The Future of Disinfection for Offices

People spend approximately 90% of their time indoors and research has indicated that pollutants inside can be 2 to 5 times worse than outdoors. This led to the development of a series of strategies, including numerous certification programs designed to improve the indoor environment.

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There are also well-established links between the quality of a person’s indoor environment and various factors that influence their overall health and wellness, which can also influence other outcomes, such as the productivity of employees.

Each year, millions of people acquire illnesses from bacteria and viruses in common places – ranging from restaurants to hospitals to just about any space.

Health related lost productive time (LPT)

Absenteeism due viral and bacterial illnesses cost the SA economy between R12 – 16 billion every year. Constant absenteeism has a knock-on effect on general productivity, profit margins and staff morale. And with smaller businesses, the effect may be greater because of the reliance on smaller numbers of employees. In some cases, one day’s absence can cost a company the equivalent of three days’ salary for the absent employee.

Harmful pathogens that can spread illnesses among workers are often found on common workplace surfaces, including desks, computer mice, desk phones, break room sink faucets, microwave door handles, keyboards, water fountains, vending machines, etc. The VIRUS SAFE Project explored the impact that a cleaner environment can have, specifically on absenteeism. It was estimated that improved disinfection, including better surface decontamination could result in as much as a 46% reduction in absenteeism

Therefore, the most impactful return on investment in VIRUS SAFE buildings may come from the cleaning and disinfection standards that a business chooses to implement.

Benefits of UV Disinfection

UV technology have yielded new options to meet these standards, or more broadly to protect any type of office or other environment. Virus Safe has developed a line of products that can be installed in workspaces, bathrooms, conference rooms, and break rooms, to effectively kill germs in both the air and on surrounding surfaces. These germ-killing lights provide a real value to businesses in terms of cleaner environments, which have been shown to lead to more productive employees and reduced absenteeism.

Manual cleaning can be a very labour-intensive effort given the number of offices, surfaces, and objects within a building.

While UV disinfection is not a “new” technology, UV light is a proven disinfectant for surfaces, instruments, and air. With over 140 years of research behind it, Ultraviolet light has been repeatedly proven effective against pathogens, including C. diff, MRSA, E. coli, Salmonella, Norovirus, and many more. The ability of UV light to kill microorganisms is directly related to the energy dosage produced by the UV source as a function of spectrum, time and distance to the target.

Ultraviolet light attacks microorganisms at the DNA and RNA level. Microbes are not able to develop resistance to ultraviolet light, compared to their ability to form resistance to certain types of chemical disinfectants.

Another potential benefit is the ability to reduce the labour and/or cost of chemical cleaning as it can be very labour-intensive effort given the number of offices, surfaces, and objects within a building.

A study using UV for routine daily disinfection of surfaces cut the number of housekeeping hours required in half, compared to using chemicals in manual cleaning.

Furthermore, UV disinfection systems like those from Virus Safe are also energy- efficient.

Conclusion

Ultraviolet light has an extensive history of effectively killing microbes in the air and on surfaces, which has been proven to reduce the infection rates of MRSA, C. diff, VRE, Influenza, Corona, and other harmful pathogens.

With its proven results and chemical-free method of disinfection, ultraviolet light provides a sustainable, effective way to keep our spaces safe from harmful germs, while still protecting our environment.

VIRUS SAFE provides a high-quality line of UV-C light products (254nm) that will meet your needs for safe, effective, germ-killing in everyday spaces

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VIRUS SAFE provides a high-quality line of UV-C light products (254nm) that will meet your needs for safe, effective, germ-killing in everyday spaces. The VIRUS SAFE products are designed to integrate into everyday spaces with ease

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