Cleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 8th June 2023 Issue no. 1068
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Mitie helps businesses breathe easy with new UV air disinfection service
Mitie has launched a new air disinfection service, in partnership with Luxibel, using ultraviolet light to help eradicate bacteria, viruses, funghi and mould from indoor air.
As part of the service, Mitie has exclusive UK rights to install Luxibel UVC purification lamps in a range of locations, including offices, airports, shopping centres and other work or public spaces, to help in providing cleaner air.
UVC is a specific range of ultraviolet light with wavelengths between 200-280nm. Light at these wavelengths can significantly reduce bacteria, viruses and other pathogens from air, surfaces and water. UVC light is recognised as an option for surface disinfection by the Health & Safety Executive.
The UVC technology is available in a range of formats, depending on the needs of the customer and the location where it will be used. For example, lamps can be installed in meeting rooms and bathrooms where surface disinfection is the priority. The Luxibel range includes sleek, modern designs to ensure the equipment fits into workplace environments seamlessly.
Meanwhile, mounted models resembling air vents have been specifically designed for areas where there's a steady flow of people, such as hospital hallways and airports. Businesses can also choose whether they wish the UVC system to be discreetly hidden away or visibly on show, to give additional peace of mind to customers and employees.
As a chemical-free system using low energy bulbs, the UVC technology is also ideal for businesses looking to limit their environmental impact, while helping disinfect their spaces. The systems can be scaled to any building size or budget and have low capital and running costs.
Importantly, the systems can be indirectly monitored through on-site UVC dosage display stickers, which change colour depending on how much UVC the area has been exposed to, as well as via remote monitoring sensors which monitor changes in the air quality, such as in temperature, humidity, and CO2 levels.
"The pandemic has demonstrated the importance of air quality and what a gamechanger technology can be when it comes to keeping people safe, even in the face of some of the most unexpected challenges,” notes Carlo Alloni, managing director, Technical Services and Integrated Facilities Management, Mitie.
“Delivering this innovative solution to help keep our customers' spaces - not just surfaces, but the air people breathe - by reducing the level of harmful viruses and bacteria, is just one of the ways that we are helping keep the public safe and Britain running."
Matthew Hart, managing director, UK, Luxibel, adds:
"The use and integration of Luxibel UVC sterilisation technology significantly helps to create a safe and healthy working environment. As people return to the workplace and public spaces become increasingly populated, additional layers of safety are vital and innovation is key. We are extremely proud to partner with market leaders in the facilities management industry, Mitie."
As businesses prepare to return to workplaces in line with the UK Government's roadmap to ease lockdown restrictions, Mitie continues to support its customers by helping to ensure these spaces are safe for employees and customers.
This includes its four-stage 'Getting Britain Back to Business' guide and comprehensive checklist to help companies prepare for a safer, seamless and more sustainable return to workplaces. The guide is a one-stop-shop covering every aspect of a building, including everything from cleaning, engineering, security, workplace design and front of house, through to waste and landscapes and energy management.
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