The nature of sports & exercising is the close contact and sharing of equipment while sweating it out! Teams, strangers and visitors can all come together for sport and exercise, resulting in high risks of pathogen transmission. Competitive sports and gyms can lead to increased risk for infections, including superbugs, respiratory infections, and other illnesses.
Athletes in contact sports, including rugby, soccer, basketball, wrestling (as well as fans gathering in sports arenas, venues and stadiums) with numerous instances of teams facing widespread outbreaks. Athletes are also at greater risk for respiratory tract and gastrointestinal illnesses.
Fitness equipment in gyms is known to have significant amounts of bacteria. Exercise bikes, treadmills, and free weights have been tested and found to have millions of colony forming units (CFU) of bacteria. That’s over 300 times the amount of bacteria found on a public toilet. Of the bacteria found on fitness equipment, 70% was determined to be harmful to humans.
Crowds will always get right into the spirit of the game, in the close proximity to others, while exhaling potential contaminants, using ablutions, eating and drinking as a normal part of sporting culture
UVC disinfection can add a layer of protection to help keep players healthy and in the game along with reducing the likelihood of spreading infection within crowds and visitors. Installation of Cleanse Portal to reduce the risk of contamination entering the sports and exercise areas, or Cleanse Tunnel for high volume traffic areas- will ensure that contaminants on a person’s skin or clothing is sterilized at point of entry.
Exercise areas and ablution facilities will benefit from the protection of UVC cleansing using powerful lights which activate whenever the room is empty, reducing the intensity and frequency requirements for manual cleaning.
Mobile disinfection units, or robotic cleaning workflows provide a more versatile option. Upper-Air sanitization units can always function even when a room is occupied, reducing the risk of airborne contamination. By using mirrors in gyms, the UVC light can reach almost every angle and facet of technical gym equipment.
Finally, constant air-filtration and purification using UVC and HEPA filters ensure the area is safe for athletes, visitors, and fans alike. Discuss your facility with PBI Ultra for an effective sanitization system, that will meed the needs of your specific environment.