THE SCIENCE BEHIND OUR PRODUCTS
Transmission of microbial diseases can involve multiple pathways, and it is clear that many diseases can be acquired by healthy individuals from contact with objects and surfaces that have been contaminated by diseased individuals. Our units are designed to mitigate bacteria and viruses in this pathway by way of high-intensity UVC irradiation. The use of Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation (UVGI) to control microbial pathogens is a widely accepted application used for decades in hospital settings, wastewater treatment and other specialized applications. By expanding the use of UVGI, we have been able to develop our one-of-a-kind patented solution to help individuals in many new industries.
INCIDENT RESPONSE BAG - 3 MINUTE EXPOSURE TESTING
Average = 80.3 mJ/cm2
UVGI technology uses specific dosages of millijoules per square centimeter (mJ/cm2) and each microbial disease pathogen has a unique dosage at which it is inactivated by UVC irradiation (that is, UVC energy received per unit area in a given measurement time). From our latest testing, with 2 minutes of exposure time in our Incident Response Bag delivers an average of 80.3 mJ/cm2 which is more than the necessary amount needed for 99.99% inactivation for the microorganisms listed in the table listed above. It is known that 99.9% of any virus or bacteria can be inactivated by applying light energy of approximately 10 mJ/cm2.
Our units bring this technology to the forefront and apply it to everyday objects including first responder equipment, hospital beds and gurneys, medical instruments, hung-up clothing, tactical/hazmat gear, personal belongings, vehicles, and athletic equipment. used by healthy people every day, decontaminating these objects and making them safer for future use.
AREA DECON UNIT - 3 MINUTE EXPOSURE VEHICLE TESTING
Big Sky Decon conducted testing to see how effective the Area Decon Unit is at decontaminating the inside of a vehicle. Below is information regarding the testing results:
Position of each number in the vehicle is the dosage at that marked spot
Note that the unit is readily repositionable to other/multiple interior locations in vehicle.
Note that exposure times are infinitely adjustable to increase or decrease dosages as needed.
Testing shows that the windshield and door glass effectively block UVC irradiation:
The windshield blocked UVC from 74 mJ/cm2 inside to 0.002 mJ/cm2 on outside surface and 0.0007 mJ/cm2 at 9” away from the outside of glass.
Thus, no shielding required outside of vehicle during interior exposure
BIG SKY DECON INTEGRITY TEST
These items were subjected to twenty, 3-minute treatments in one of Big Sky Decon's prototype units dedicated to first responders. To simulate repeated use, all items were removed from the unit after each treatment, held under ambient room conditions for at least 3 minutes and then randomly replaced into our unit for the next treatment cycle. After every 5 cycles, each PPE article was carefully examined as follows: I) visually for any change in appearance; II) by handling, manipulation, and articulation of any moving parts; and III) by repeated stretching of each exam glove in multiple directions with additional visual examination.
POTENTIAL DANGERS OF CURRENT CHEMICAL DISINFECTION METHODS
Chemicals, foggers, and ozone applications can be harmful to the human body and can cause severe burns, respiratory system issues, liver damage, eye damage, and in some cases chemical exposure can cause cancer and brain issues.
There are many chemicals that are dangerous to the human body that can be found in the products people use daily.
Individuals can be at risk of liability due to using chemical disinfectants that can be harmful to the customers health.