Meet the Ambassador..
Dr Andrew Kemp on his new book ‘The Art and Science of Environmental Cleaning, Disinfection and Disinfectants’
Andrew Kemp is the Head of the Scientific Advisory Board of the British Institute of Cleaning Science. He first became interested in disinfection and decontamination, whilst training in Biological and Chemical warfare defence, as a member of the British army unit responsible for research into the decontamination of battlefield casualties. Many years later he completed a PhD in surface disinfection and decontamination. He now concentrates his research into the testing of disinfectants for efficacy on skin and surfaces. In 2020, as a result of the CV19 pandemic, he partnered with Dr Shalom Hirschman to publish the first test for disinfectant efficacy against viruses on skin.
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR)
Far less is known about the levels of AMR caused by poor stewardship of biocides, than is known about the effects of poor stewardship with antibiotics. There is undoubted a link between the two, so we must solve both if we are to achieve the end goal of significant reductions in AMR. Similar to antibiotics, the correct selection of biocides and sanitisers, at the correct concentration is essential to great outcomes, reducing the potential of AMR build up. This book is an attempt to get the basics of biocide/ sanitiser use into our healthcare establishments and beyond. It contains information that dispels myths and legends, as well as helping the user to select the correct biocide, and gives methodologies for testing the effectiveness of them in use.