The use of UV rays as a sterilization and disinfecting agent is not a new technology. History has it that it was developed in the 19th Century. However, the use of UV tools and devices has gained serious footing from healthcare to hospitality to retail companies. It has proved to be extremely effective when it comes to killing germs and viruses, with a 99% success rate.
One device that has worth mentioning is the ultraviolet cabinet sterilizer. In this article, we seek to unpack all the features offered by the UV cabinet sterilizer and what It can offer to you.
The UV cabinet sterilizer
A UV sterilizer and disinfection cabinet is a rectangular cabinet that comes installed with UV-C lamps. The body of the cabinet is made of heavy-duty stainless steel to prevent the escape from the UV waves. The interior consists of shelves, hanger bars, and hooks where tools to be disinfected will be hanged. The cabinet must be connected to a power supply source.
During the operation of the UV cabinet, it is advised that the door should always be kept closed. In addition, the ultraviolet light should not have any contact with your skin or eyes. UVC light is powerful enough to cause permanent damage.
UV cabinets come in all shapes and sizes. But there are common features that can be found in most:
- Heavy-duty casters. This allows for the cabinet to wheeled from place to place.
- Cycle timer. Depending on the items being disinfected, you can set up an appropriate time.
- An automatic safety switch.
- Transparent glass window to observe the interior of the cabinet during the disinfection/sterilization process.
- UVC lamps, also known as germicidal lamps, responsible for UV light.
So how does it work?
The cabinets have installed in them lamps that emit UV light. If you have some basic physics knowledge, you will know that UV waves make up part of the electromagnetic spectrum. As a result, there are different types of UV rays, to be specific: UVA, UVB, and UVC with differing wavelengths and varying amounts of energy.
The one used for the sterilization of tools is UVC. The energy contained within UVC waves is effective to kill microorganisms and bacteria. It also makes short work of yeast, molds, and natural pathogens.
Getting a little technical, the UVC light works by destroying the bonds that hold the bacteria and pathogens together. Ultraviolet light also muddles up the DNA and RNA structure of the organisms.
The role played by the UV cabinet sterilizer
- Implementation of health standards. A UV cabinet sterilizer offers a standard of cleaning that cannot be meet by manual cleaning. The UV lamp lights and reflective surfaces allows for each crook and cranny to be disinfected.
- Efficiency. The sterilization offered by a UV cabinet beats the use of wet solutions/disinfectants. Once cleaned, you can expect your equipment and instruments to lack a residue.