How to disinfect office spaces | Coronavirus – COVID-19

How to disinfect office spaces | Coronavirus – COVID-19

Just like you, we’re focused on trying to get back to work after the COVID-19 pandemic and find some sense of normality again. This needs to be done in a manner that is safe for employees and will help stop the spread of the coronavirus in the workplace. The question on everyone’s mind is how can we disinfect office spaces and make sure they are safe to return to, day after day? One method we are going to be using is UVC light.

What is UVC Light?

UVC Light in hospital
UVC light disinfecting a hospital ward

Just live UVA and UVB light, which anyone who enjoys a summer tan will have heard of, UVC is a form of ultraviolet light. UVC is just a different form of UV light, still on the same spectrum, but operating at a different wavelength. The beauty of UVC light is that it can be used to kill bacteria and has been used as a method of disinfection for many years.

How does UVC light kill Coronavirus?

It works by entering into the cell nucleus of the virus and altering both its DNA and RNA. Once this happens, the virus cells are no longer capable of multiplying, and therefore cannot survive or spread. UVC light has been used to sterilise and disinfect hospital wards, medical instruments and more for decades. Now, it’s going to be vital during the COVID-19 pandemic as we look to disinfect office areas.

How can I disinfect office spaces?

UVC lamp to disinfect office

The best way to disinfect your workplace of COVID-19 is through the use of UVC light. The process works by installing the lights in offices, classrooms, hospital wards and other enclosed spaces. By doing this, the powerful UVC light will kill the COVID-19 virus on surfaces and in the air.

The best way to do this is by leaving the lights on overnight – or whenever there are no people around. This is important as UVC light is harmful to humans. If our skin comes into contact with UVC light it will burn and potentially cause lasting damage.

Once the lights have been left on for a set period of time, staff can enter a clean and sanitised workplace the following day.

Is UVC light being used against Coronavirus?

Yes! UVC light is already being utilised in many industries to kill the coronavirus. In China especially, they have been using it in hospitals and to disinfect vehicles for public transport. Airports in Italy and the USA are also using the technology to disinfect floors and make sure passenger’s baggage is free of virus bacteria before traveling.

Can I get UVC lights for my office?

If you’d like to enquire about UVC lights and how they can be used in your office, please get in touch and we’d be happy to tell you more. We can supply UVC lights for all settings and industries. If we’re going to get back to work after COVID-19, UVC light is the way to do it.

Odour and Dust Solutions provides UVC Lights and want to help the UK economy get back to work. To do this, it is crucial that we disinfect office buildings for staff to return safely.

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UVC Light and Coronavirus

UVC Light and Coronavirus

Is UVC Light the Answer to the COVID-19 Crisis?

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, and still many months away from a vaccine, we need to start looking at ways to get back to some type of normality. This return to work, school and socialising needs to be done safely. This will mean preventative measures and a lot of precautions to halt the spread of COVID-19. One highly promising technology being used to kill the virus in classrooms, buildings, vehicles and other enclosed spaces is UVC Light. But what is UVC light and does UVC light kill coronavirus?

What Is UVC Light?

UVC Light in hospital
UVC light disinfecting a hospital ward

UVC Light is a form of ultraviolet light, on the UV spectrum, that will kill bacteria that is exposed to it. Just as there is UVA, and UVB light – which people will be familiar with if they’ve ever used sun protection – UVC is on the same spectrum, only with a different wavelength. This short-wave UV light includes germicidal ultraviolet, which is used for air, surface and water disinfection.

It works by entering into the virus’ cell nucleus and altering its DNA and RNA. By doing this, the cell is no longer able to multiply or survive, killing the virus and disinfecting surfaces. This method has been used for decades to disinfect instruments and hospital rooms, and is going to be crucial in the fight against COVID-19.

Supermarket UVC Light
UVC light being used to disinfect shopping trolleys

Is UVC Light Safe for Humans?

With UVC light’s effectiveness at killing bacteria and viruses, many people will be concerned about whether UVC light is safe for humans. As you may expect from something that can kill viruses and bacteria, it is not safe for humans.

This means that all uses of UVC light must take place inside enclosed spaces that have been adapted to protect humans. If UVC light comes into contact with human skin, it will burn and cause serious skin damage. This is why disinfection of offices, hospital wards, buses etc all take place overnight, when no one is around.

Can UVC Light Kill COVID19?

UVC Light disinfecting bus China
Bus being disinfected by UVC light in China

While COVID-19 is a new type of coronavirus which hasn’t been seen before, it is still susceptible to UVC Light and can be disinfected using UVC light. Chinese officials have been using UVC light in many different settings in order to kill the coronavirus.

