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Enhancing The New Normalcy With Ultraviolet (UV) Disinfection

Vision: The novel coronavirus, severe acute respiratory coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), pandemic has delivered a profound and negative impact to communities worldwide, with the suspension of normal activities having lasting effects on all. How can UV technology help with returning to normalcy?

Expected Outcome: A forum that encourages dialogue between stakeholders involved in all aspects of UV disinfection to spur communication and networking regarding resuming to normalcy measures and policies. Potential UV disinfection strategies, concerns, and regulatory barriers in restarting normal activities will be addressed over two, half-day sessions:

  • Day One of the webinar begins with UV technology basics followed by hot topic panels addressing key aspects of UV use in the public/commercial/residential buildings and transportation sectors.
  • Day Two of the webinar will explore commercial and consumer applications fighting all aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic leading to the closing webinar wrap up panel examining current policy and guidance for the UV disinfection for diverse settings and applications.
Tuesday, April 27, 2021 (Session Chair: Troy Cowan, International Ultraviolet Association)
Time (EDT)
1:00 – 1:05
Welcome (Troy Cowan, IUVA)
1:05 – 2:00

UV Technology Basics (Presenters: Katja Auer and Fateme Barancheshme)

Introducing UV technology and its germicidal effects. Various sources of UV and their applications, safety considerations, and regulatory components will be introduced.

2:00 – 3:05

Buildings (Moderator: Ashish Mathur)

Panel discussion with government official/manufacturers/specifying engineers/contractors /safety agencies on how UV solutions are been advocated, specified and successfully implemented in the workplace. The panel will discuss UV solutions inside air handling units and ductwork; upper air fixtures in rooms and portable units for surface disinfection in buildings.

3:05 – 4:10

Transportation (Moderator: Dr. Arthur Kreitenberg)

Public transportation vehicles serve as mechanical "vectors" for disease transmission like mosquitoes carry malaria. This segment explores passenger expectations in the new normal and the challenges faced by providers of public transportation.

4:10 – 4:30 
Open floor & Wrap-up by Panel Moderators (Facilitator: Mr. Troy Cowan, IUVA)
Thursday, April 29, 2021 (Session Chair: Troy Cowan, International Ultraviolet Association)
Time (EDT)
1:00 – 1:05
Welcome (Troy Cowan, IUVA)
1:05 – 1:45

Day 1 Highlights (Troy Cowan, IUVA)

  • UV Technology Basics – Katja Auer and Fateme Barancheshme 
  • Buildings – Ashish Mathur
  • Transportation – Dr. Arthur Kreitenberg
  • Brief Q&A

1:45 – 2:45

Commercial and Consumer Products (Moderator: Steve Reinecke)

This presentation will educate participants on what to look for when purchasing a UVC disinfection device. Topics will revolve around understanding claims of efficacy, safety and regulatory restrictions. We will discuss questions a purchaser should be prepared to ask a manufacturer of the UVC product prior to purchase and help purchasers understand “If something seems too good to be true, it is probably is too good to be true”. Lastly, we will give examples of false and misleading product claims and have an open discussion with all participants in the session.

2:45 - 4:00

Regulations, Policy and Standards (Moderator: Dianne Poster)

UV disinfection technologies are increasingly providing options for disinfection of surfaces and indoor environments. In this panel discussion, regulations, policy and standards supporting the evaluation of these types of technologies will be discussed. Representatives are invited from public and private sector entities to provide an open dialogue on these topics.

4:00 - 4:30
Open floor & Wrap-up by Panel Moderators (Facilitator: Mr. Troy Cowan, IUVA)
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