The Global Lighting Association and the International Ultraviolet Society have reached a cooperation on ultraviolet disinfection technology
The Global Lighting Association (GLA) and the International Ultraviolet Society (IUVA) recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to collaborate on supporting ultraviolet disinfection technology, also known as ultraviolet bactericidal radiation or "UVGI". The two sides aim to enhance the exploration of cooperation in the area of ultraviolet disinfection technology to help WHO develop policy recommendations on non-pharmaceutical measures for indoor virus control.
This Memorandum of Understanding provides a mechanism for GLA and IUVA to work together in a number of key areas, including:
1. Jointly submit documents and other methods to organizations responsible for developing standards and protocols for UV disinfection;
2. Conduct joint activities to actively disseminate reliable information on the use and benefits of UV disinfection for the prevention and control of airborne pathogens; 3. Share expertise on the safety, performance and effectiveness of UV disinfection technology; 4. Counselling on the health and well-being of indoor personnel. Ultraviolet bactericidal radiation or UVGI air disinfection technology is a mature method. The technology can be used to reduce the risk of infection caused by a variety of infectious airborne diseases, such as measles, influenza and tuberculosis. Now, this technology is also increasingly recognized as a key tool in reducing indoor air pollution caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Ultraviolet disinfection technology has three advantages:
1. Ultraviolet sterilization technology is a mature technology
Who has approved the use of UV bactericidal technology to prevent the risk of TB infection and influenza. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends UV disinfection systems as a complementary measure to air purification to prevent and control indoor air pollution caused by bacteria and viruses in public Spaces, hospitals, classrooms, etc. In addition, ultraviolet sterilization technology has been used in the world for decades, people use this technology to reliably disinfect surfaces and drinking water.
2. ultraviolet sterilization technology is an effective technology
The IUVA recently published a white paper on the bactericidal efficacy of UV bactericidal technology against more than 2000 pathogens, which describes the bactericidal efficacy of this technology against SARS-CoV-2. The GLA has recently published and published a document on quantifying the inactivation of airborne pathogens by ultraviolet bactericidal radiation (UVGI), explaining how to calculate the effectiveness of bactericidal ultraviolet bactericidal technology.
3. Existing standards and industry guidelines allow the safe use of UV disinfection
The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) has published a publicly available specification entitled Position Statement on Bactericidal UV-C Irradiation, UV-C Safety Guidelines (IEC PAS 63313, May 2021). The safe use of bactericidal UV is further documented in the Environmental Control of Tuberculosis: Guidelines for Bactericidal UV Exposure to Basic Indoor Upper Floors in Health Care Settings, published by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.