How UV Light Can Help Sanitize Your Restaurant During This Pandemic

It can be incredibly difficult to ensure all surfaces have been cleaned properly or there are certain areas that might not be regularly sanitized. Depending on what you are trying to clean, different types of sanitizers or disinfectants are recommended. It is hard to know the right cleaner for each type of situation and to follow all of the guidelines (which are sometimes up to 10 minutes of a surface remaining visible wet with certain chemical disinfectants).

UV light offers an additional layer of protection to ensure germs are killed anywhere the light touches. This is not only insurance against areas that may have been missed during standard cleaning, but also for areas that may not be conducive to being easily disinfected with chemicals.

#1: UV LIGHT CAN TACKLE MOLD & MILDEW
A common battle that many restaurants face is the struggle to combat mold and mildew in walk-in freezers. While moisture is mold’s friend, depending on what you store in your walk-in freezer, it might not be possible to keep mold and mildew at bay simply by controlling the humidity level. The walk-in freezer is also a place that may be hard to disinfect regularly from both a time perspective and keeping your food safe from harmful chemicals.

That’s where an installed solution that deploys UV light to disinfect your walk-in refrigerator or freezer comes in. UV germ-killing light installed in your walk-in freezer can safely kill mold and mildew, but it’s also safe for use around food. For over half a century, using UV light in food processing plants has been used to safely and effectively combat foodborne pathogens.

#2: UV LIGHT CAN DISINFECT YOUR ORDERING AND POS DEVICES
Non-food contact equipment are another common violation category. There were over so many violations in Florida food service establishments in 2016-2017. Therefore, it’s critical to have strategies in place to sanitize all types of surfaces and equipment.

With changing consumer trends, more and more restaurants have started incorporating technology for placing orders or kiosks for patrons to play games or pay their bill. How are these items being cleaned?

UV Light used in the portable germ-killing units from Violet Defense could be positioned each night to help disinfect these types of items without having to worry about harming electronics with chemicals. However, the benefits could go further if you could then incorporate a digital display into those kiosks. Cleanliness and ambiance matter to your customers, so let your patrons know how you are taking cleanliness of everything from kiosk to kitchen seriously.

#3: UV LIGHT CAN AUTOMATICALLY DISINFECT YOUR BATHROOMS
Many customers will make assumptions about the cleanliness of your kitchen based on the cleanliness of your bathrooms, so this is a great opportunity to leave a positive impression in their mind. Using UV germ-killing light to disinfect bathrooms not only helps better protect staff and customers from potentially harmful germs, you are helping to create a better experience, which is important for customer satisfaction and brand loyalty.

One of the challenges that is posed with keeping places like restrooms clean is that bacteria quickly repopulates. A recent study of germs in public restrooms, found that “within one hour of sterilization, the bathrooms were completely recolonized with microbes.” Once installed, the germ-killing lights from Violet Defense can automatically disinfect a bathroom anytime it’s unoccupied. This technology is already in use in various public settings, including hotel and school bathrooms.

#4: UV LIGHT CAN REDUCE YOUR DEPENDENCE ON CHEMICALS
A great benefit of UV light for disinfection is that it is chemical-free, helping protect your staff, customers, and equipment from the potentially harmful effects of certain chemicals. Use soap and water to clean off dirt and grime from any surfaces, then the UV light can disinfect spaces throughout your restaurant – anywhere the light touches. It has been proven effective at killing up to 99.9% of many of the most harmful foodborne pathogens, including E. Coli, Salmonella, and Norovirus.

It only takes one outbreak to ruin the reputation of a restaurant or force a shutdown costing thousands of dollars (if not more). Disinfecting with UV light can add a layer of protection for you, your staff, and your customers against foodborne illnesses.

Contact Parker Lighting to learn more about how UV light can help with your business safety goals.

Businesses turn to ultraviolet lighting to ease customer concerns about sanitation

As businesses prepare to reopen to customers at limited capacity, additional sanitation methods are being considered beyond standard surface cleaning.

Breckenridge Grand Vacations, which manages more than 800 units, has brought portable, ultraviolet lights into all of its resorts. The lights are meant to disinfect rooms between stays as well as common areas such as lobbies, spas and gyms.

The UV lights come from the Lakewood-based company PURO UV Disinfection Lighting, which claims the UV lights kill up to 99.9% of viruses and bacteria. The company’s lighting units also are used in places like hospitals and manufacturing facilities. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has published findings that UV lighting, along with two other methods, has shown the most promise to disinfect N-95 respirators.

