IST Metz has been producing UV systems for curing inks, coatings and silicones for over 40 years. What many do not know: The emission of UV lamps also inactivates the DNA of harmful microorganisms. With the Steritube systems, which UV plant manufacturer IST Metz sells together with its partner and air disinfection specialist Virobuster, 99.9% of the microorganisms in the ambient air are killed using UVC technology.
The amount of virusses emitted will initially be 100% droplet and changes into aersols and surface sedimentation.
Over time the infection risk will also change from droplets to aersols and smear and due to natural inactivation like dehydration of the virus, after a few hours the total risk will also reduce. An increased RH% would prevent the droplets to become aerosols, but would also increase sedimentation.
How can we reduce the risk
Increase the Inactivation rate by means of adding active inactivation to prevent aerosols to spread further and sedimentation creating smear infektion risk.
The major methods of active deactivation are discplacement of contaminantion by means of increasing the ventilation rate and diluting of contamination by means of for example pumping the air as much as possible through a deactivation machine.
Extra ventilation does cost extra energy and isn‘t always possible because most professional buildings do have a regulated HVAC system and even increasing the RH% is not that easy implemented.
A Virobuster Steribase 300 can do a six air change per hour in a 50m3 room, resulting of a deactivation of 90% of the initial airborne contaminants within 23 minutes.
That would mean a significant improvement of your office, conference room or in our example, a gym safety.
CLEAN AIR IN HEALTH CARE FACILITIES
The increased amount of nosocomial infections, due to failed (air) hygiene ((Lidwell et Al), the increased threat of pandemics due to the intensified veterinary industry and globalization (Osterhaus et Al) and the increased microbiological resistant against antibiotics – forced medical staff and employees to think more on prevention instead of curation.
The importance of air - or in other words the possibility to transmit pathogenic materials by air, became more and more important on the agenda of the WHO.
CLEAN AIR IN INDUSTRIAL APPLICATIONS
The food industry is extremely creative, but new fundamental trends will shape its future by means of consumers demanding an absolute transparency, no compromise on health security, development of future clean labels and consumers are more educated and open for more natural food.
The importance of air quality in the food industry is often underestimated. A Steritube purifies the air in a production facility, freeing it from moulds, spores and bacteria. The air can no longer contaminate the products.