Determination of Microbial Populations
MRSA bacteria, viruses, germs
MRSA under a microscope

I think it is fair to say that people are interested in staying healthy. Would artificial turf safety be a concern if you knew the dangers? Next, we are going to look at the field safety concerns.

Field Safety Is In The News

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 the media has reported on, unfortunately has not included a discussion on MRSA. The increase of MRSA (multidrug-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) related cases is rapidly growing in the United States. One of the biggest culprits regarding the spread of MRSA is synthetic turf. Are you playing Indoor Soccer on Synthetic Turf  or do you have kids whose school has synthetic turf? If synthetic turf is part of your life then you need to ask questions about field safety protocols.

Football players who play on synthetic turf have a 16 percent higher chance of developing MRSA or other infections. In-field safety addresses synthetic turf maintenance dangers by actively targeting harmful microorganisms.

In-Field Safety and Synthetic Turf Maintenance

Synthetic turf manufacturers often tell potential customers this sales line. Money will be saved as a result of “zero maintenance costs” associated with 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.

Example of UVC equipment on turf
UVC Equipment

In 2012, the UVC GreenZapr is the first piece of equipment used to disinfect artificial turf. By using strong UVC light (a form of ultraviolet light) MRSA and Staph DNA is destroyed. The C in UVC 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.

If a harmful microorganism encounters UVC light, a positive action is obtained. The DNA is severely damaged, hence death becomes imminent. This halts the spread of unwanted germs! By applying UVC light to turf we are destroying the DNA responsible for Staph.

UVC Treatment For Your Synthetic Turf

UVC is everywhere in society. Chemicals no longer take the spotlight as a solution to fighting harmful microorganisms. Take some time and learn about the benefits of UVC over chemicals.

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