The COVID-19 virus is highly infectious and spreads through contact. While there's no conclusive research done on how long the virus survives on different surfaces, experts believe that it can last for several hours to a few days. That's why it is important to limit contact with surfaces in public areas as much as possible.
At Innovative Lift Consulting, we know that elevators can easily be high-risk locations. They are essential systems in highrises and have several points that people touch regularly, like buttons or handrails. Here's a look at some technologies and components that can help you control the spread:
1. Touchless Elevator Button Terminal
Elevator buttons are the most commonly touched parts of a lift. Even people who are diligent about cleaning their hands after touching public surfaces can forget that elevator buttons aren’t entirely sanitary. It is instinctive to press a button to summon a lift or enter the floor number without thinking about taking any precautions.
A touchless elevator button terminal is the perfect workaround for this problem. It can help limit the virus's spread through contact, which is one of the most common ways to get an infection. People touch dirty elevator buttons, forget to sanitise their hands, and then touch their mouth, nose, or eyes. A touchless elevator terminal uses holographic and other such sensing technologies to identify what the user wants. The technology can be customised to fit your elevator, regardless of its make and model.
Most of these touchless elevator button technologies are designed to be plug-and-play, so there's no complicated installation process involved.
2. UV-C Light Sanitizing For Escalator Handrails
Most people hold on to handrails while riding an escalator because being on a moving surface can disrupt a person’s sense of balance. The best way to ensure this surface is safe to touch and doesn’t cause a spread is to install a UV-C Light sanitising system. The light actively sanitises the handrail with every cycle, which ensures the surface is safe to touch at all times.
Passengers must practice social distancing and limit their touch to a specific spot to ensure this system works. You may want to install those instructions at the top and bottom of the elevator to control the spread.
The UV-C sanitising system is an internal component that exposes railing surfaces to UV-C light. When a section of the railing rolls under the system after a cycle, the area is automatically disinfected. The process is constant so the surface will be clean as long as the escalator is working. Products from companies like Otis and Renclean effectively remove 99% of all bacteria and germs, including COVID-19. They are suitable for all kinds of escalator handrails and are easy to install, which makes them a good investment.
3. Antimicrobial Copper Film
If you are worried about the different technologies like touchless elevator buttons not being compatible with your elevator, consider installing antimicrobial copper film on contact surfaces. These films eliminate 99% of germs and bacteria upon contact, which means the surface is safe to touch.
Copper alloys actively kill dangerous microbes on contact by destroying their DNA. Most viruses like COVID-19 can survive on regular surfaces for four days or more; copper surfaces eliminate them within seconds. The film is easy to install and doesn’t compromise the function of your buttons or similar components. Copper films are also visually pleasing, which means they're the right choice for business and retail locations.
If you want to know more about these technologies, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at Innovative Lift Consulting. You can call us on 0417 784 245 or use this contact form.