Since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, peoples’ perceptions and expectations for sanitising have increased significantly. It is now expected that organisations and businesses have effective sanitising strategies and processes in place to help people feel more secure and protected in their premises.
When it comes to sports clubs or sports facilities, this requirement for thorough sanitising processes becomes even more important, because of peoples’ actions and the way they use these facilities.
When actively engaged in sport or physical activity, people naturally breathe much more heavily. This increases chances of droplets being released and spreading in the facility. Physical activity and perspiration also triggers the touching of faces as people wipe perspiration from their faces or attempt to cool themselves by waving their hands by their face. If they have touched a surface that has been contaminated with bacteria or virus particles, this touching and waving of hands by their face can give direct access for bacteria and viruses into their bodies.
As a result, it’s vital that sports facilities implemented strict sanitizing / disinfection processes, to help keep risk of illness transmission low on their premises. Surfaces and air should be regularly disinfected to remove any particles (such as viruses and bacteria) that may be harmful to those onsite.
However, it’s also important that sports facilities consider which method of disinfection is best for their premises. Some methods of disinfection require spraying chemicals to destroy bacteria and viruses. These chemicals could be harmful to equipment – particularly any equipment covered in fabric or made from delicate materials. Disinfectants can also leave chemical residue behind after use, which could be harmful to people if inhaled or ingested. Given the fact that people are likely to be breathing heavily while using sports facilities, this increases the risk of inhaling harmful chemicals if the facilities have been disinfected using chemical disinfectants. Similarly if frequently-touched surfaces have been sanitized using chemical disinfectants that leave residue behind after use, this residue could easily make its way onto peoples’ hands – which as we’ve mentioned are likely to come into contact with their faces during physical activity. Again, this could pose risk to athletes or sports club members.
UV sanitising may be a beneficial alternative to chemical disinfectants for many sports clubs and sports facilities, because it does the same job without the use of harsh chemicals.
The Benefits of UV Disinfection for Sports Facilities
Chemical-Free: UV Disinfection uses only ultraviolet light, so there are no chemicals sprayed and no chemical residue left behind after disinfection. This reduces any risk of athletes / members inhaling, ingesting or coming into contact with harmful chemicals.
Fast & Efficient: UV disinfection can be quite quick, depending on the strength of the UV steriliser(s) in use. Changing rooms and bathrooms can be disinfected in a matter of minutes, though large sports halls may take somewhat longer. UV disinfection is hands-free, however, so there is no manual labour involved in sanitizing – simply switch on the device and leave the room. As soon as disinfection is complete, the room(s) will be safe to enter and use immediately, with no airing out required.
UV sterilising is effective against all bacteria, viruses, fungi and mould.
Gentle on equipment: UV disinfection uses only ultraviolet light to disinfect air and surfaces. Therefore there are no harsh chemicals in use which could damage or wear down equipment.
Frequency: UV disinfection can be completed as frequently as you want or need. UV sterilizers are generally sold or leased, so there is no need to book appointments for disinfection service providers to come and clean your facility. And as there are no harsh chemicals in use, you are free and able to disinfect your premises as often as you’d like.