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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01560 480822

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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

01560 480822

[email protected]

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.

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:

01560 480822

[email protected]

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

 

Odour and Dust bring new Algae product to market

Odour and Dust bring new Algae product to market

Odour and Dust bring to the market, their new Algae product range, to deal with various waste streams, composting and wastewater treatment.

Our products:

SPEED • CLEAN • FEED • PROTECT

They perform multiple biological functions.

Our product range includes:

ODS400 Algae

  • Hydrocarbon Cleaning
  • Composting

ODS200 Algae

  • Wastewater Treatment (some industrial wastewater)

ODS W

  • Sludge Treatment

Deriving from Marine Algae – (Pure Ascophyllum nodosum) our products are:

  • Nutritionally rich
  • High in enzymes and pro-biotic compounds
  • Absorbent, with water retentions 30+ times its weight

Odour and Dust Solutions offer an economical, effective but simple, biological solution to wastewater treatment. Proprietary suspension in the product provides an effective, natural process by which impurities in water and sludge are degraded biochemically. Our products are: non-toxic – (marine algae suspension from Ascoplyllum nodosum seaweed). Toxicity is eliminated as bio-active properties break down organic compounds in a metabolic process.

This metabolic process results in:

    • Significant reduction of BOD & COD
    • Improved hydration and sludge volume reduction
      • 20-40% sludge reduction (dependant on organic content)
    • Increased Plant equipment capacity
    • Elimination of odour and better working environments

Economizes on:

  • Sludge treatment costs
  • Energy usage
  • O2 usage

Odour and Dust Solutions also offer an economical, effective but simple, biological solution which activates and stabilizes the decompositon of organic matter.

How does our product work:

  • Bio-activates – digestion of green waste, speeding up the metabolic process
  • Feeds – micobes nutrients, which are easily absorbed
  • Protects – microbes so they can continue to work efficiently, in hostile environments
  • Assists Sanitation – through (metabolic heat-production)
  • Kills – pathogens via pro-biotic bacteria
  • Blocks and Isolates Heavy Metals – in soils and greenwaste
  • Reduces particle size – by further enabling the break down of organic waste
  • Reduces – anaerobic digestion time
  • Prevents dehydration – optimising moisture retention
  • Optimizes – microbial health
  • Increases – end product value
  • Helps meet PAS 100 standards (rigorous UK industry standard for compost, to be adopted by EEC)

How our products work:

  • Feeds micro-organisms (e.g. bacteria) and macro-organisms (e.g. plants & animals).
  • Ascophyllum nodosum is a nutrient-rich vegetable, containing life sustaining elements, at levels way above those of any land plants.
  • Bio-availability – nutrients in our products are chelated, colloidal, optimally-balanced, and easily absorbed.
  • Bio-activity – our products are natural, they restore microbiological life to organisms and eco-systems. As the bacteria is exposed to nutrients, it begins to feed & thrive, subsequently producing enzymes which speed up the biological processes. This bacterial + enzymatic activity supports and protects life.
  • Our “pre-biotic” products address pre-biotic chemistry, which is essential to life. They improve digestion efficiencies and decomposition, while eliminating odours via biological ionexchange.
  • Protect organisms, through ion exchange which rids the environment of toxins, encouraging microbial growth and proliferation.
  • Prevent assimilation in animals and plants by blocking heavy metals in soils and waste products.

Our claim: Our products have proved to kill pathogens, increase bacterial growth and disturb harmful microbes. A report from our independent test, is available on request.

As our products work biologically, they will not produce instant results. Biological processes take time.

Environmental Protection Act 1990 Odour and Dust Solutions

Environmental Protection Act 1990 Odour and Dust Solutions

Smells produced from landfill sites, waste management site, waste water works and other industry sites are classed as nuisance by residents living within the vicinity. Once a resident has complaint to the local authority about this nuisance it then becomes the subject to inspection. And ongoing future inspection from time to time of the nuisance smell.

The above is true from site creating what is classed as nuisance dust. Sites including waste metal recycling, quarries, wood recycling and other industrial sites.

Where the local authority agree that a nuisance smell exists or is likely to happen again in the future then they will serve a notice. This notice will either restrict the nuisance smell or prohibit it from happening. This in turn may stop work on the landfill, waste management site, waste water works or other industry sites until measures are in place to deal with the odours. The legislation will normally specify a time scale for the notice to be adhered to and this can be a little as seven days.

“A person who commits an offence…on industrial, trade or business premises shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding £20,000.” (Environmental Protection Act 1990).

“It shall be a defence to prove that the best practice means were used to prevent, or to counteract the effects of, the nuisance.” (Environmental Protection Act 1990).

Odour and Dust Solutions could help prevent your company from facing unnecessary fines. Our range of mobile and fixed atomisers and use of our neutraliser or fragranced neutralisers offer fast and reliable solutions to these nuisance smells. And atomiser, nozzles and foam products to solve the dust issues. We offer the best prices within the industry for rental and purchase of our atomisers and neutralising products.

We have mobile atomisers that or on trailers and have water bowsers and can be moved around sites to tackle problem areas. The mini misting system is easily moved around site also and uses concentrated neutraliser. We also offer a bespoke solution with fixed system and nozzle lines for use on land fill edges or hopper machines.

