Sanitizing Classrooms, Schools, and University Spaces with Far-UV Light

Sanitizing Classrooms, Schools, & University Spaces with Far-UV Light

Without question, any space where humans come in close contact with one another is a perfect candidate for the beneficial sanitization and disinfection properties of safeUV Far-UV lamps. Among these known spaces are the many classrooms, lecture halls, and gathering locations present in our nation’s educational environments. In many cases, these spaces receive sporadic disinfection through manual cleaning practices that do not completely sterilize surfaces or remove airborne pathogens. With the implementation of Far-UV lamps, classrooms, schools, and universities can offer a safer and ultimately more productive learning environment for students and teachers to share. This article addresses the disinfection properties of 222nm UV light, how it sanitizes spaces like classrooms, the benefits of improved air quality, and the ideal installation locations of safeUV technology.

safeUV Far-UV Lamps for Educational Settings

While the mandatory vaccine requirements have done wonders to prevent the spread of communicable diseases and illnesses in educational settings, more can be done. It is important to consider that not only are these pathogens spreading from student to student, or student to teacher, these illnesses are carried home and spread amongst family members and friends. Implementing safeUV technology into classrooms and schools is a critical step in disrupting the chain and safely sanitizing shared spaces.


The primary benefit that Far-UV brings to classroom and school settings is that it is entirely safe for occupied spaces. Very few, if any, other traditional cleaning tactics can be safely implemented while these spaces are utilized and even fewer work to treat airborne pathogens. With overhead UV-light, the coughs and sneezes spreading germs are immediately cleansed before they have a chance to spread to another.

How Does Far-UV Light Sanitize Classrooms?

Overhead installations of 222nm Far-UV lamps are capable of continuously disinfecting occupied spaces, like classrooms, with the simple flick of a light switch. The technology implemented into safeUV excimer lamps penetrates microbes to a molecular level and destroys DNA structure to inhibit replication. Unlike the popular germicidal 254 nm UV-light used to sanitize medical equipment, Far-UV light provides the same germ-eradication benefits without being a danger to human skin or eyes.


These excimer lamps emit ultraviolet light in the form of photons at a non-harmful wavelength of 222nm that provides real-time disinfection to air, liquids, and surfaces. Gone are the days of solely relying on handheld disinfection methods like wipes and sprays long after students have gone home for the day. Now, with safeUV technology, if a student coughs without covering their mouth, the expelled germs can be instantaneously eradicated before they have a chance to infect another student. Instead of relying on a more “reactive” method of manual surface disinfection, safeUV advocates for destroying germs at the source before they have a chance to spread.

Ideal Locations for safeUV 222nm Lamps

The applications for safeUV 222nm Lamps extends far beyond the shared classrooms of our schools and universities. There is no doubt that the transference of germs and pathogens exists outside of the classroom, making safeUV Lamps ideal for a number of pivotal locations. Any shared space where students or teachers may come in close contact with each other is ripe to benefit from sanitizing UV-light. Some of the suggested installation locations for safeUV lamps are listed below:


  • Bathrooms: All bathroom spaces are a prime location for sanitization through UV-light. Overhead lights are capable of instantly disinfecting the many handles, counters, and other surfaces present in restrooms that come in contact with expelled airborne pathogens or fluid transferred germs.


  • Locker Rooms: Changing spaces for students should be continuously disinfected to keep athletes healthy and to maintain optimal performance. Locker rooms are also frequently opened to students from other schools and could introduce an illness.


  • Weight Rooms: Whether cardio training or weight training, air is aspirated at a much greater rate in these rooms and sanitizing airborne pathogens is essential. Protection from UV-light helps support the cleanliness of workout equipment, weights, and many touch screens present on modern cardio machines.


  • Administrative Offices: Oftentimes, administrative spaces in schools and universities are open to outside visitors like parents or vendors. Protecting administrative staff from extraneous germs with continuous overhead disinfection of desks, tables, counterdoors, door handles, and seating options is crucial for the overall efficiency of your school or university.


  • Nurse’s Office & Health Centers: There are few places more essential for continual UV-light disinfection than a Nurse’s Office or on-site Health Center. Sick students already carrying harmful pathogens frequent this location and should receive necessary care in a clean and sterile environment.


  • HVAC Systems: Installing safeUV 222nm lamps in any of the above locations is a great step forward to disinfecting your school or university. However, some may consider implementing UV-light sanitization into HVAC systems to eradicate airborne pathogens at the source. As air is continually exchanged through the HVAC system, it can be thoroughly sanitized for 222nm light and reintroduced to the classroom, improving air quality and student/teacher wellbeing.

Far-UV & Benefits of Improved Indoor Air Quality

While still in the infancy of discovery, sanitization through the application of Far-UV light is showing promising results pertaining to overall indoor air quality of a shared space. Not surprisingly, the higher quality air circulating through a space has several benefits for its occupants. A premier advocate for the benefits of improved indoor air quality, Harvard Professor Joseph Allen has gone so far as to suggest that air quality has direct correlation to cognitive abilities, primarily in business settings.


It is not hard to imagine that the same benefits from improved indoor air quality would not also drastically improve the cognitive function of students and teachers in educational settings. If the same blind studies from Professor Allen’s research were applied to educational settings, it stands to reason that results would show improved test results, focus, and cognitive performance. Time will tell how rapidly this technology and research is implemented in educational settings. Now, there are many distractions and factors impacting student performance in modern educational environments but improving air quality is an excellent starting point.

Choosing safeUV for Far-UV Sanitization

A cleaner, safer, and ultimately more productive educational environment is all possible with the simple addition of safeUV 222 nm overhead lamps. Some schools and universities may start small, only choosing to install Far-UV technology in select spaces throughout their buildings. But there is a path forward for UV sanitization becoming the primary disinfection method for these spaces as the technology continues to advance and become more cost-effective. In many instances, safeUV does not wholly replace manual cleaning methods but offers an exceptional supplemental strategy for the sanitization for occupied spaces. If you are considering adding UV-light sanitization tactics to your classrooms, school, or university, safeUV is here to help. At any time, you can submit a quote request through the link below to start the important conversation and work towards better protecting the students, teachers, and administrative staff educating the future.


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