Thursday, July 22, 2021

Using UV-C for Routine Disinfection within the Life Science Industry

Ultraviolet light disinfection technology is commonly used for the routine disinfection of rooms within the healthcare industry.  It is seen as a quick disinfection method for prominent surfaces within patient rooms, ICU units, and surgical suites. This same technology can be used within the life science industry to disinfect animal holding rooms, procedure rooms, and necropsy rooms quickly on a routine basis.

UV light is capable of providing high-level disinfection of viruses, bacteria, molds and spores.  UV light works faster the closer it is to the pathogen, as its strength (intensity) is higher closer to the light source.  It is a dry, residue-free disinfection process that is easy to perform and requires very little maintenance.  UV light does not penetrate well into cracks and crevices, and it doesn’t reflect or bounce off surfaces in a meaningful amount.  This leaves UV as a line-of-sight disinfection method who’s use should be focused on common touch points.  These locations are where contaminations are traditionally transferred, making a routine disinfection of these surfaces a worthwhile occurrence.

Within the life science industry, UV can be quickly and easily used to help disinfect animal holding rooms, necropsy rooms, gowning rooms, equipment passthroughs, procedure rooms and hallways.  When using our Torch UV system, visible surfaces within an 8 ft radius can be disinfected in under 2 minutes, depending on the organisms of concern.  For more information, read our UV Light Data Sheet or contact us at 908-236-4100 to learn more.