UVGI Helmet Decontamination

How can karting tracks show customers their helmets are safe when they re-open their facilities?

UV-C Sterilization is not new, it has been used in water and air purification systems for years. More recently significant advances have seen whole room sterilization being done in hospitals with UV-C robots. Most are familiar with UV lights seen in clubs and tanning parlors. But UV-C is very specialized, and also the most dangerous UV light, that has been shown to inactivate 99.9% of germs, virus and pathogen. UV-C light with high dosing levels damages the RNA and DNA of the virus stopping its ability to replicate!

It has been demonstrated to be effective against the SARS-CoV virus culture based on that, The CDC has issued its guidance, for using UV-C for the “Decontamination and Reuse of Filtering Facepiece Respirators, against the SARS Cov2 virus that causes Covid 19”.

Ride Safe is a fully self-contained cabinet that houses 12 full face helmets. Each helmet is treated internally by 2 GTL3 3W UVGI (Ultraviolet Germicidal) lamps and externally by an additional 4 UVGI GTL3 3W lamps. In total the unit has 180 W of 254nm UVGI Source. This lets the helmets reach dosing levels necessary in 8min. The helmets are housed on 6 shelves and are loaded tandem front to back. The UVGI lamps are retracted into the helmet holder for ease of loading and unloading. Once the helmets are loaded the UVGI lamps are raised up internal to the helmet for optimum positioning of the internal UVGI source. The dosing cycle is controlled automatically by a programable timer.

The unit incorporates a UV Safe glass door with safety interlock to prevent the lights from being active while the door is open. UV-C energy at this intensity is harmful to RNA and DNA, whether a virus or person, so we have incorporated this safety feature to ensure operator safety. Removable side and rear panels permit easy maintenance and cleaning of the unit. An upper fan system is incorporated, to circulate air through the system at all times, to help with helmet drying and deodorizing.

Ride Safe is part of the SaniBoXX product line manufactured in Houston Texas by DAMZ Inc.


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