In Wuhan, hospitals are using UVC light to disinfect wards, and the technology is also being used to disinfect medical staff’s clothing and instruments. Chinese banks use the lights to disinfect cash, Chinese bus companies are using them to disinfect their vehicles. The potential uses for UVC in the fight against COVID-19 are endless.

Supermarkets can use them to disinfect trolleys. Schools can use the lights to disinfect classrooms. Offices can be disinfected overnight to ensure staff are returning to a safe working environment every day.

UVC Light Scotland

UVC Light can be used to kill Coronavirus and is capable of killing the virus on surfaces and in the air.

To discuss the potential uses of UVC lights for your business, whether it’s for an office, in vehicles, for supermarkets, restaurants or any industry where you’ll need to disinfect items or areas: get in touch.

Odour and Dust Solutions provides UVC Lights and want to help the UK economy get back to work. To do this, it needs to be safe for the workforce. UVC light is the answer.

Contact us to learn more about using UVC Lights for your business

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Odour and Dust Control Equipment to Rent

Odour and Dust Control Equipment to Rent

Depending on which industry you work in, you will be well versed in the problems associated with adequately controlling dust or odour levels. This problem is present to anyone in the construction, quarrying, waste management, recycling, demolition and agricultural industries. To help better protect against the dangers of dust and the outright unpleasantness of industrial odours, we are able to offer dust control and odour control units for hire.

Mobile Atomiser Units and Fog Cannons Available to Rent

Odour and Dust are a serious threat to people’s health and well-being in industries such as construction, waste management, mining and recycling. We understand that clients do not wish to outright buy their own odour and dust control systems. It can be a big expense for something you may not need year-round.

By offering odour and dust control systems to rent, we are putting the power back into the hands of client. Our hire service will be tailored exactly to your needs, depending on the specific project you are working on.

Mobile Atomiser Units for Hire

Mobile Dust Control Systems for Hire

Our mobile atomiser units are the perfect option for many people across various sectors. Housed in a mobile, self-contained unit, atomiser systems are the perfect way to deal with Odour and Dust. They are easy to manoeuvre and can easily be moved from one end of a site to another.

This ease of use makes them a favourite for many clients, who see this is as not only a highly effective way to manage dust and odour problems, but an easier way to do so.

Fog Cannons for Hire

Dust Control Fog Cannon Hire
Fog Cannons

Ideal for the quarry, demolition and mining industries, it has proven a great success in helping to fight dust problems. The fog cannons we supply are made by Idrotech, one of the most renowned manufacturers in Europe, and is designed to produce maximum droplets through increased water flow.

Idrotech make several different fog cannons, each with their own unique advantages. These dust prevention systems act immediately to prevent dust from forming and dispersing in the surrounding area during demolition, mining, or excavation activities or when moving inert materials.

The pressurized water from the misting system (at pressures ranging from 60 to 120 atm) is released through nozzles directly into the areas where dust is being created, preventing its dispersal.

Why hire dust and odour control machinery?

Using state-of-the-art machinery, you can control the levels of dust and odour both in the air and across your work site. By controlling these aspects of a site, you are reducing the health risks to employees and increasing the longevity of costly on-site machinery.

Get in touch today and we can discuss the odour and dust suppression needs of your business and tailor a plan that suits you.

Biosecurity Warning in Scotland After Confirmed Bird Flu Case

Biosecurity Warning in Scotland After Confirmed Bird Flu Case

In a response to the confirmed case of Bird Flu at a Scottish farm, the National Farmers Union Scotland released an online statement through their website calling for the “highest levels of biosecurity at this time.”

The case of Avian Influenza is thought to have been spread by wild birds and follows a case in England in December. That particular incident led to the culling of 27,000 chickens in order to prevent the disease from spreading any further.

With the authorities demanding greater of biosecurity, it’s crucial that you waste no time in making sure your own standards are up to scratch. We highly recommend utilising the state-of-the-art equipment now on offer to help protect against harmful substances and diseases.

Vehicle Biosecurity

There are many methods of biosecurity, some as simple as making sure areas housing livestock and poultry are thoroughly cleaned. This involves the use of disinfectant which will eliminate the disease, preventing it spreading any further.

It’s important that all equipment, machinery and vehicles are disinfected too. Moving from place to place, vehicles are an opportunity for bacteria and disease to spread from farm to farm with ease and over long distances.

Odour and Dust Solutions offers a unique product which will give you an added level of vehicle hygiene. Ordinary cleaning methods such as sprays and pressure-hoses are only able to clean the body of the vehicle, but fail to sanitise the undercarriage.

biosecurity for vehicles
Biosecurity machinery for vehicles

With our vehicle disinfectant and transport controls, you’ll be able to ensure the sanitisation of the underneath of any vehicles too. This will help to prevent the spread of disease and potentially save the lives of thousands of animals. It will also safeguard your business and the rest of the industry, too.

