February 5, 2021

ATP Surface Testing (COVID)

Contact our Office at (316) 942-6323

Does ATP Surface Testing Identify the COVID virus in Humans?

NO! ATP Surface Testing is specifically designed to determine the cleanliness “levels” of surfaces such as countertops, desks, tables, furniture, door nobs, etc. ATP Surface Testing does NOT identify the presence or absence of the COVID virus, or any other specific virus. ATP Surface Testing is not performed on humans, it is NOT the nasal swab. It can be useful to determine if cleaning and disinfecting methods being implemented are sufficient.

So, What exactly is ATP?

According to Britannica, “Adenosine triphosphate (ATP), energy-carrying molecule found in the cells of all living things. ATP captures chemical energy obtained from the breakdown of food molecules and releases it to fuel other cellular processes. Cells require chemical energy for three general types of tasks: to drive metabolic reactions that would not occur automatically; to transport needed substances across membranes; and to do mechanical work, such as moving muscles. ATP is not a storage molecule for chemical energy; that is the job of carbohydrates, such as glycogen, and fats. When energy is needed by the cell, it is converted from storage molecules into ATP. ATP then serves as a shuttle, delivering energy to places within the cell where energy-consuming activities are taking place.” – Britannica ATP

Why should I consider ATP Surface Testing at my location?

We understand that many people are concerned about the indoor environment and the overall cleanliness of surfaces that you may come in contact with during your time indoors. ATP Surface Sampling can “detect residual ATP as an indicator of surface cleanliness. The presence of ATP on a surface indicates improper cleaning and the presence of contamination, including food residue, allergens and/or bacteria. This implies a potential for the surface to harbor and support bacterial growth.” – Hygiena

According to the CDC “the measurement of organic ATP on surfaces using a luciferase assay and luminometer has been used to evaluate cleanliness of food preparation surfaces for more than thirty years. A specialized swab is used to sample a standardized surface area which is then analyzed using a portable handheld luminometer. The total amount of ATP, both microbial and non-microbial, is quantified and expressed as relative light units.” – CDC