ESS is already in the process of building a National Qualified Applicator Network, which will consist of experts within my sports flooring dealer network. This network will operate within the education and athletics space, so we can ensure that these facilities are as safe as possible. We rapidly train people who work in these facilities to serve the community, which we believe will help boost the post-COVID economy.

Similarly, what would you encourage others to do?

I encourage others to first educate themselves, study safety protocols and think about what guidelines they follow in terms of cleanliness. We have learned firsthand through our customers how important it is to educate yourself on the products you use every day. Most consumers do not truly understand how routine cleaning products are developed or how they effectively clean surfaces. These products are creating our next environmental challenge coming around the corner. We should be teaching everyone that soap can be a more effective cleaning method than a surface disinfectant.

Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?

My favorite quote is, “When talking to yourself, watch out for the answers you may get.” This is important because it helps you discover whether or not what you say and think is true. You should never lie to yourself. Being honest is something I value, so I live by this quote.

How can our readers further follow your work?

You can find out more about Environmental Surface Solutions at

Thank you so much for sharing these important insights. We wish you continued success and good health!

Published by: Authority Magazine 

Published by: Impetus Digital’s Fireside Chat


How to Protect Supply Chain Employees from Contracting COVID-19 this Winter

There are measures to implement today to ensure companies are taking all possible precautions to keep essential workers safe for tomorrow.

According to John Hopkins University, over 73 million people worldwide have tested positive for the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), many of whom are essential supply chain workers. We have seen just how difficult it can be to prevent the spread of this virus, as this airborne disease is often undetectable within asymptomatic carriers. However, there are measures to implement today to ensure companies are taking all possible precautions to keep essential workers safe for tomorrow.

What precautions farmers take against the spread of disease

Farmers depend on their livestock for a living. If an animal gets sick and spreads disease to other animals, the farmer can lose everything. The process farmers utilize to protect their animals from this threat can also be leveraged to protect humans. 

First, before entering a farm, you must dip the soles of your shoes into a solution to ensure no disease is being brought in by foot. This process is repeated every time you step into a new area of the farm and is important in preventing cross contamination between different areas and livestock. Before entering the farm, you must also be sprayed down with a disinfecting mist. This helps kill any bacteria or virus that may be living on your skin, hair or clothing. Similar protocols can be deployed into every phase, facility and area of the supply chain to protect workers from contracting and/or spreading COVID-19 this winter.

Find alternatives to using antimicrobial soap

Antimicrobial soap actually eliminates both the bad and the good bacteria on your hands. This means that the more you use it, the greater the potential for dangerous microorganisms to adapt and for healthy bacteria to lose its ability to protect your skin. To counter this phenomenon, it is recommended that you stick to regular soap and water when washing hands. Using these solutions will eliminate proteins and contaminants on the skin and on surfaces better than the traditional anti-bacterial wipe. It is also important not to over-use sanitizer, as Australian researchers have raised some concerns about superbug resistance to hand sanitizer in hospital settings. To avoid virus adaptation, choose natural, non-toxic solutions.

While simple dish soap and water can work to clean surfaces, it is important to remember that COVID-19 is still primarily an airborne virus that is most transmissible in poorly ventilated indoor environments and/or in close proximity to others. This means that it is essential for the safety of workers in factories and distribution centers to regularly and properly ventilate, filter and clean the air that circulates around them. Simply opening as many windows as possible can help keep the air fresh and flowing. It is also possible to implement non-corrosive, non-noxious treatments capable of cleaning the air and eliminating the virus from the premises without having to relocate any workers or disrupt production. The benefit of this type of solution is that it will not adapt to the virus or bacteria it is cleaning, so no superbug can be formed.

Make it mandatory to wear gloves and masks

Another way to protect employees is to make it mandatory to wear gloves and a mask simultaneously.

First, employees should know how to use gloves appropriately. According to Allure, changing gloves every time you change settings is imperative. This means if you’re going inside a grocery store, you’ll want to put on a fresh pair of gloves before entering and taking them off before entering your car.

It’s also important to pair correct glove use with correct mask use. Similar to gloves, you’ll want to be diligent about changing masks and cleaning them, if possible, after trips outdoors. When the two are combined together, you lower the risk of contamination. If you are only wearing gloves (without a mask) when exposed to COVID-19, touching your face can greatly increase the likelihood of infection and transmission. To take extra precautions, employees should be trained on how to properly remove gloves, so they aren’t exposed in the process. Remove the gloves (inside out) and place them inside a bag. Then, dispose of the bag in a designated area. This process may be tedious, but significantly decreases the risk of contamination.

Why these steps are important

Implementing these extra measures does more than just ensure the health and safety of supply chain workers  it also helps maintain their job security. Not every state guarantees paid sick leave for COVID-19 infections, and a known COVID-19 outbreak during any point of distribution can lead to an entire shutdown of the factories involved. These shutdowns can vary in length, as deep disinfection measures must be taken to ensure all traces of the virus have been eliminated from these locations (which often requires emptying the facility of any and all personnel to complete). Without compensation protection, this can dramatically impact the livelihood and well-being of each of your employees.

Ultimately, keeping your essential employees safe and working should be the No. 1 priority. After all, they are risking their health every single day to keep businesses and the economy running smoothly. Implementing these solutions and protocols to ensure their health and safety is an important step toward eradicating this virus from the supply chain and production lines, reassuring teams that their health is at the forefront of your consideration and protecting those vulnerable who may come into contact with your facility, employees or products.