The Middle East Lighting Association (MELA) fully endorses the recent UV-C safety guidelines published by the Global Lighting Association (GLA). MELA recommends that regulatory authorities in the Middle East region continue to ensure that compliant UV-C products can be supplied to the market.
Germicidal ultraviolet irradiation is a proven methodology for inactivating viruses on solid surfaces, in water and in air.
UV-C technology has found many valuable applications, e.g. in disinfecting hospital rooms, aircrafts and even drinking water. As such it is expected to be a useful tool in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
UV-C is a category of ultraviolet light with wavelengths between 100-280 nanometres and is the most effective UV light for disinfection.
MELA shares the GLA’s concern at the increase in UV-C products available on the market, in particular those available online, with dubious safety features and inadequate safety instructions. Whilst UV-C helps to contain viruses, improper use can pose risks to human health.
The GLA statement provides guidance to manufacturers and to potential users on the requirements UV-C products should satisfy to allow safe use. For further information on this topic, please contact [email protected] or access the GLA press release via the following link https://globallightingassociation.org/library#MediaReleases