If you need to use UV light services, it is essential to take safety precautions. Personal protective equipment such as UV safety goggles, UV face shields, tight-knit, long-sleeved clothing, and gloves should be worn. If there is a chance of exposure to UV radiation, a polycarbonate face protector with ANSI Z87,1-1989 UV certification should be used. Ultraviolet (UV) light, also known as ultraviolet germicidal irritation (UVGI) or germicidal UV (GUV), is part of the electromagnetic spectrum between 400 and 100 nanometers.
We are all aware of the damaging effects of UV energy transmitted by sunlight at the UV-A and UV‑B wavelengths, which is why sunscreen lotions are so popular. When introducing new products to the lighting, appliance, consumer products, healthcare, and other markets, safety considerations related to the use of lighting and UV radiation are essential. An indicator light outside a room can be installed to ensure that no one enters while a germicidal UV lamp is on. Environmental Health & Safety can help measure UV emissions and evaluate personal protective equipment to determine its protection against UV rays. UV light sources are also found in the workplace, including laboratories, machine rooms, and workshops. It is important to never work in a BSC with the UV lamps on and the lamps should not be on when the room is occupied.
After mounting the UV-C luminaires near the ceiling of the room, installers measure the germicidal energy readings at various points in the room to ensure compliance with safety regulations and place warning labels near the upper luminaire in the room. All equipment that uses ultraviolet light in biological safety cabinets, germicidal lamps, transluminators, and Wood's lamps can have harmful effects. Therefore, it is critical to take all necessary safety precautions when using these products.