Jul 13, 2021 Upper-Room UV-C Fixtures from UV Resources Meet Zero Ozone Standard
SANTA CLARITA, CA (JULY 13, 2021) — UV Resources, a leader in UV C disinfection and HVAC efficiency solutions, today announced that its Upper-Room UVGI systems have been certified by Intertek to meet UL 2998, a zero ozone verification standard.
The UL 2998 standard reaches beyond enforced limits to ensure the company’s 253.7 nm germicidal UV fixtures operate significantly below federal ozone emission requirements in the U.S. and Canada, including those from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA).
With this independent, third party verification, UV Resources has demonstrated that its GLO™ family of Upper-Room UV fixtures meet ozone emission concentration limits of less than 0.005 ppm (5 ppb). The UL 2998 ozone emission standard is 10 times less than current levels permitted under UL 867, which allows ozone production concentrations of 0.05 ppm (50 ppb). The company’s popular RLM Xtreme™ airstream disinfection system already meets the stringent UL-2998 ozone emission standard.
“We’re happy the test results confirmed what’s been known for decades—UV-C lamps do not produce or create ozone,” said Daniel Jones, president of UV Resources. “We use the same UV-C lamps in all our products and we are confident that none produce or create ozone.”
The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Environmental Health Committee suggests that “safe ozone levels would be lower than 10 ppb” (0.01 ppm) and that “the introduction of ozone to indoor spaces should be reduced to as low as reasonably achievable (ALARA) levels.”
GLO™ UPPER AIR UV FIXTURES
The powerful GLO Series of Upper-Room Germicidal Fixtures provide the industry’s greatest amount of UV C energy to inactivate airborne viruses and bacteria, making them the best choice for airborne infection mitigation.
“UV C lamps operating at the 253.7 nm wavelength do not produce ozone, and that’s been true since the 1930s,” explains Jones. “However, we wanted to make this obvious fact explicit by having our most popular upper-room disinfection system independently tested by Intertek. UV Resources’ customers know our products are free of ozone.”
The new validation can help facility managers, building engineers and HVAC contractors identify products that improve indoor air quality (IAQ) without producing hazardous secondary chemicals or byproducts such as ozone.
Specifiers can reference Intertek report number 104351693CRT 001e, or view the online verification at bit.ly/UV-Resources-No-Ozone
WHY ZERO-OZONE EMISSIONS?
Ozone (O3) is a toxic gas that can cause respiratory tract irritation, asthma, and even permanent lung damage.
Also known as Vacuum Ultraviolet (UV V), the ozone molecule contains three (3) oxygen atoms – and as such, it has a destabilizing effect on oxygen (O2) in the air, leading to its danger to humans. Ozone can be created by disrupting the O2 molecule and splitting it into two oxygen atoms, which then attempt to attach to other oxygen molecules.
Ironically, germicidal UV light in the 240-315 nm wavelength range will break this third oxygen atom attachment and convert it back to oxygen. UV Resources, and most reputable UV-C fixture manufacturers, use lamps that operate at the 253.7 nm wavelength, an electromagnetic level that will destroy ozone.
Independent testing has verified that the UV Resources GLO™ family of Upper Room UV fixtures meet UL 2998 ozone concentration limits of less than 0.005 ppm. In addition, the GLO™ series generates up to 350 percent more ultraviolet fluence versus conventional designs, making it one of the most effective germicidal HVAC solutions available today. With the UL 2998 validation, facility managers and HVAC contractors can improve indoor air quality without hazardous secondary chemicals or byproducts such as ozone. For more information, call 877.884.4822; or visit UVResources.com.
ABOUT UV RESOURCES:
UV Resources helps facility managers disinfect moving airstreams, interrupt the transmission of airborne infectious diseases, and kill microbial contaminants that impede HVAC efficiency. The founders of UV Resources pioneered the application of UV-C energy in HVAC equipment nearly 25 years ago. Today, the company operates a comprehensive manufacturing and distribution network to supply market-leading UV-C solutions around the world. For more information, call 877.884.4822; or visit UVResources.com.
For editorial assistance, contact Joel Williams at 708.227.1095 or e-mail: joel.williams@UVResources.com.