J Med Assoc Thai 2009; 92 (12):142

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Design and Development of Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation Device for Controlling Airborne Bacteria in the Workplace
Yoosook W Mail, Kongtip P , Chantanakul S

Objective: To design and develop an ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) device for controlling airborne
bacteria in the workplace of hospitals.

Material and Method: The constructed UVGI device was a chamber, consisting of a return air grille, an air
supply grille, two 30-watt ultraviolet lamps and a cross flow fan inside the chamber. The efficiency of the UVGI
device was tested at three different flow rates of 15.7, 31.6 and 46.1 m3/min, respectively by collecting bacteria
samples before and after operating the device for 30, 60, 90 and 120 minutes.

Results: The efficiency of the UVGI device at flow rates of 15.7, 31.6 and 46.1 m3/min was 60.6, 92.8 and 80.8%,
respectively and the bacteria concentration was reduced to less than 100 cfu/m3, except at the flow rate of 15.7
m3/min. The application of the UVGI device in the specimen-received room showed that the concentration of
bacteria was reduced to less than 100 cfu/m3 after 180 minutes.

Conclusion: The constructed UVGI device was effective to reduce airborne bacteria in workplace of hospital.

Keywords: Ultraviolet germicidal irradiation device, Bacteria, Workplace of hospital

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