Heraeus Noblelight, a specialist for industrial light source solutions, announces Soluva® Air W UVC (UVGI) air disinfection units are helping provide protection from COVID-19 pathogens for employees at its facilities in Gaithersburg, MD and Buford, GA. Now in addition to social distancing, hand washing and mask wearing safety measures, the UV-C (UVGI) devices make the working environment even safer and help avoid business disruptions due to employee infections.
Like other manufacturers Heraeus Noblelight wanted to do everything they could to protect our employees and avoid business disruptions. Even though most employees are now vaccinated, the vaccines are not 100% effective and of course mutations are an ongoing risk. In addition to usual hygiene practices, the Soluva UVGI disinfection devices are an engineering control measure that provides a consistent and reliable way for Heraeus Noblelight to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 as well as future viruses and seasonal colds and flu.
Protecting employees as workplaces reopen
Heraeus Noblelight employs over 150 people at the Gaithersburg and Buford manufacturing facilities where they produce UV curing systems and infrared ovens. As coronavirus lockdown restrictions begin to lift in the US and employees returned to the workplace, the company sought additional measures to reduce airborne transmission of COVID-19 pathogens at both manufacturing facilities.
Consequently each facility installed in-room Soluva Air W (wall-mounted) devices for installation in the reception area and even on a mobile stand for use in smaller rooms such as conference and training rooms.
CDC guidance confirms the principal transmission mode is through air
Viruses, bacteria, and other microorganisms spread through tiny water droplets in the air, so-called aerosols. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its website on May 7 emphasizing air transmission is the principal mode of SARS-CoV-2 transmission, "COVID-19 spreads when an infected person breathes out droplets and very small particles that contain the virus. These droplets and particles can be breathed in by other people or land on their eyes, noses, or mouth. In some circumstances, they may contaminate surfaces they touch. People who are closer than 6 feet from the infected person are most likely to get infected."
Denny Hartman, Operations Manager at the Gaithersburg facility remarked, “While it is still really important to adhere to social distancing, hand washing and wearing a mask, it is reassuring to see proven technology being used to help protect us while we work.”
Proven and verified UVGI disinfection solution
Soluva devices are disinfecting air in restaurants, schools, medical practices, manufacturing, offices, and many other types of buildings. Soluva UVGI disinfection devices destroy the corona virus, its mutations, and additional viruses (including cold and flu pathogens) by utilizing UV-C, also called ultraviolet germicidal (UVGI), light. UV-C light easily inactivates the SARS-CoV-2 virus and its mutations, because they have a very thin lipid (fat) layer which easily allows the light to penetrate and neutralize the virus immediately. The SARS-CoV-2 viruses, its mutations and additional viruses are destroyed by 99% as verified by testing under real conditions at the German renowned Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics among others.