Safety – Working with UV-C Light

UV-C light is highly dangerous to living organisms, including humans.
Please read the safety precautions which come with all of our portable lights.

Operational Safety

 

UV-C light emitted by the lamp is highly harmful to humans and other living organisms. UV-C light is harmful to the eyes and skin. After starting the lamp, no people or animals must be within the range of the direct UV-C rays. You must always minimise the time of being within the range of the UV-C rays.

Lamp damage bears a low risk of negative impact on your health. If the fluorescent lamps break, ventilate the room for 30 minutes and remove the parts, preferably with gloves. Place them in a sealed plastic bag and take to a local waste disposal facility for recycling. Do not use a vacuum cleaner.

Important Safety Notice

Never look directly at the UV-C light or stay within range. Safety glasses are recommended.

Secure the working area to prevent other people from being exposed to the dangerous UV-C light.

Coronavirus and other bacteria – How effective is UV-C light?

UV-C Light in the battle against viruses and bacteria

UV-C light degrades the DNA and RNA code in the cells of living organisms. The UV-C lamp can help eradicate pathogenic viruses, mould and bacteria from your work and home environment. The efficiency of disinfection with UV-C light has been widely known and used for years. The disinfection efficiency of UV-C light has been confirmed by the International Commission on Illumination (CIE) in ISBN 978 3 901906 25 1.

SARS-CoV-2 disinfection efficiency (coronavirus causing Covid 19 disease)

Further to recent studies by organisations such as Boston University, we now know that the dose needed to neutralise the SARS – CoV-2 virus causing COVID-19 disease is approximately 6mJ / cm2.

This means that a lamp emitting 1W of UV-C radiation at a distance of 1 metre from the source needs 360 seconds, or about 6 minutes to remove 90% of the virus from the surface.

“Our test results show that above a specific dose of UV-C radiation, viruses were completely inactivated: in a matter of seconds we could no longer detect any virus.”

Dr. Anthony Griffiths
Associate Professor of Microbiology at Boston University School of Medicine