AIRsteril in the education environment
Controlling infections and reducing absenteeism in the education sector
If you could reduce staff and pupil sickness and absenteeism, while improving the air quality where you teach, why wouldn’t you?
Introducing AIRsteril, a revolutionary air sterilisation technology that can be used to improve air quality, eliminate bacteria and viruses, and reduce sickness and absenteeism for your staff and pupils. Whether you focus on common areas and high footfall zones, or install right down to classroom level, AIRsteril offers a quiet, affordable, non-invasive approach to minimise person-to-person transfer of bacteria and viruses.
Why is air sterilisation?
Often referred to as air purification, several cutting-edge technologies are combined into a handy portable or wall-mounted unit, designed to clean and purify air, and eliminate pathogens and nasties. Air is drawn in and treated via a number of processes, before being released back into the atmosphere along with a substance called Plasma Quatro. The Plasma then goes to work in the wider environment, settling on surfaces and moving through the air, degenerating bacteria, viruses and spores in as little as 60 minutes. For you, this means better, cleaner air quality, and reduced risk of person-to-person illness transfer. Even better, it works 24/7 too.
Why is it effective?
As highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic, infection control within education environments is one of the most challenging, watching as cases spread through schools, colleges, and universities. Unless you are in a sterile clean-room environment, the air around us is filled with an extensive collection of bacteria, viruses, spores, moulds, pathogens, germs and volatile organic compounds, many of which will be breathed in to spread the infection, and all of which can and will settle on surfaces and begin to reproduce. A good quality, regular cleaning schedule can help to reduce the risk, as can ventilating rooms effectively, but the challenge within an education setting is the constant flow of people, the interaction between lots of different groups, the introduction of infection from outside the setting e.g. via siblings for example, and the size and scale of the environments. This means that as soon as cleaning has finished and people return to their normal flow, infection and cross-contamination risk rises again, and is very difficult to manage.
Installation of air sterilisation units provide a proactive, 24/7 management of this risk, not only eliminating surface viruses, bacteria and pathogens, but also eliminating airborne ones too. It works to 100% clear a room in as little as 60 minutes, providing ongoing infection management, regardless of how many people there are, where they interact and how they move. Even better, a quantified study in a similar, densely populated environment, found that absenteeism fell by 54% over the nine month study, saving the business over £200,000, most of which was attributed to a fall in respiratory and intestinal illness transfer.
Which units are most suitable?
There are a number of styles and formats of AIRsteril units, including mobile units which can move from room to room, often alongside cleaning teams, or wall- or ceiling-mounted units which provide constant in-room protection. They are priced and installed based on size, but the units most commonly in use in education environments are:
Multipurpose MP100 – the AIRsteril mobile version, which can be moved from classroom to classroom or accompany your cleaning team
Multi Flex – a wall- or ceiling-mounted unit best for common areas, large rooms or high footfall zones
Air Silent – the quietest wall-mounted unit, best for libraries and quiet working zones. Also suitable for use in classrooms and music rooms.
Washroom Thermal or Washroom Complete – the wall-mounted units which have the added focus of controlling odour in toilets, changing rooms and high odour areas.
Managing Asthma and allergens
Although absenteeism and infection management are likely to be your primary focus, it is worth noting that the AIRsteril units are not just effective on viruses and bacteria. They have six unique technologies inside, which also remove dust, particles, mould spores and other allergens from the air. This has the added advantage of helping to support staff and pupils who have asthma or other respiratory challenges, or who are sensitive to many airborne allergens.