A trial of one of Airdri’s SteraSpace air sanitisation systems at the head office of Service Electrical Distributors has been found to reduce harmful bacteria and airborne pathogens by 78%.

The results are providing a ray of hope for bosses wanting to reduce the spread of germs and viruses in the workplace and create a safer, healthier environment for employees.

A SteraSpace 80 (PMA60) air sanitisation unit was installed at the company’s HQ where six of its employees are based. Air plate samples were taken as a baseline before the unit was installed and then subsequent test samples were taken from the same positions 14 days later, where a huge reduction was recorded.

Testing plates were situated on the outer edges of the room and the sanitiser unit ran continuously throughout this time to assess potential impact it may have on the microbial content of the air.

Why Use a SteraSpace Air Sanitiser

Marc Redfern, Managing Director at the firm explains more about their decision to install and test the unit:

“Our staff are the lifeblood of this business and their safety and health is extremely important to me as the business owner. We work very close to one another in the office, and obviously we’re continually taking an interest in transmission rates of coronavirus. It has had a knock-on effect on the confidence of staff, and we noticed that some have been more nervous than others.

“I want everyone to be at ease and feel safe and happy coming into work.”

“We have taken many other measures such as hand sanitiser gels, masks, and screens on desks, but they’re not always practical and it can take a lot of time to be constantly cleaning desks.  We also have a close bond with several key customers who we like to welcome into our business, and we wanted to make sure they feel safe to be there.

“I hadn’t come across an air and surface sanitiser before, and I have to admit I was intrigued.”

Infection Control Alternatives

“We looked at fogging and air purifiers, but the cost and time it would take to do this wasn’t practical and we didn’t want to be changing filters every few months. We wanted a fit and forget solution and for that, the SteraSpace units were a perfect fit.

“They’re much more affordable than you would think given how efficient and effective they are.”

Depending on the size of the room, the cost of purchasing an air sanitisation unit starts at around £250.

A huge reduction in office air and surface germs

“We did another test to see how much bacteria was in the office and found a 78% reduction after only two weeks of operating the SteraSpace unit. I was so impressed with the results, I will be recommending it to my customers for their own offices. I think everybody should have one, especially working in the times we are.”

Similar tests in a range of different environments have also shown encouraging results. At a Wirral Orthodontist practice germs were reduced by up to 83% in different areas in the building. Find out more about this case study here.

The morale in the office is better than before, we are being more productive, knowing that we are working in a safe and clean environment. We are working with customers more and it’s helping us get back to a bit of normality that we all crave.

Changing the face of infection control

At Airdri we believe SteraSpace could revolutionise how businesses approach infection control in the workplace. And SteraSpace is not just suitable for offices, but a range of environments where people meet and share space. From student living to cafes, bars, schools, hotels, even sports stadiums and sports facilities – it’s hugely effective at reducing bacteria in the air and on surfaces.

Giving companies an affordable new way to protect staff against the transmission of viruses, the pioneering technology applied to the SteraSpace units has been independently tested by the UK public health laboratories, including Porton Down. Efficacy data has demonstrated positive results in both the reduction of harmful micro-organisms in the air and on surfaces, as well as much lower levels of employee absence through sickness.

Steve Whittall, Head of Research and Development at Airdri added:

“With many of Britain’s workers now back in the office, employers are searching for new ways to protect their staff from infectious diseases.

“Coronavirus and other respiratory infections such as flu usually peak in the colder months, leading some experts to suggest that levels of absenteeism this winter could be unprecedented.

“Air Sanitisation is being proven time and again to be a positive step that can be taken to protect employees from the winter onslaught. The innovative technology that works continuously in the background to eliminate viruses and bacteria from the air and on surfaces has shown extremely positive results when used in various real-life settings. We’ve seen positive results in all of our tests no matter what the setting, from clinical, dentistry, schools and now offices, the technology has been shown to dramatically reduce airborne pathogens.”

How SteraSpace works

SteraSpace combines Photo Catalytic Disinfection (PCD), Germicidal Irradiation and Dual Waveband UV technology to create the most advanced virus and bacteria control technology of its kind. Find out more about how air sanitisation works here.

By combining these three advanced technologies a continuous flow of disinfecting plasma is released into the air which has been found to eliminate up to 98.11% of airborne and 99.6% of surface micro-organisms in under 60 minutes.

After the initial installation cost, the units cost in the region of just £2 per month to run, with an annual outlay of around £50 for a new bulb.

If you’d like to hear more about how SteraSpace and infection control in your workplace then get in touch with our team.

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