Ultraviolet (UV) light can destroy harmful pathogens including Covid-19, but it is also harmful to humans. Far-UVC operates at a wavelength of 222nm which means it cannot penetrate the skin, rendering it safe to use within occupied spaces. Equipping businesses with Far-UVC products could reduce absenteeism rates and minimise cases of seasonal flu, the common cold and other infections across the country, as well as protecting companies ahead of the next pandemic.
How does it differ to regular UV-C light?
The UV-C spectrum includes wavelengths ranging from 200 to 280 nanometres. These wavelengths are known to effectively kill 99.9% of bacteria, viruses, fungi and other pathogens. This technology is often used in hospital environments to disinfect surgical equipment. However, most UV-C light is unsafe for use around humans as exposure can lead to skin cancer and cataracts, preventing its use in public settings.
What makes Far-UVC different is that it is not associated with any adverse risks to human health. Operating at a shorter wavelength of 222nm, Far-UVC destroys 99.9% of pathogens but it cannot penetrate skin or eye cells. It is therefore safe to use in occupied spaces such as offices, hospitals, schools, restaurants, gyms and theatres. Combining Far-UVC with other preventative methods, such as increased sanitisation and social distancing, could make it a powerful tool in the fight against coronaviruses both now and in the future.
Here’s how it works:
1) Harmful pathogens, such as Covid-19, MRSA, SARS etc., are present in the environment. These are easily spread from person to person.
2) The pathogens, which live both in the air and on surfaces, are exposed to Far-UVC light.
3) The Far-UVC light reaches the DNA of the pathogens, breaking down their molecular structure and killing them.
4) The air and surfaces are now free from pathogens, reducing the spread of infection between individuals.
Once Far-UVC products are installed, they provide around-the-clock protection from pathogens and are easy to maintain. Businesses utilising Far-UVC products can expect to see a decrease in absenteeism, particularly during the winter months when infections are more likely to be spread in the workplace.
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