Fabrication specialist, Blackrow Group, is working with an infection mitigation specialist on applying systems and technologies to reduce the transmission of harmful bacteria and viruses.
Health technology company PP-L has partnered with Blackrow to help manufacturing companies across the UK become COVID-secure by purifying air and surfaces using ultraviolet-C radiation.
The partnership will ensure manufacturers can go beyond government guidance to make their operations extremely COVID-secure and ultimately continue to supply the nation.
The collaboration agreement also sees the two companies work closely together to introduce PP-L’s technologies – which are proven to reduce the transmission of harmful bacteria and viruses, including COVID-19 – into the Blackrow Group’s own bespoke machinery.
Paul Waldeck, chief executive at PP-L, said: “At this moment in time, it’s imperative that our team of engineers, scientists and medical experts are proactively working hand-in-hand with companies like the Blackrow Group to increase the visibility and use of safe UV-C and enhanced ventilation system solutions across a multitude of industry sectors.
“The manufacturing and production industry is under severe pressure and has been very badly hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, and technologies like UV-C are critical in allowing them to get back to the level it was operating at previously while protecting its staff in the most effective way practicable.
“Health authorities around the world agree that COVID-19 is primarily spread through airborne transmission, so the availability of clean, uncontaminated air is crucial in preventing the spread of the virus and protecting people from infection.
“Like other coronaviruses, COVID-19 will mutate as it spreads through the population, meaning it will still remain a problem even with the availability of vaccines. It is therefore important that steps are taken to protect people and environments if we are to live with this ongoing danger.
Indeed, the HSE’s recent Covid-Secure Workplaces Guidance has recently been updated to help with this risk and specifically covers ventilation and UV intervention”.
The technologies and products used by PP-L have been in use for more than 80 years and have been proven to kill 99.99% of pathogens.
PP-L’s UV-C solutions have been proven to be highly successful in dealing with previous coronaviruses, such as the first SARS crisis in 2003, with highly infectious airborne viruses destroyed within milliseconds through exposure the light but in a way that is completely safe for building occupants.
Dave Stubbs, senior engineering manager at the Blackrow Group, said: “We are delighted to be working alongside the PP-L team to actively bring UV-C solutions to any industry sector which requires it.
“With our extensive engineering knowledge and expertise combined, with the tried and tested technology PP-L solutions provide we are confident the alliance will play a pivotal role in the control and mitigation of COVID-19 in the workplace.”