The Uvio Light and Direct UVC Disinfection – the Key to Your Multilayered Virus Mitigation Plan
The Requirement for Direct UVC Disinfection and a Multilayered Virus Mitigation Strategy
To effectively get back to work in the office, companies must develop a Virus Prevention Plan that reduces the possibility of viral outbreaks in the office and protects the company in the event there is one, all while reassuring employees that their workplace is safe.
The Need for a Multilayered Virus Mitigation Strategy
Because of the unreliability of manual cleaning and the demand for a safe workplace, organizations are supplementing their virus mitigation strategy with UVC Disinfection Lights to kill any virus or harmful microorganism that can be transmitted to other employees.
This multilayered approach ensures that whatever pathogen is not “killed” by one method (for example, surface cleaning) is inactivated by another (UVC).
All cleaning and disinfecting guidelines (CDC, FDA, EPA, etc.) provided to businesses explain that no one single tactic is 100% effective and that a multilayered approach is required to provide the safeguards to prevent the risk of infection spreading throughout the organization.
Some companies use UVC in the HVAC systems, which disinfects new air that circulates throughout the building. This is effective in cleaning new air entering the environment but does not prevent the transmission of person-to-person microorganisms.
Some organizations use overhead UVC lights or various portable lights that can be centrally placed to disinfect surfaces, however, UVC light is only effective in killing pathogens when it is directly exposed to the surface. Any shadows created on a surface will not be disinfected.
Zgo Technologies strongly advocates for manual cleaning along with direct disinfection of all shared desks and common areas using UVC light, which beams directly to shared areas, minimizing shadows and focuses on harmful pathogens that have been left on surfaces by potentially infected employees.
The Swiss Cheese Model, shown above, widely used by safety analysts in many industries, is now being applied to virus mitigation. The Swiss Cheese Respiratory Pandemic Defense recognizes that no single intervention is perfect at preventing the spread of viruses in the office. Each intervention (layer) has holes but combined, can significantly reduce the overall risk.
This will prevent the spread of viruses to employees and their families, provide the safest work environment possible, allay employees fears and protect the company from any perceived negligence in terms of the liability that can be caused from deadly viruses.