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'Non Touch' Decontamination Methods

HSL is to run a 1 day course on 'Non Touch' Decontamination Methods.

Please email your expression of interest

It is likely that some level of physical cleaning for indoor environments will always be required where hygiene is important, but various 'non-touch' technologies now exist that can enhance the removal of contamination from surfaces and the air.

Some of these technologies have demonstrated measurable improvements in hygiene levels, often supported by published data, and have been applied across a range of workplace and healthcare settings.  These include hospital treatment areas, waiting rooms, laboratory environments, food and beverage processing areas and emergency vehicles.  National security measures have also benefitted from the use of these systems, giving improved Government preparedness should chemical or microbiological releases to the environment ever occur in the UK. Established non-touch technologies include fumigation delivery such as hydrogen peroxide vapour, true gases and dry-mist disinfectants, all of which have the capability of treating surfaces and airborne contaminants. In addition to these, biocidal ultraviolet light, typically in the form of UVc, has also been evaluated for the disinfection of surfaces.  It offers the advantage of 'wheel in/wheel out' technology without the chemical residues associated with some other disinfection approaches.  Air purification devices are also now widely available , either as stand alone units or ventilation integrated systems, and are usually designed to work in the background, cleaning the air and avoiding the need to remove people from the treated area.

This seminar offered by HSL will consider these and related applications, providing useful insight in to their intended function, advantages and limitations.  The event will use various examples of how such equipment has been used in the front line fight against environmental contamination, such as the recent concerns over Ebola transmission in the UK and how non-touch decontamination played its part. Usability and general considerations for safety in use for the various systems will be discussed, as well as where each approach might be most advantageously used.  It is anticipated that an enforcement related perspective will also be available as part of the training event, bringing a regulatory perspective on decontamination requirements and presenting the inspector's expectations for some of the more hazardous environments where these non-touch technologies may be used.  Finally, and as part of the day's activities, an afternoon lab tour will be available for anyone interested in seeing more of HSL's facilities.  The tour will include test areas of relevance for the topics of the day, including exposure chambers, personal protective equipment facilities and ventilation test rigs.


The seminar will be held at the Health & Safety Laboratory in the spa town of Buxton. Buxton is in the heart of the Peak District and has good links to mainline train stations and Manchester International Airport.


The cost of this seminar is £395 per person (includes notes, lunch and refreshments).


For further information email: or contact the Training & Conferences Unit at HSL directly on +44 (0)1298 218806.

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HSL Training & Conferences Unit
Harpur Hill
Buxton, Derbyshire
SK17 9JN

+44 (0)203 028 3704