Keeping Education Safe: Disinfecting Lighting Systems
After exhausting their supply of Clorox wipes and participating in afternoons of deep cleaning their classrooms, educators can look to disinfecting lighting to fight pathogens.
Schools across the country have added disinfecting lights to their building controls to supplement traditional cleaning protocols.
Educators and administrators are being pressured to come up with fall attendance plans, offering both in-person and virtual learning. In-person learning programs are now required to include masks, plastic sneezeguards, socially distant desks and sanitizing routines.
However, routine cleaning has been shown to be sub-par. One study has shown that in a healthcare setting, only 47% of high-touch surfaces were adequately cleaned using routine cleaning. When it comes to commonly touched surfaces in homes, the following surfaces are overlooked during daily cleaning: worktops (54%) door handles (89%) sink taps (89%) and toilet flush handles (90%).
Disinfecting lighting is continually disinfecting using either visible LED light or ultraviolet (UV) light. Visible LED light fixtures are providing ambient light as well as shining directly on surfaces to kills germs and viruses. The most innovative UV lighting products are consistently disinfecting airborne pathogens through a quiet ceiling troffer fixture that sweeps up the contaminated classroom air and releases clean, purified air for all to breathe. Other UV light applications shine light into empty rooms or desks to sanitize a room after everyone leaves.
Research and clinical studies show proof. Over 10 years of peer-reviewed research has shown UV light kills COVID-19 and other infections such as Salmonella, Escherichia, Shigella, Listeria, C. Diff and the insidious and highly deadly methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). This technology is approved by the FDA and encouraged by the CDC as part of the disinfection protocols for healthcare facilities dealing with COVID-19 and other airborne and surface pathogens.
A group of researchers from Spain argue that disinfecting light can be used in small shared spaces. They agree that some bandwidths light, which has been used to disinfect surfaces in hospitals for years and is effective against COVID-19, should be used in schools and other shared spaces.
Imagine, if you will, UV light sources placed in air ducts or in bathrooms, hallways and other places where diseases like COVID-19 are known to spread.
“Disinfection of small confined spaces such as toilets and elevators could be achieved by shining UV-C light while they are not in use, requiring an illumination power inversely proportional to the dwell time between uses,” the study says.
Eradicating 99% of COVID-19 and the seasonal flu is important for educators and administrators when they look ahead to the fall. These fixtures are supplemental to routine cleaning and allow teachers, students, administrators, and parents to enjoy the peace of mind that deadly pathogens are kept at bay.
Titan Energy understands how different solutions may be needed for different rooms, buildings, and applications. We are vendor agnostic and provide our services for thousands of companies nationwide. Call or email us today to schedule an informative virtual consultation for your school district or university.