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October 25, 2010 09:37 ET

In Time for the CDC's National Lead Awareness Week: The CDC Recommends Using Hygenall After Firing Weapons

New Lead Decontamination Products Address Firing Range Lead and Battlefield Toxic Metal Exposure

HUNTSVILLE, AL--(Marketwire - October 25, 2010) - Hygenall Corporation announced today that the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), a division of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), recently recommended Hygenall® ( products for use after firing weapons. Hygenall Field brand products were developed specifically for firearms users and military personnel to remove microscopic quantities of lead and other heavy metals such as Antimony, Hexavalent Chromium, Depleted Uranium Oxide, Mercury, Cadmium, Arsenic, and others that accumulate on skin and surfaces. Today's announcement underscores CDC's National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week October 24-30, 2010.

"Using science that targets the removal of lead will keep firearms users safer," said Dr. Michael Baran, Ph.D., retired Air Force Colonel. "Firing range workers, firing range users, government, and military personnel in battlefield and training environments can experience more exposure to dangerous quantities of lead dust than workers in the lead industry."

According to NIOSH, firing a handgun can deposit over 1,000 micrograms of lead on the skin with each firing, which if ingested, can cause high blood lead levels that can affect health in a variety of ways, including lowering I.Q. through cognitive problems, organ failure, and other diseases associated with chronic Lead exposure.

"The body treats lead as if it were calcium, which is used to create nerve, brain, and bone tissue," said Michael McKinnon, CEO of Hygenall Corporation. "The trouble starts when the body uses lead as building blocks instead of actual calcium."

Lead particles, so small that they are nearly invisible, stick to skin and surfaces through an electrical bond that is difficult to disrupt. Soaps, wipes and gels, including specialty and industrial products that claim to remove lead are not as effective because they are based on chemicals that are good for removing dirt but not for breaking the electromagnetic bond that makes lead stick to skin and surfaces.

The patented technology in Hygenall products is designed specifically to safely disrupt the lead bond, and has shown to be highly effective even at microgram levels. These Hygenall products include:

  • Hygenall FieldWipes™ are a non-rinse wipe that decontaminates where rinse water is not available.
  • Hygenall FieldWash™ is a hand and body wash.
  • Hygenall FieldLaundry™ a laundry detergent for removing lead from clothes.
  • Hygenall ToxOff™ is a general purpose and lead decontamination surface cleaner for floors, tables, tools and equipment.

"The CDC recommendation for Hygenall products will help bring to light the serious threat of microscopic quantities of lead on the firing range and improve safety for both gun enthusiasts and workers," McKinnon added.

Hygenall products are available through Galls, an ARAMARK Company and supplier of military and police equipment and supplies, ArgenTech Solutions, Emerging Technology Specialists, and IMMI, a minority woman owned, SBA 8(a), SBA SDB Certified, GNEMSDC Certified, and SWMWBA Certified government products supplier.

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About Hygenall Corporation

Since Bloomberg BusinessWeek featured Hygenall as one of "America's Most Promising Start-ups" in 2009, Hygenall has worked hard to become the international thought leader in heavy metal decontamination with innovative technologies that help protect millions of people around the world from the ravages of lead and other toxic metal poisoning. Founded in 2007, Hygenall Corporation has deliberately taken leadership in the marketplace by creating solutions to reduce the impact of exposure to toxic metals. Hygenall differentiates itself by offering a range of products based on technology that was developed under critical scientific standards in government laboratories and bringing them to market at an affordable price. Most Hygenall products are made under license from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Hygenall is headquartered Huntsville, Alabama with offices throughout the Americas. Hygenall Corporation builds products for several markets including Industrial, Medical, Government, and Consumer. Hygenall brands include Hygenall LeadOff™, Hygenall HygaStat™, Hygenall HexOff™, Hygenall FieldWipes™, Hygenall FieldScrub™, Hygenall FieldWash™, and Hygenall Industrial™.

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