We have designed and produced an on-board vehicle disinfecting system, which is operated from inside the cab. The system is activated by a simple lever beside the driver’s seat. A large capacity reservoir connected to the air braking system, allows the vehicle driver to disinfect the wheels on entering and leaving the property, without leaving the cab or stopping the vehicle.

The system eliminates the delays presently experienced and ensures the effective soaking of vehicle wheels and arches without relying on dried out mats, buckets and sprayers which have been used previously in disease prevention. Foot spray jets are also incorporated on the cab steps.

To learn more about our Biosecurity systems for vehicles, get in touch on 01560 480822 or email on [email protected]

Good Biosecurity Practice

According to the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, good biosecurity should be practised at all times and not just on occasions of disease outbreaks. They recommend taking prudent measures in the early stages of an outbreak in order to prevent or reduce its spread.

Biosecurity Guidance for Bird Keepers and Poultry Farmers

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs recommends these steps for preventing the risk of disease spreading among birds:

  • The site for any poultry house should be carefully considered to reduce the risk of introducing disease to your flock
  • Large, modern commercial poultry houses and feed stores are considered good biosecurity, provided the birds are not let out
  • Wild fowl are the main source of avian influenza
  • Don’t situate poultry houses adjacent to bodies of water – Wild foul rarely travel up to 10km from a water source for food, so the further away the better, in order to avoid wild fowl mixing with poultry house
  • Don’t use a nearby water body as a source of water for cleaning out a house as there is possible presence of wildfowl and faeces

 

 

Dangers of Dust Inhalation

Dangers of Dust Inhalation

Dust inhalation is a real problem in the UK. No one should return home from work less healthy than when they left the house that morning. This should be a universally accepted truth. Unfortunately, there are people in many industries who are exposed to dust and other harmful materials and particles.

The recent #WorkRight Campaign launched by the Health and Safety Executive is centred around this issue. As part of their campaign, they will be carrying out surprise inspections on businesses to ensure measures are in place to minimise the risk of dust inhalation to workers.

So why exactly are the HSE taking such strong measures to tackle dust in the workplace?

Risks of Dust Inhalation

Regularly breathing construction dust can cause diseases like lung cancer, asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and silicosis. Construction workers have a high risk of developing these diseases because many common construction tasks can create high dust levels.

These diseases cause permanent disability and early death. Over 500 construction workers are believed to die from exposure to silica dust every year. As well as this, research carried out by the Health and Safety Executive estimates that there are 12,000 lung disease deaths every single year that can be attributed to past exposure to silica dust at work.

Obviously these figures are no joke and ought to be treated with real concern. This is why the HSE is  acting now, making it a priority to improve the situation. Odour and Dust Solutions are completely on board with the HSE’s new campaign. We believe the safety of workers and the protection of their health should be an employer’s number one priority.

No one should have to endure the ordeal of any respiratory diseases; being exposed to silica dust in your chosen career shouldn’t put you at risk.

Controlling Dust in the Workplace

Controlling dust is difficult but certainly not impossible. There are many great solutions on the market which are highly effective in controlling and suppressing workplace dust particles. There is also machinery that can actively monitor the dust levels in the air.

fog cannons to help prevent dust inhalation
Fog cannon

For example, we can offer a range of different methods to solve the issues plaguing your workplace. From fog cannons to nozzle and atomiser systems. These systems use moisture to attack the dust particles and prevent them from becoming airborne, which is where they are at their most dangerous. We understand the complexities and needs of each individual workplace, and can provide a bespoke solution for any scenario.

Monitoring Dust Levels in the Workplace

Recent developments in technology have allowed us to take the next step in the war against deadly atmospheric dust particles. New to the market, for instance, is the Trolex Air XD Real-Time Dust Monitor utilises lab-grade precision laser technology to continuously measure particulates of multiple sizes in harsh and hazardous environments.

Prevent dust inhalation with monitoring equipment

This means you can keep constant tabs on what the current dust levels are in your workplace. The Trolex Air XD is 5 times more accurate than the industry standard. This represents a massive shift in the fight against dust levels in the workplace.

Odour and Dust Solutions can supply all of the previously mentioned equipment and technology. Get in touch with us if you have any questions or would like a quote for any dust control, dust suppression or dust monitoring solutions for your workplace.

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Health and Safety Executive #WorkRight Campaign Focusing on Dust

Health and Safety Executive #WorkRight Campaign Focusing on Dust

Health and Safety Executive Dust Inspections

Health and Safety Executive WorkRight campaign dust control

The Health and Safety Executive has announced that the current focus of their #WorkRight campaign is dust. Odour and Dust Solutions are fully aware of the problems that people can face due to exposure to harmful levels of dust, and fully support this campaign.

