Airborne pathogens pose a threat to the health and safety of building occupants. Hospitals and healthcare facilities understand this. In the wake of the COVD-19 pandemic, commercial business owners realize this as well. It’s important for every business owner, facilities director, and building manager to understand the impact of airborne viruses on their staff and visitors. Products such as bipolar ionizers clean the air and kill viruses like SARS-CoV-2 and devices like standalone temperature scanners help keep everyone safe.
Airborne Virus Transmission
The coronavirus travels via airborne transmission. When an infected person coughs or sneezes, they expel thousands of tiny droplets. The virus attaches to those droplets and travels through the air. Some land on surfaces such as countertops and desks. From there, they infect a person when they touch these surfaces then touch their mouths or nose. Airborne droplets stay in the air for hours where they get breathed into the lungs by building occupants.
COVID-19 screening kits provide accurate results within 3-5 business days. Depending on the results, businesses either start the disinfection process or remain open with safeguards in place. Several devices help remove pathogens. Standalone temperature scanners detect abnormal body temperatures to prevent infected people from entering the building. Used together, these devices limit risk.
Standalone Temperature Scanners
It’s important to keep staff and visitors safe in buildings, of course, but it’s also important to prevent infected people from entering. Standalone temperature scanners remain the most effective option for getting fast, accurate temperature readings. Handheld scanners take longer—up to 13 seconds—to use and to disinfect between uses than standalone models.
How to Use Standalone Temperature Scanners
An increasing number of businesses, such as gyms, spas, museums, and retail outlets use these standing kiosks to protect their patrons. Using touchless scanners at each entrance also shows visitors that a business is serious about safety. They also reduce lines and wait times when entering a building.
The most effective non-contact temperature thermal scanners detect temperatures between 95.9° F to 107.6° F. They return results in 0.1 seconds. Consider only a standalone scanner that complies with the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s COVID-19 Policy and provides +/-0.5°F accuracy. Larger facilities save money with volume purchases to protect multiple entry points.
All-in-one standalone devices come with a stand, thermal sensor, and a tablet computer. When a person enters the building they receive a prompt to move their face near the scanner screen. The device shows a green light for a normal reading and red light and an audible signal for abnormally high readings. The device also detects the presence of face coverings and prompts the person to put one on if none is detected. Of course, staff members respond according to alerts.
One weapon in the fight against the spread of SARS-CoV-2 is bipolar ionization. These devices mount onto existing HVAC systems. They release millions of ions into the ductwork. These ions have either a negative or positive charge. When they come in contact with a virus, they form a cluster around it. This triggers oxidation in the virus and renders it ineffective. HVAC filters catch these clusters before they circulate. Bipolar ionizers also destroy bacteria, mold, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Ionizers reduce odors too.
Needlepoint bipolar ionization is a solution to the problem of airborne pathogens. Schools, universities, and medical offices all rely on these devices to create safer indoor air quality. Bipolar ionizers are also available for home use. When used together with devices such as standalone temperature scanners, ionizers help keep building occupants safe.
Air purifiers remain a popular choice to provide clean indoor air. Wall-mounted units work well in small shared spaces. Depending on the model, these devices clean air in rooms up to 300 square feet. More powerful models work in rooms up to 1400 square feet. These devices install with ease but also come with floor stands for greater mobility.
Start Protecting Your Facilities Today
Test kits, bipolar ionizers, air purifiers, and standalone temperature scanners—all are effective tools in the fight against the COVID-19. They keep staff and visitors safe so businesses can stay open and serve their communities. To order these products, call us today at 727-572-4550. Ask us about our volume discounts.