Use & Safety
UVC light can be a powerful weapon against germs, but only under the right conditions. This requires quality product, design and installation to ensure everyone stays safe. Proper installation is key to effective and safe operations. Full risk assessment, Installation manual and user instructions, Commissioning report, Warranty and instructions, and correct safety signage and warning labels.
A Word Of Caution
UV-C lamps present minimum risk when used by professionals who know how to use them. They must shield their eyes and skin to avoid light damage and severe injuries to the eyes and skin. We advise customers to exercise caution when selecting equipment and look for evidence of third party testing as well as certification of device materials and electrical components by well-known organizations such as NSF, UL, CSA, DVGW-OVGW or other international requirements as applicable.
At this moment, none of our UV-C lamps are certified or approved under any applicable laws as a medical device and as such, Signify and/or any of its group companies do not currently intend for them to be used as medical devices anywhere in the world. Plants and/or materials that are exposed to higher dosages of UV-C may become damaged and/or discoloured.
Philips UV-C disinfection luminaires must only be sold by Signify or through qualified partners (UVPURE) and installed by qualified professionals according to our stringent safety and legal requirements.
Safety Is Vital
- To truly make sure your UVC lighting products are installed correctly and working properly, we recommend certified commissioning of fixtures.
- This is an important step with disinfectant lighting products because of the risk of exposure to UV-C rays. UV-C fixtures that are mounted or used improperly can result in injury.
- To protect customers, employees, and tenants during the COVID-19 pandemic and for years to come, the goal should be a complete clean for your facility.
- While disinfectant lighting products are a great start, most of them only target either air or surfaces.
- For a total disinfection, both air and surfaces should be clean. A dirty surface or contaminated air still leaves people at risk.
- A two-fold process using the right tools to disinfect and clean the air and surfaces is ideal.
The Solution to UV-C Safety
Philips Dynalite UV-C control system
Safety first – Multiple redundant occupation detection methods. (System sensors, deactivation triggers, visible and audible alarms.)
Our design team ensure adequate coverage and the most efficient and safe layout for your space.
As UV-C is invisible to the eye, our UV-C products are either provided with physically integrated equipment or time safeguards (such as presence or motion detection sensors or timers) or are to be installed together with the adequate containment safeguards to ensure that our UV-C products can be operated in a safe way. UV-C disinfection luminaires that we provide without physically integrated equipment or time safeguards are meant to be used only as components in disinfection systems that contain the adequate safety safeguards such as, but not limited to, those indicated in the mounting instructions and/or user manuals of such luminaires.
Direct exposure to UV-C is dangerous. Philips UV-C disinfection luminaires must only be sold either directly by Signify or re-sold through qualified partners, and always installed by qualified professionals according to our stringent safety and legal requirements. Our UV-C products are not meant to be used in applications or activities which may cause and/or lead to death, personal injury and/or damage to the environment. Plants and/or materials that are exposed to higher dosages of UV-C may become damaged and/or discolored.
Against Viruses and Bacteria
- UV-C lighting presents minimum risk when used in the correct way.
- The UV-C disinfection luminaires we provide without such safeguards are intended only to be used as components in disinfection systems that contain any safeguards indicated, but not limited to, those specified in mounting instructions and user manuals.
Proof for effectiveness of UV-C against SARS-CoV-2 has emerged
The scientific basics of UV-C germicidal efficiency are well understood
A vital tool in mitigating and preventing current and future airborne diseases.
Through the years, UV-C light has been proven to inactivate, without exception, all micro-organisms and viruses against which it has been tested, including, among others, those causing tuberculosis, influenza and SARS-CoV-1
An effective tool in preventing the spread of contagious diseases by disinfecting water, surfaces and air in very short time periods. UV-C light inactivates viruses and microorganisms
UV-C is an established measure for disinfection.
UV-C has a long history and track record in effective disinfection
Preventing everyday Infections
by using UV-C
Disinfection professionals today are generally concerned with what percentage of a given germ is killed by a particular process or disinfectant.
One of the hardest-to-kill pathogens known as Clostridioides difficile, or C.diff.
(C.diff ) is a germ (bacteria) that causes life-threatening diarrhoea. It is usually a side-effect of taking antibiotics.
- UV-C adds layers of prevention of Norovirus – everyday killers.
- With UV-C you can routinely clean and disinfect high touch patient surfaces and equipment.
CDC – “Nearly two-thirds of norovirus outbreaks occur in nursing homes.” HAI’s – (HealthCare Associated Infection)
Positively impact health, social and financial interests.