25 Aug 2021

Wightman & Parrish

Can Ventilation Devices stop the spread of COVID-19?

There is an urgent call for action on ventilation in schools - to slow the spread of Covid-19 - when pupils return, in September.

Six education unions have written to England's education secretary, warning of a steep rise in Covid and "long Covid" when pupils return to classes.

Better airflow measures would limit disruption and sickness, unions say.

The Department for Education said: "We want to ensure schools are both safe and comfortable for students and staff - and good ventilation has consistently been part of government guidance.

"Areas where ventilation is poor should be proactively identified so that steps can be taken to improve fresh air flow if needed."

And pointing to a £1.75m pilot scheme in Bradford said it was working to identify cost-effective ways to reduce transmission in communities, and assess the most effective use of proven air purification technologies in school settings.

 The government-funded research involves 30 primary schools in Bradford, West Yorkshire, but could be rolled out nationwide if successful.

Ten of the schools will be given high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters and 10 will get UV purifiers.

The other 10 will be a control group with no devices, researchers said.

Wightman & Parrish have two different brands of devices which can help to control the spread of COVID-19 through ventilation and aircare and both of these options are available in both portable and fixed in place units:

1) Airsteril

SARS-CoV-2 belongs to the same group of viruses that cause colds and influenza. The use of AIRsteril units in call centres and offices at an NHS Trust has been shown to reduce the incidence of illness-related absences; particularly reported cases of colds, coughs, and influenza, as well as reducing other chest and respiratory problems.

AIRsteril’s Multi Purpose air purification units can be used in larger areas like classrooms and common areas. The MP100 is a powerful portable unit for clearing contaminated rooms and each 13w low energy unit has a coverage of up to 30 sq m. These units do not have any filters to change and require just one annual maintenance meaning they cost very little to run and provide an ecologically sound solution.
Nexus Foundation Special School is an ambitious special school for children and young people with profound, severe, and complex needs, many of whom are on the Autistic Spectrum. They have said:
"We decided to install Airsteril units in our nursery hygiene room, and our classroom and hygiene room used by our pupils with the most severe and complex needs. The units are permanently fitted high up on the walls of each room and they draw in the air in the room into a purification chamber. The unit then cleanses the air and expels the clean air back into the room. The units use 5 techniques proven to kill up to 98.11% of bacteria and viruses. The Airsteril units have not only provided us with protection from bacteria and viruses; they’ve also given us peace of mind."

2) Ozofresh

The Ozofresh Eclipse Pro is a heavy-duty yet entirely portable ozone-generating machine that inactivates Coronavirus in just 60 minutes. Crucially it destroys the virus on both hard and soft surfaces, as well as in the air, working on areas such as blinds, drapes, and carpets – all the same areas that are targeted by fogging. These videos explain a little more about how Ozofresh works.

It can be easily picked up and moved from room to room, protecting all types of indoor areas. The machine is versatile enough to decontaminate different sized rooms even up to 200m2. Ozone leaves no chemical residue whatsoever and no by-products. Rooms can be used again immediately after treatment.

Do you have lettings in your school? Ozofresh can be used as a great way to quickly and effectively decontaminate an area that has had public access making it safe for when students have to return.

Read some Case Studies of the Eclipse Pro in different environments here.

The Eclipse Pro requires no training to use, anyone can simply plug it in, close the door and leave it to sanitise every surface. And it’s a one-off purchase. No consumables to buy means no ongoing costs, and it can be used as often as needed. Establishments can also lease the machine for a very affordable monthly payment.

Be assured that the power of ozone is proven with laboratory testing. Its virus-destroying properties are well documented against a range of pathogens. And the renowned Nara Medical University in Japan has confirmed that it specifically kills the coronavirus causing COVID 19. Our ozone generators produce the levels of ozone required to be effective.

You can find out more about the test results here

Wightman & Parrish can arrange a free trial of the Eclipse Pro, where customers have a demonstration of the product and try it for a few days before deciding on buying.* You can purchase the Eclipse Pro here.

For more information about how ozone generators and airsteril can help control coronavirus or deal with odours please call 01323 445001 or fill out this form.


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