Firstly, inspectors from the HSE will be visiting construction sites, woodworking factories, food manufacturing plants, recycling plants, quarries and more to carry out surprise inspections. These inspections will be searching for evidence that people in charge and staff are aware of and have systems in place in order to keep exposure to dust down.

Health Risks of Dust in the Workplace

A big part of the campaign being undertaken by the HSE is making sure everyone is aware of the risks that dust can pose to those exposed. According to recent research, for example, there are 12,000 lung disease deaths per year linked to past exposure of harmful substances breathed in at work.

These numbers are astonishing. On the other hand, they’re preventable. With the correct dust control and dust suppression systems in place, these numbers can be reduced. The HSE want to raise awareness of just how dangerous dust inhalation can be. Workers in all the industries mentioned should understand the risks associated with carrying out their jobs. This is especially true in industries that create a lot of dust. People should know to plan the job from start to finish and use the right controls to protect their lungs.

Employers have a legal duty to protect their workers, so everyone can go home healthy and not suffer any consequences years down the line. In order to do this, employers need to adopt systems that will help to keep dust levels in the workplace at healthy levels.

Dust Monitoring and Dust Suppression Systems

Fog cannon

Odour and Dust Solutions offer a range of different methods that can monitor and reduce dust levels in the workplace. From fog cannons to nozzle and atomiser systems, we have an arsenal of machinery to help keep dust well and truly suppressed in the workplace.

As well as this, we make use of state-of-the-art dust monitoring equipment . This equipment can monitor – in real time – the atmospheric levels of dust in the air. This technology is simple, portable and can be used across a variety of different industries. We recommend using Trolex, as it gives you great feedback and is incredibly accurate.

Taking a proactive approach to these issues is certainly the way to go. By operating in this manner, you will be able to keep levels of harmful airborne dust particles down. This will improve the health and safety of your workers.

Dust & Asbestos Awareness Courses

Odour and Dust Solutions are leading the way in the fight against dangerous atmospheric particles. In 2020, we will be running new training and awareness courses.

These awareness courses will be related to dust, asbestos and bio-aerosols. These courses will focus on everything you need to know about workplace particles.

We will be delivering these courses UK wide and to businesses from many different industry sectors.

For more information on our systems or awareness courses, get in touch:

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Freshfilter Air Cab Quality Systems

Freshfilter Air Cab Quality Systems

The UK’s Exclusive Supplier of Freshfilter Products

Freshfilter air cab quality systems

Cab Air Quality Systems in the UK

Once again leading the way in Odour and Dust Solutions are delighted to be the UK’s only supplier of Freshfilter Cab Air Quality Systems.

What Are Cab Air Quality Systems?

Cab Air Quality Systems are used on haul trucks and mobile machinery. They protect the machine operator from polluted air from outside the cabin entering in. The system achieves this by creating an artificial over-pressure inside the cabin.

Due to the pressure difference between the inside of the cabin and outside, contaminated air from the outside can only flow into the cabin through the overpressure unit of the system. Therefore the air in the unit is filtered, which ensures that only clean air is blown into the cabin.

Freshfilter air cab quality systems

Why are Cab Air Quality Systems Needed?

Cab Air Quality Systems prevents harmful particles and pollutants, including gasses, from entering into the cabin. This helps to reduce problems for the person within the cab. This type of protection can have a huge impact on the health and well-being of workers. It can prevent long-term health complications related to the inhalation of dusts, gasses and other harmful air pollutants.

Recent research by The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has estimated that there are 12,000 lung disease deaths annually that can be linked to past exposures in the workplace. They also estimate that the number off ill-health cases and days missed from work due to ill health is costing £15bn per year.

Construction Industry Health and Safety Executive work site injury

These are astonishing numbers; numbers which are preventable if greater precautions are taken with regard to health and safety measures within the workplace.

Why choose Freshfilter Products?

Freshfilter’s patented airflow technology means you can rest and breathe easy in the knowledge that the filters have an elongated lifespan. Because of this, contaminated dust particles do not stick to the filters due to the effect of gravity. This ensures a longer lifespan of filters.

All overpressure systems are installed according to legislation and Freshfilter can perform an annual inspection to guarantee the quality. All overpressure systems are designed in such a way that the air can only enter the workspace via the filter package. Therefore, this means you will always be breathing clean air within the cabin.

Freshfilter offers a range of different products, so this ensures there is something for everyone’s needs. Odour and Dust Solutions are able to supply the entire Freshfilter Catalogue. Whether your company is in mining, sorting, asbestos removal or forestry, Freshfilter systems can have huge benefits. Above all, they increase performance, contribute to safety measures. Finally and most importantly, they optimise the productivity of employees and machinery.

If you’d like to learn more about the Freshfilter range of products or would like to make an enquiry regarding your business, get in touch with us on  [email protected] or call us on 01560 480822