Breckenridge Grand Vacations CEO Mike Dudick said he learned about the availability of the technology about three weeks ago and jumped on it immediately because he was concerned suppliers wouldn’t be able to keep up with demand for the products. He said the company now has at least 50 of the UV lights, which are set up on a tripod and can handle one room at a time for 15-minute intervals.

“We obtained a sufficient supply to be able to meet our demand for unit turnover on any given day, so we can assure that we’ll be able to use this technology for every unit and every guest check-in to make sure the unit has the hospital grade UV light disinfection,” Dudick said.

Dudick added that common areas will be disinfected daily by using the lights in the middle of the night, or when there is otherwise no human activity, as the UV lights are harmful to people when directly exposed.

As Breckenridge Grand Vacations prepares for a reopening date of June 1, staff is being trained to operate the hotel using the new technology. Dudick said they are being trained to use the lights safely and properly to fully disinfect rooms.

“It is way beyond disinfecting a countertop or a tabletop in a unit,” Dudick said. “It’s the bedspreads. It’s the drapes. It’s the couches, the chairs, the carpet. I think that most consumers are going to begin to demand that they have the security of UV light and hospital-grade disinfectant anytime they rent a place to stay.”

Some local shop owners also are using the disinfectant capabilities of UV lights. Salon owner Melanie Ash of Melanie Ash Integrative Beauty has purchased UV lights for her salon that she plans to use during longer breaks between clients and at the end of each day to thoroughly sanitize the space. In addition to the UV lighting and required standard sanitation and facial coverings in the salon, Ash has implemented other creative ways to keep her business space as clean as possible. She asks clients to shampoo their hair prior to coming in since the stylists will be touching the client’s hair.

“It’s just another layer of keeping the space sanitized and respecting others,” Ash said.

In his Mountain Mercantile and Everything Colorado shops, co-owner Graeme Johnston has opted for a UV-based air filtration system that can run 24 hours a day.

“We’ve been looking at it for our shops and also for our homes to tell people this is what we’re doing to help get rid of (germs) in our stores and help kill all the viruses and bacteria that we didn’t think about as far as two months ago,” Johnston said. “It was a Clorox wipe and off we go.”

Johnston explained that one air purifier, which he found for $400, is sufficient to purify about 750 square feet. He said there are larger purifiers that work for larger spaces. Johnston said the UV technology available can help revive Summit County’s tourism economy.

“We have to get back and say to people with confidence that, ‘When you come up here, this is what we have done to protect your safety and also the safety of our employees, people in our society, in our community,’” Johnston said. “The air purifier is an inexpensive way to get this out.”

Johnston noted that the purifiers are easy to use as they simply plug into the wall. He stressed that additional sanitation measures businesses can take, like the UV lights and filters, will help people feel safe from coronavirus as well as anything else that travelers might bring to Summit County.

“If it works, this could be a good solution for the whole industry,” Johnston said.

Lighting Companies Including GE Current and LEDVANCE Sponsor Free LED Lights for Coronavirus Remote Site Testing

The National Lighting Bureau (NLB), through its members, is offering free LED lights for the remote sites being set up across the U.S. to test for the coronavirus.

The Bureau provides its services to the public free of charge with the funding of the organization’s sponsors, which include individuals, professional societies, trade associations, labor unions, manufacturers, and agencies of the U.S. government. The participated associates include:

  • BIOS Lighting
  • Finelite
  • GE Current, a Daintree Company
  • Healthe by Lighting Science
  • Illuminating Engineering Society (IES)
  • Imperial Lighting Maintenance Company
  • Inspired LED
  • International Association of Lighting Management Companies (NALMCO)
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)
  • Kurtzon Lighting
  • LEDVANCE
  • Lighting Controls Association (LCA)
  • Lutron Electronics Company, Inc.
  • National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA)
  • National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)
  • New Star Lighting
  • Pompeo Group
  • QSSI
  • Truly Green Solutions
  • Universal Lighting Technologies
  • U.S. General Services Administration
  • ZLED Lighting

Ray Kasmark, NLB Chairman, said, “We believe that quality lighting inside of the tents will increase throughput while improving the safety and comfort during the testing process.”

Americans Rehanging Christmas Lights To Light Darkness of Coronavirus

Across the country, Americans are literally shining a light amid the darkness of the coronavirus pandemic.

Nearly three months after Christmas, people practicing social distancing at home are putting their lights back up to help lift everyone’s spirits as the country fights through the crisis.

“What if we all put our Christmas lights back up?” Lane Grindle, a play-by-play broadcaster for the Milwaukee Brewers, tweeted Sunday. “Then we could get in the car and drive around and look at them. That seems like a fair social distancing activity.”

 

Since then many have rehung their lights and shared their handiwork on social media.

 

 

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