What is UVC Light?

Wikipedia gives us the following definition:

 

"Ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) is a disinfection method that uses short-wavelength ultraviolet (UV-C) light to kill or inactivate microorganisms by destroying nucleic acids and disrupting their DNA, leaving them unable to perform vital cellular functions."

UV light had been used since the early 1900's in water purification systems throughout the world. By 2001, over 6,000 UV water treatment plants were working in Europe. The medical industry has developed many devices to harness the disruptive power of UVC light. Widely used in laboratory facilities and hospital situations, hand held versions are also available for consumer use. 

The UV Spectrum of light consists of three wavelengths: UVA - UVB - UVC

  • The UVA wavelength is 315 - 400 nanometres. UVA results in skin tanning and is used for treating certain skin disorders.

  • The UVB wavelength is 280 - 315 nanometres. UVB has a high penetration value and results in a sunburn. Prolonged exposure can cause skin disease, skin ageing and even cataracts.

  • The UVC wavelength is 100 - 280  nanometres. UVC has a very low penetration value and is obsorbed by the outer skin doing little harm. But care should be taken to avoid prolonged exposure with your eyes as it can produce painful inflammation of the cornea and damage to the retina.

DNA
Disruption

UVC light is an important part of the b-Safe Protocol system.

Our CCFL UV lamp has been designed to produce a wavelength of 254nm.

In testing, 254nm shows to be the most effective wavelength for disinfection. 

When the HR-100 case is properly used in conjunction with the 123 Pack, the b-Safe Protocol will provide one of the best harm reduction programs available for distribution when a new, sterile device is not available.

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