The prime objective on companies after several months in lockdown is to reopen and resume their activities in order to endure economic losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But in order to do so, they need to find their own way to adapt to health and safety regulations imposed by the government. But this is not just about following the rules! Companies must see this as a new strategy to build closer and better relations with their stakeholders. The first step is to ensure safety environments so people feel attracted to your business, what would be the point if you reopen and people avoid attending to your sale points?
New ideas, new ways to make things work
The cleanness of surfaces and objects we touch, the purity and quality of water and air, have a profound effect on our health and well-being. We’re all at risk of contracting and spreading viruses and bacteria, especially in busy public areas.
Companies should be able to control their workplaces and their disinfection in order to achieve maximum trust and health not only to consumers but also to their staff. Disinfection processes and protocols should be applied constantly and become part of a daily routine. But it is very difficult to keep them clean and free from virus, quickly and economically.
This is the main reason why UV-C technology is being used in disinfection, which can maximize the effectiveness of manual or regular cleaning procedures particularly in hospital settings where healthcare- associated infections are of major concern. Due to the recent events this can also be applied on non-healthcare associations bringing the best out of the cleaning industry.
Ultraviolet light is a form of radiation and an invisible part of the electromagnetic spectrum, which destroys molecular structure of DNA and RNA of bacteria and virus, causing the death of growth cells and/or regenerative cells, thus achieving the effect of disinfection.
Ultraviolet disinfection lamps are extremely, efficient and convenient to operate, especially when compared to familiar disinfection methods that use liquid and powder-based disinfectants. They can be deployed in a wide range of domestic and commercial environments without harming the society or the environment.
But, how do they work?
Surfaces disinfection can be achieved in all room sizes but the bigger the room, the more time it takes to disinfect. Animal, plants and staff must be removed while the disinfection takes place.
This type of disinfection requires direct exposure to ensure effectiveness and also every spot needs to be covered by the light so manufacturers recommend to use multiple units positioned in a way every corner is covered. Also, they recommend mixing different methods in order to achieve the highest level of disinfection.
This technology does not rely on chemicals and leaves no residue, and therefore has little environmental footprint. Also, there are no hazardous fumes or wait time dissipation of fumes, so cleaning times are massively reduced guaranteeing a fast reuse of the space.
It is a new idea on non-healthcare companies
- UV-C has been studied since the late 19th century, with UV-C becoming a particular focus around 1930. In 1935 scientists revealed through demonstration the ability of UV-C irradiation to effectively inactivate airborne micro-organisms.
- In the 1970s it was proven to reduce TB infection.
- Since the early 1990s there has been further focus on the efficacy and safety of UV-C products as a way to inactivate viruses and bacteria, which have since become useful tools in the fight against infection.
The technology remains in practice to the present day when UV-C disinfection is widely used in hospitals as part of standard disinfection protocols. But as said before, today's reality needs new methods to guarantee safety development for companies and their stakeholders.
Due to Boston University and other recent studies, which prove the effectivity of UV lights on disinfection protocols, manufacturers are now producing UV-C products for domestic and industrial designed for the disinfection of surfaces, objects and the air, in spaces of all sizes.