The Global Lighting Association (GLA) has just launched a dedicated webpage on UV-C & Disinfection which can be accessed via the following link UV-C & Disinfection – Global Lighting Association
What is UV-C?
UV-C forms part of the ultraviolet (UV) spectrum and is defined within ISO standard ISO-21348 as having wavelengths between 100 – 280 nanometers.
Importance of UV-C
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the world is more aware than ever of the infection risk from viruses. The spread of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 via aerosols, droplets and direct contact has greatly disrupted our society. Social distancing, washing hands and wearing ordinary face masks are insufficient to prevent the spread of this and other airborne viruses. To improve the health and safety of all indoor locations, the viral concentration and thus risk of contamination must be reduced. UV disinfection technologies are an effective means of reducing the risk of contamination by assisting in cutting transmission pathways, but are currently under-utilised.
UV-C is a mature technology which has been available for many decades. UV-C is an effective methodology to disinfect air, surfaces and water. UV-C radiation has been proven to inactivate all micro-organisms and viruses against which it has been tested. In particular, UV-C is an efficacious non-pharmaceutical measure to inactivate pathogens where natural or mechanical ventilation is inadequate. Air cleaning by UV-C is effective, low cost, easy-to-install, environmentally friendly and an energy efficient way to achieve significantly higher equivalent ventilation rates. Safe use of UV-C is enabled by existing standards and industry guidelines.
GLA has compiled an extensive list of standards and regulations and provides project examples where this disinfection technology has been applied.
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