UV-C Safety Facts and Information
UV has been used for disinfection since the mid-20th century, with beginnings even earlier when sunlight was investigated for bactericidal effects in the mid-19th century. It’s used for drinking and wastewater treatment, air disinfection, the treatment of fruit and vegetable juices, as well as a myriad of home devices for disinfecting everything from toothbrushes to tablet computers. Within research facilities, UV has been an option when purchasing biological safety cabinets for years and can also be used within ductwork.
The use of UV has recently grown within the healthcare industry to provide disinfection of room surfaces in addition to existing cleaning methods. The use of ultraviolet light for surface disinfection within research facilities has started to increase as well due to its ease of use, short dosage times and broad efficacy.
How Does UV Work?
What is UV Effective Against?
- Never look directly at the light when it is activated
- Use protective eye and face gear
- Cover the hands, arms, neck, legs and other exposed body parts
- Setup signs, markers or cones around the area to warn others of ongoing sanitation
- Do not handle a broken or cracked UV lamp with bare hands
Light Maintenance and Care
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