HARLEQUINS has become the first professional sports club in the United Kingdom to use UV-C technology to tackle the coronavirus.
The top-flight rugby team has installed 11 UV-C disinfection upper air units at its London ground, the Twickenham Stoop.
Powercor has installed 11 Philips UV-C disinfection upper air units in the popular Honours Bar.
This area is normally reserved for season ticket holders but it currently serves as the home team players’ dressing room.
The 11 units are suspended by brackets 800mm from the ceiling, with potential for more to be installed in other parts of the premises at a later date.
This high position, in combination with the luminaires’ design, allows the system to disinfect air as it circulates the room, even when there are people present.
Natural convection moves the disinfected air back into the lower part of the room.
Additionally, shielding and optics in the luminaire’s design prevent accidental exposure to UV-C radiation.
Players will be the first to benefit from the new safety measures, with members also able to access more hygienic atmosphere when The Stoop can once again open its doors to the public.
Mike Lancaster, Harlequins’ Head of Medical, told Lux: ‘The disinfection lighting adds an additional layer of protection to the stringent testing and operational processes we have in place to protect the squad.
‘From a medical perspective, I am very satisfied with the way the technology has been tested in depth and fully proven.’
UV-C breaks down the DNA or RNA of microorganisms including viruses and bacteria, rendering them harmless.
In laboratory testing, UV-C light sources reduced SARS-CoV-2 virus infectivity on a surface to below detectable levels.
‘As a long-term partner of Signify, we are very pleased to extend our professional expertise to UV-C disinfection lighting, which will become increasingly important to our customers in the years ahead,’ said Richard Grace, managing director of Powercor.
‘We’re proud to play our part in getting the Quins safely to the pitch, and creating hygienic spaces for supporters to enjoy the legendary atmosphere of The Stoop once it is considered safe to re-open.’