New portable air disinfection device kills coronavirus
Now available in Canada for high density buildings and elevators
TORONTO — New hospital grade technology that kills airborne coronaviruses can make the air in office buildings safer and give employees and tenants the confidence to return to the workplace.
“As Canadian businesses seek new ways to adapt to the ongoing disruption created by the global pandemic, the Novaerus device revolutionizes the return to work for offices, high-rises and, most importantly, the public,” said Daniel De Monte, CEO of Flat Iron Building Group, in a prepared statement.
He, along with President Julie Phillips purchased the devices for their employees and worksites in response to Covid-19 and the desire to reduce risk and create healthier workplaces.
Novaerus is a certified medical device used in hospitals and healthcare settings for infection control. Independent laboratory testing has proven the patented ultra-low-energy plasma technology used in Novaerus devices can kill airborne bacteria and viruses (including influenza, coronaviruses, norovirus, measles and tuberculosis) as well as airborne mold and fungi.
The devices are currently used in schools, hospitals and hundreds of other facilities in Europe, the United States and Asia.
According to a company statement, the Novaerus technology can kill 99.9% of MS2 Bacteriophage, a surrogate for SARS-CoV-2 (coronavirus). De Monte and Phillips created Flairon Microclimates Ltd. to become a Canadian distributor of the European medical devices.
“The Novaerus devices were introduced to Canada last September for medical facilities that require the highest air purity such as intensive care units and in-vitro fertilization labs, but we immediately recognized the benefit and asked ourselves why not apply this medical innovation to a broader community?” said Phillips.
The portable devices help close the gap in infection control protocol which had previously focused mostly on hand washing and the disinfection of surfaces. Mounting evidence and acknowledgement from the World Health Organization confirmed that the SARS-CoV2 virus can potentially spread through airborne aerosol droplets.
“Our goal is to bring medical standard hygiene, sanitation, and air quality to Canadian construction, high-rise residential, office building and commercial markets,” said Phillips.
Three Novaerus devices, approved as Class 1 medical devices by Health Canada are available through Flairon Microclimates Ltd. and range in size and function, disinfecting air in various situations including elevators, washrooms, conference rooms and offices.
“This is a way for employers to reduce risks and make people more comfortable with being in elevators and working in offices,” added Phillips.
“Workplaces and high-rises investing in these devices will not only help create healthier environments, but they will demonstrate care to tenants, employees and insurers,” said De Monte.