A Quick Look At How Ultraviolet Light Can Protect Foodservice Businesses

May 26, 2020 10:00:00 AM / by Ignite Foodservice Solutions

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You can’t stop human ingenuity. No matter what happens, we have this ability to consider all types of options to solve our problems, and the COVID-19 pandemic has only highlighted this trait.
Consider the use of ultraviolet light to combat the virus. While safety and science should always lead the way, there seem to be ways to utilize this technology to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

What is ultraviolet light anyway?

In nature ultraviolet radiation travels to Earth from the Sun. There are three main types of ultraviolet light, UVA, UVB and UVC. Their wavelengths light determine what type we are referring. The first, UVA, comprises the majority of the ultraviolet radiation that actually makes it to the Earth’s surface. It can penetrate inner layers of the skin.
UVB is the second type of radiation we encounter. We encounter 500 times less UVB than UVA due Earth's atmosphere acting as filter. UVB rays don't penetrate the skin like UVA but should still be protected against, as they’re the primary causes of sunburn. UVB radiation does have its benefits as it aids our bodies in the production of Vitamin D.
Finally, we have UVC radiation. It's wavelengths are shorter and more energized. Humans rarely encounter UVC radiation because it is filtered out by the Earth’s atmosphere. This is very fortunate for us organisms living here, since it’s particularly good at killing any types of genetic material. 
Recently, there has been a lot of information floating around about using UV to combat against the coronavirus. Whether it's in cleaning personal protection equipment or in foodservice applications, people are talking about it. We’d like to shed some light (yep, we went there) on the latter, to help you better understand it, as we begin opening back up.


How Can UV Protect Us from Coronavirus in Foodservice Applications? UVC Air Curtains.


Mars Air CurtainsWhile the healthcare industry has used UV for decades, the foodservice industry is just beginning to utilize this powerful tool as another layer of sanitation for its operations.

Because it’s so effective at destroying anything comprised of genetic material, UVC is a great candidate for minimizing the impacts of virus' and pathogens in interior spaces. By utilizing an air curtain equipped with UVC capabilities, for example, the sanitizing process may help foodservice operators reduce or even eradicate Listeria, Salmonella, Tuberculosis, SARS-COV, and yes, even COVID-19.



Air curtains do this by continuously cycling air, bringing it in through the front and out through the bottom to create a "curtain" of air between openings. In and of themselves they can keep unsanitary insects from entering a building. When equipped with a UVC light, biological contaminants passing through the air curtain are destroyed. When placed at door openings these air curtains aid in protecting vulnerable foodservice prep and serving areas from dust, pathogens, flying pests, and even standard debris.


Protect your foodservice business with the help of Mars Air Curtains. Let one of our experts at Ignite Foodservice help you serve up the best equipment for your operation's needs with a FREE foodservice consultation. 

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