I think it is fair to say that people are interested in staying healthy. Would field safety be a concern if you knew the dangers? Why would it take up so much news time if this were not the case? Every day we hear about new research that tells us all of the reasons we should eat this or not eat that. We are used to hearing news stories that our bathrooms, kitchens, purses, and every other thing we touch has unwanted bacteria and microorganisms lurking around. We have learned to write off such statements as overblown media hype. What I am telling you today is not hype.
What we haven’t been hearing is about the increase in MRSA (multidrug-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) cases growing at a very rapid rate here in the United States. One of the biggest culprits of this recent spread? Synthetic turf. Do you play Soccer Indoors, have kids with synthetic turf at school, or visit a rec center with synthetic turf? Are they taking any measures to keep it sanitary? Recent studies show that football players playing on synthetic turf have a 16 percent higher chance of developing MRSA or other infections. This is where in-field safety comes in. In-field safety addresses synthetic turf maintenance and getting rid of the MRSA risk for athletes and others using synthetic turf.
In-Field Safety and Synthetic Turf Maintenance
Synthetic turf companies often sell customers on a “zero maintenance cost” of synthetic turf. For many, this is why they purchase synthetic turf over a grass field. Well, that “zero maintenance cost” is simply not true. Responsible field owners are now investing in ensuring their synthetic turf is free from bacteria, viruses, and microorganisms that cause breakouts of MRSA and other infections. As more information emerges about how MRSA is passed from person to person, new technologies are being developed to deal with getting rid of the risk.
Trademarked in 2012, the Greenzapr™ is one solution to sanitizing your synthetic turf. It uses strong UVC light (a form of ultraviolet light) to zap away MRSA and Staph. Harmful microorganisms are destroyed instantly when exposed to UVC lights. UVC is part of the ultraviolet light spectrum that is filtered out by Earth’ s atmosphere. The C stands for this particular frequency of ultraviolet light that targets and kills germs.
How Does UVC Light Kill Unwanted Micro-Organisms?
UVC light is highly effective at penetrating thin-walled germs. It alters the genetic structure of the germ making death inevitable. Thanks to its C frequency, UVC is ideally located in the spectrum that best inactivates microorganisms and viral air contaminants. When a virus or microorganism comes in contact with UVC its nucleus is immediately penetrated. Its DNA is severely damaged and death becomes imminent. This halts the spread of unwanted germs! By applying UVC light we are more than remedying the situation; we are destroying the source of the problem.
GreenZapr For Your Synthetic Turf
In the Pacific Northwest, Sports Turf NW is the ideal place to find GreenZapr technology and information. We are proud to help synthetic turf owners eliminate harmful contaminants to athletes and students. Don’t hesitate to call us with your questions about in-field safety, GreenZapr equipment, or synthetic turf maintenance.