The Environmental Protection Act 1990 also covers nuisance flies. The female fly lays around 180 eggs that within 3-4 will be adult flies capable of reproducing and the cycle starts over. Unless waste is treated for fly control at source then it will remain an issue at waste sites. We offer a range of fly control products including knock down products and products to treat at larvae stage.
If you require any further information please give us a call on 01560 480822 or email enquiries to [email protected]

Biogas Additive

Biogas Additive

Odour and Dust Solutions distributor on behalf of Agritech International Solutions

We offer innovative biogas additives to optimise your biogas production. Performance efficiency of the biogas plant depends on the biogas biology. Perfect fermentation process will lead to greatest yield. Our range of products include Agri Flex, Agri SOS, Agri Visco and Agri Combi.

 Agri Flex

This biogas additive uses trace elements for greater biogas formation. Improve yield by 30 percent with this custom made additive containing trace elements and micro nutrients. It offers major substrate savings, long term biological stability and easy application in biodegradable bags.

Agri SOS

This biogas additive stabilises and reduces acids within the fermenter. Its use will avoid a rapid collapse in biogas production and prevent the cost of restarting the plant. Again this comes in easily applicable biodegradable bags.

 Agri Visco

The Visco biogas additive optimises viscosity in fermenter. This select combination of enzymes reduces the viscosity of the substrate in the digester. Some raw materials contain high levels of carbohydrates, such as starch, protein and polymer fibres. These materials withhold the water, increasing viscosity therefore causing mixing and pumping issues. With use of Agri Visco there are cuts in energy consumption, easier mixing and pumping and better release of biogas.

 Agri Combi

The last of the biogas additives is an individual combination of trace element and enzymes to improve production. Low microbiological activity can threaten stable production and yield. It allows faster and more complete digestion of fibre rich substrate components while optimising the fermentation process. Reduces operating costs and improves methane yield and easy applied in biodegradable bags.

 Odour and Dust Products and Services include

 NEW Neutralising Foam

Used to treat anaerobic spillages. The foam is sprayed onto the spillage preventing the gas from rising. This allowing the neutraliser works on the unpleasant odour molecules converting them to an odourless state.

 NEW Emergency mobile atomisers

The smallest of our atomisers is used for atmospheric odour control. These units are easily transportable around sites and offer effective odour and dust control solutions.

 Mobile atomiser systems

Are the perfect way to deal with odour and dust problems indoor or outdoor.

 Static atomiser units

Can be fixed to existing frame works of the building and set above the working height.

 Fog Cannons

The Rino is the new fog maker from Idrotech to help fight dust problems.

Fly Products

Reduce fly numbers by focusing on both larvae and adult fly

 Legionella Testing

The Legionella Field Test™ is a breakthrough technology from hydrosense® for the rapid detection of Legionella pneumophila SG1 bacteria in water.

Dust Monitoring Solutions & Equipment

Dust Monitoring Solutions & Equipment

Dust Monitoring

Dust monitoring is the first step in the control of workplace dust. Do you monitor for dust, do you control dust. Odour and Dust Solutions can now offer their selection of dust monitoring equipment in conjunction with Turnkey Instruments.

Sample of Equipment

The Dustmate is our Hand Held Portable monitor ideal for short term sampling. Highly effective for monitoring air quality within buildings and clean rooms. It can be used via a battery pack but can also be powered via the mains lead. The Dustmate can also be used outdoors weather permitting as a roadside indicator to identify high pollution vehicles.

The Osiris is a portable/fixed monitor which can be used to study short or long term hotspots. Powered by either mains or its internal battery, the Osiris can be used effectively to determine exedance areas.

The Topas is a fixed station monitor intended for long term installation. Several sites can be networked together using modems and are controlled by a central PC to form a city wide monitoring system.

Solutions for Dust

Once you have established if you require to control any issues then Odour and Dust Solutions will be able to advise you on the best way to bring you back into the working regulation levels.

Waste transfer stations, quarries, mines or construction sites all produce a certain amount of dust as they say prevention is better than cure but this is only possible once you understand to what level of exposure you have.

The use of extraction systems can be good at point source but do have drawbacks and you still have they system creating dust. Suppression system are good for external areas where you ban atomise droplets to bring down or hold down dust particles. Every situation may require a different plan of attack to reduce any issues.

Odour and Dust Solutions can now offer the first step of monitoring for the dust problem, once the levels are established, a solution can be applied if it is required.

Idrotech Odour and Dust control from Europe

Idrotech Odour and Dust control from Europe

Idrotech Odour and Dust Control

Odour and Dust Solutions have pleased to be able to offer quality new equipment for dust control from our partners in Italy. Idrotech now supply Odour and Dust Solutions with their fog cannons for dust control.

We can offer an option on our fog cannons for dust in the quarries or for supressing dust on a demolition site, The choice of our Rino and Elefante models with low and high pressure options make it the ideal unit for low water usage sites. These units can be built on road or site trailers, if it a permanent site then they can be supplied and fitted on a long term basis.

These dust control units can be purchased or if you have short term dust problem Odour and Dust Solutions will hire the unit to the customer.

Odour control systems now supplied from Idrotech also include high pressure nozzle systems to fit all industries. From sanitization units for chicken farms to boundary odour control systems for landfills. All the equipment supplied by Odour and Dust Solutions is of the highest quality with short installation times.

With the new systems, Odour and Dust Solutions can now increase the fields where dust control issues may arise and where odour control problems upset the members of public.

If you require a bespoke odour or dust suppression system then the technical managers at Odour and Dust Solutions are on hand to speak to you, come to site and advise you on what will be the most suitable system.

Idrotech have been working alongside Odour and Dust Solutions for several years now and have built a relationship and trust to allow Odour and Dust Solutions to supply their equipment in the UK. If you have a an existing system in place in need of repair then Odour and Dust Solutions can use the Idrotech systems to rebuild and repair any damage.