Optimizing Disinfection in the Pharmaceutical Industry with UV-C

Optimizing Disinfection in the Pharmaceutical Industry with UV-C

07/15/2020, 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

Stage 3, Booth 1877, Exhibit Hall
Ultraviolet light disinfection (UV-C) devices are an emerging necessity for pharmaceutical facilities to eliminate micro-organisms. Traditional methods of disinfection require long dwell times, sealed environments, extensive lengths of time, or are just simply not effective such as spraying and wiping. UV-C units can be effectively implemented as a tool to send items into a clean room by utilizing a pass-through UV-C device or even passthrough room. UV-C chambers can be positioned outside or within working spaces as well to disinfect small to medium sized objects, such as cell phones, tablets, ID cards, tools, and more. Applications of UV-C can be useful in treating the air within a space, and can be positioned within an HVAC system, or a separate UV-C air systems can be utilized externally. Entire rooms are also vital to address. These areas are often treated with the spraying and wiping method, which relies on dwell time and likely result in missed surfaces due to human error.


  • Emily Lorcheim


    Brand Manager

    ClorDiSys Solutions Inc.


  1. Objective 1. Understand the science of how UV-C light disinfection implements the bandwidth of the electromagnetic spectrum that can kill organisms. UV-C light penetrates the DNA of a cell and breaks it apart through photolytic processes. This prevents replication of the organism and causes cell death. UV-C is effective anywhere the light shines upon, and the dosage of UV-C is equivalent to the product of intensity and time. This means that the closer an organism is to the light source, the faster the kill. Another perspective, the longer the period of exposure time, the higher the dosage will be, and therefore the greater the log reduction will be. It is important to know the background on the science and dosing in order to properly utilize the technology and subsequent devices. 2. Learn the differences of various methods of disinfection and the requirements of each in order to properly and effectively achieve kill on organisms. This includes the necessary dwell time needed of chemicals on surfaces, the risk of human error in missing surfaces, and costs. 3. Discover applications in the pharmaceutical industry setting in which to implement UV-C disinfection devices. This includes, small items and tools within tabletop chambers or pass-throughs, room surfaces, room air circulation, water sources, etc. Also, understanding the impact of implementing this technology on the facility's sanitation practices, and the benefits it can provide.

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    Facility Optimization