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Is Ultraviolet Sterilizing Light Safe Or Not?

by Louise W. Rice

The need for sanitizers is driving people to look for more effective and easy-to-use sanitization procedures. Nowadays, more and more businesses invest in sterilization units like UV sterilizer cabinets to keep their customers and employees safe. One may put items that need sterilization in the sterilizer cabinet for a specified period to get the job done. The use of ultraviolet sterilizing light ruins the genetic material of pathogens but does not harm human cells that eliminates their ability to multiply or spread the infection; hence they no longer pose any health risk. The technology applies in all settings especially, the health, hospitality, and beauty services sectors.

The occupational safety and health association has not set any regulations on ultraviolet sterilizing light at the workplace. That shows that using UV light in sanitization poses no risk to environmental safety or health.

Pros of using Ultraviolet sterilizing light

  • Non –toxic disinfection method 

The method does not use chemicals, unlike other cleaning products. It is environmentally friendly since it is a physical process that applies most in medical, restaurants, and all hospitality fields.

  • Kills pathogens  

Unlike other sanitization procedures where the pathogens may develop immunity, UV light sterilization ensures no pathogens are resistant to its effects, unlike some antibiotics and other chemical treatments. 

  • UV light disinfection is safe

With appropriate precautions, UV light disinfection is safer than most chemical sanitization methods. 

  •  An effective form of disinfection

It is good to opt for a sanitization method that kills all pathogens in the spaces. Spores and molds are some of the pathogens that pose a health risk. UV rays will kill viruses and all forms of bacteria since it is a dry method. No pathogens can dry in a dry environment, unlike other sterilizing methods that may leave a damp environment for pathogens to multiply.  

  • Fast and convenient sterilizing method

All one needs is electricity, and the light kills bacteria and other pathogens instantly. It is a more convenient sterilizing method than those methods that use chemical consumables. They are labor-intensive and may not kill all harmful pathogens because some surfaces may be unreachable.

Ultraviolet sterilizing light and effects on health

The effects on health depend on exposure time and wavelength. There are four parts to the UV spectrum. They are the UVA, UVB, UVC, and UV vacuum. The higher the wavelength, the lower the frequency radiation hence minimal side effects.

Effects on the skin. UVC may cause skin redness, and with long-term exposure, it may cause premature skin aging and cancer.

Temporary eye damage may also result. It affects the cornea, and it may heal within a few days.

Experts recommend the use of protective equipment to avoid exposure to such harmful light. One may use an eye shield, lab coats, and gloves as protective gear to prevent exposure to UV rays. 

The battle to control infectious disease spread is still on. Low doses of far ultraviolet c rays kill pathogens without harming humans. Though it may have side effects if one does not take precautions, the method is more effective in controlling the spread of infections in public locations and settings.

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