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THE POWER OF UV

Here at Violet Defense, we are passionate about protecting our world from germs. As part of this journey, our blog helps us all to become more “germ aware” about the risks that germs pose to our health and wellness in everyday places, but more importantly how UV light has the power to help us fight this war against harmful bacteria and viruses.

 

 
 
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6 Things to Know About Your Office Before Cold & Flu Season
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The cold and flu season, which runs from mid-December to March according to the CDC, is quickly approaching.  Here are a few surprising things to know about the risks of your office for you and your employees.    

1.  Up to 80% of Employees Will Come to Work Sick

Recent studies have shown repeatedly that the majority of employees will come to the office while they are sick - as many as 80% reported doing so by a poll completed by Staples.  Even if they did go home sick, up to two-thirds indicate they will return to work while they are still contagious.

2.  Bacteria and Viruses Can Survive For Days 

According to Dr. Charles Gerba, Environmental microbiologist from the University of Arizona, "coughing and sneezing can leave behind a 'minefield of viruses' that can live on a surface for up to 3 days.  Influenza is known to last up to 24 hours, especially on hard surfaces like you would find in a typical office environment.

3.  Eating At Your Desk Could be Harmful

Employees may eat lunch at their desk as a way to squeeze in a few more minutes of their day, but they could be putting themselves at risk.  Leave a few crumbs behind and you've created a breeding ground for bacteria.  According to some reports, as many as 47% of working adults will eat lunch at their desk. 

4.  Your Desk May Have More Bacteria Than a Toilet Seat

Think through the typical things you see your cleaning crew touch - they vacuum, they take out the trash, they clean the bathrooms - but do they clean anything on your desk?  Studies have shown that the average desk harbors 400 times more bacteria than an average toilet seat.  Keyboards can be especially hard to clean so many of us don't - 50% of people don't clean it more than once a month and 10% never bother at all.  Dr. Gerba also reported that he has found that they could reduce absenteeism in schools by 50% simply by disinfecting their desks once a day.  

5.  Break Rooms Are Another Hidden Danger

Another area of your office that you might not think about that could be placing you at risk for exposure is your break room.  

A study by “The Healthy Workplace Project" found high levels of contamination on these surfaces:

  • 75 percent of break room sink faucet handles
  • 48 percent of microwave door handles
  • 26 percent of refrigerator door handles
  • 23 percent of water fountain buttons
  • 21 percent of vending machine buttons

6.  New ultraviolet light Technologies Are Available to Protect Your Office

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While hand washing will always be a necessary line of defense to protect from person-to-person contact, implementing strategies to disinfect your office can help reduce illnesses.  Some experts even say that implementing certain protocols could help cut absenteeism in half.

Violet Defense has a variety of solutions that reduce the number of bacteria on surfaces that are not cleaned by the custodial staff or that may have been missed.  These solutions could be installed to run automatically over night to help employees start each day in a clean office, added to your bathrooms, or added as part of the cleaning staff's nightly routine.

For more information on how Violet Defense can add a layer of protection to help keep your employees healthy and productive, contact us.

 

Risky Business? Foodborne Illnesses and Their Impact on Customers and Business
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foodborne illnesses

Each year, millions of people acquire foodborne illnesses from bacteria and viruses - including in restaurants, catering or banquet facilities, and other locations.  It's estimated that 1 in 10 people fall ill to foodborne diseases.

The costs of these outbreaks are tremendous - not only in terms of the health implications for the medical costs, lost time from work, and unfortunately too many premature deaths.  However, these costs can also extend to the businesses as well.  Simply search for articles about outbreaks in restaurants or visit a site like Food Safety News, and you will find an abundance of recent stories of outbreaks, lost revenue due to closings necessary to deal with the bacteria or viruses at hand, and even lawsuits.

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While there are many strategies to help reduce the risk of outbreaks, effectively sanitizing surfaces and equipment are critical to this list.  In 2015-2016, locally there were 65,000 food safety violations due to food-contact surfaces not being properly cleaned and sanitized in restaurants.  With that number from Florida alone, imagine the numbers throughout the United States.  Download Violet Defense's Guide:  The Risks of Foodborne Illnesses to Your Customers & Your Business to learn more about the risks your customers and your business face.  

