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Is UVC disinfection safe?

Many businesses and healthcare facilities are finding traditional, chemical cleaning of surfaces insufficient for disinfecting against COVID-19, and are turning to UVC disinfection as an alternative.

This is leading some to ask how safe UVC disinfection really is:

The answer is ‘Very’ – provided that the correct precautions are taken and that staff are trained in operating the UVC disinfection equipment.

UVC is safe when delivered through an automated process where there are no people present (it does otherwise have the potential to be harmful to eye and skin cells). This process, depending on the equipment used, should last only minutes. Once it is complete, the equipment and the room it has disinfected pose no risk of harm.

Different UVC disinfection equipment deals with the requirement that no one be present in the room differently – but our own THOR UVC® device has been designed from first principles to put user safety first.

THOR UVC® safety features include:

  • An included tablet, enabling easy wireless remote control of the disinfection and scanning programmes without touching the device itself. This means the user can be safely outside the room when operating the device or adjusting its settings.

  • Four heat and motion sensors that shut off all UVC emitters rapidly and automatically if any movement is detected in the room being disinfected. This guards against the possibility that anyone might enter the room while the UVC disinfection is taking place.

  • Two emergency stop buttons mounted at waist height for ease of access and also to ensure that they do not become obstructed by furniture. If for any reason the disinfection must be stopped manually, these buttons are clearly marked and easily usable, even by someone unfamiliar with the device.

THOR UVC emergency stop button

The design of THOR UVC® provides ease of use without compromising safety. While training on the device for users is required, it does not require a technical or specialist background – and the device is designed to help users to ensure its use is as safe as possible at all times.

How can I ensure that UVC is right for my business premises?

Our expert team is on hand to advise on safety and whether it is the right solution for your office, hotel, restaurant or commercial premises setting, and if so, how best to deploy it.

To find out more, please email our international sales team or call us on:

UK: +44 (0) 207 193 5641

USA: +1 844 4 346736

Aus: +61 1300 665 884

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