Healthcare

Signify backs GLA’s standards on UV-C to tackle coronavirus

A row of shopping trolleys in blue light
The disinfection of shopping trolleys is seen as potential market for UV-C lighting products

THE WORLD’S biggest lighting company says it’s adopting the Global Lighting Association’s guidelines on the safe use of UV-C to tackle the coronavirus pandemic. 

Signify – which contributed to the drawing up of the measures – says it has already applied these guidelines, in conjunction with other applicable standards, to its new range of UV-C disinfection solutions.

Earlier this year, the Global Lighting Association brought together industry experts and developed guidelines to assist users and manufacturers to ensure that UV-C technology and products are used safely at all times. 

These guidelines build on the principles of internationally accepted standards such as IEC 62471, the photobiological safety standard, and they prescribe additional technical and procedural safeguards.

‘Time is of the essence in the battle against Covid-19,’ says Olivia Qiu

chief innovation officer at Signify.

‘UV-C lighting provides a quick, powerful and highly effective means of disinfection. It’s also proven to be safe when it’s designed, installed and used according to safety instructions.

‘By adopting the Global Lighting Association guidelines, we provide a further level of confidence in the safe deployment of UV-C technologies. 

‘We urge other manufacturers to follow suit and adhere to these new industry guidelines,’ she added.

Using standardised irradiance measurements and risk group classifications for UV-C products as the basis, the guidelines provide further requirements for applicable technical safeguards.

These could include presence detection, controlled access or containment, as well as detailed guidance on the use of warning labels, user manuals and instructional trainings for the safe use of UV-C technology.

On June 16, Signify and the National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories at Boston University confirmed research results that validate the effectiveness of Signify’s UV-C light sources on the inactivation of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19.