Even with the best of intentions or highly trained staff - how do you know if you have effectively disinfected your entire space?  Areas can be missed.  Chemicals may have not been left on long enough to ensure that the germs you are concerned about have been dealt with properly.  Adding another layer of protection could be the key. 

ultraviolet light for disinfection

Ultraviolet light is a great way to provide insurance that you have effectively disinfected a space as it kills germs anywhere the light touches.  To learn more about how Violet Defense can help bring UV to your restaurant or food facility to protect your customers and your business, contact us.  

New Tools Against a Global Threat
 
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Most of us are aware that we are surrounded by germs every day, but a lot of us don't really like to think about that.  Unfortunately, the potential dangers have grown too high for us to not pay attention or take it that seriously.

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If you look at the top causes of death according to the World Health Organization's Global Health Estimates (2015), you will see commonly known threats like ischemic heart disease and stroke.  However, you'd be missing the real threat that germs represent to our health and wellness.

When you total up all of the deaths caused by infections due to germs that surround us (ranging from diarrhoeal diseases to respiratory infections and STDs), you start to see a very concerning picture.  Various bacterial and viral infections cause approximately 9.3 million deaths each year, making it the second leading cause of death compared to 10 million from heart disease and 8.7 million from cancer.

Most are unaware that over 9 million people, based on 2015 WHO data, across the world die from illnesses caused by germs each year, comparable to heart disease and greater than cancer.
— Mark Nathan, CEO, Violet Defense

When you combine the harmful impact germs represent, the continued growth in antibiotic resistance, and recent pandemics like the 2014 Ebola epidemic that killed 11,000 people, new agencies outside of the traditional health care sector are starting to pay attention to this issue that can have widespread consequences.  Recently, the World Bank's annual meeting included a simulation about how things like travel and tourism could be affected by a mystery respiratory virus.   After the Ebola Response, the bank wanted "to prepare much more systematically to be ready for the 100 percent probability we will be dealing with this again," according to Tim Evans, senior director for health, nutrition and population at the World Bank.

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The good news is that as we become more aware of the threat, we can develop and deploy new solutions.  Violet Defense has recently launched a new line of germ-killing light products, including our S.A.G.E. UV Whole Room Unit that can add a layer of protection to a virtually unlimited number of locations.  The small footprint of our products, coupled with the germ-killing power, enables clinical-level cleaning in everyday spaces - from hotels, restaurants, and cruise lines to assisted living facilities, doctor's offices, schools, and hospitals.

Contact us to find out more about how Violet Defense can help you protect yourself, your employees, and your customers against this very real threat.

 

 

 

 

Jessica JonesUV, outbreaks, germs, uv light
Guide to Understanding UV Light & How It's Redefining Clean
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antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

Many of us don’t like to think about the germs that surround us every day, but unfortunately with continually evolving and newly identified germs, along with growing concerns over antibiotic resistance to known germs, we have to take new steps to help protect ourselves.  In the United States alone, there are over 2 million people a year that become infected with bacteria resistant to antibiotics.  The CDC has labeled 18 bacteria as drug-resistant threats at this point.  Utilizing germicidal light as the next layer of defense is a trend that has gained new momentum in recent years as a new solution, even though it's been around for years.  In fact - it’s been over 140 years since Downes & Blunt discovered the antibacterial effects of sunlight.

ultraviolet light for disinfection

In spite of the extensive history and research that has gone into understanding germ-killing power of light and Ultraviolet (UV) light in particular, many of us do not know about or fully understand the capabilities of UV light.  A key aspect of UV light as a germ-killing technology is that microbes are unable to build immunity to it because it targets bacteria and viruses at the DNA and RNA levels.  And while many of the traditional UV systems utilize UV-C light only, Violet Defense has developed a very compact and cost-effective unit which delivers pulsed Xenon light that includes UV-A, UV-B, UV-C, and violet-blue light to maximize the germicidal effects. Download the Violet Defense Guide to Understanding UV Light to learn more about how UV is revolutionizing the way we clean and why UV might be the right solution for you.  

The Violet Defense UV solutions are specifically engineered to add a layer of protection to every day spaces where we encounter these harmful germs.  Even better – our installed options allow the units to run autonomously – giving you the protection you need without requiring your time or labor.  Not only is this a cost-effective solution, but a highly effective one - killing up to 99.9% of bacteria and viruses, including E. coli, Salmonella, MRSA, and norovirus.

For more information, contact Violet Defense today to discuss how our cutting-edge technology can help protect your world every day.

Jessica JonesUV, UV light, Disinfection