Ally’s Four-Tiered Approach to Supporting Employee Welfare During Covid-19 & Beyond
Infrared Temperature Screening Combined with UV Air Sanitation Help Protect Workers and Businesses from Jobsite Illness Spread
Ally Energy Solutions is now supporting industries including manufacturing, food production, shipping, logistics, and beyond with a Covid-19 four-tiered action plan. The plan is designed to help protect worker health and welfare while assisting businesses to safely move operations forward with protective standards in light of the global pandemic. The Ally Energy Solutions four-tiered action plan includes the following steps:
Tier One – Foundational Awareness and Actions
Initial response centers on awareness and education regarding modes of virus transfer, implementation of distancing protocols where possible, and the use of masks, gloves, and hand washing, with enhanced disinfection processes required for common areas.
Tier Two – Workplace Access Temperature Screening
A workplace entry screening system consisting of infrared thermal camera scanners, related software, and a worker access queue with managed 6’ spacing allows facility access only after confirmation of normal body temperature. If an elevated temperature is detected, the worker moves to a secondary screen initiated by health services staff.
- Clear Partition Shield – Provides a physical barrier between the person being scanned and the staff monitoring the scan.
- Infrared Camera – Fast, accurate, and proven.
- PC Pre-Loaded with Scanning Software – Automated, user-friendly, elevated body temperature screening.
Tiers 3 & 4 – Proven Air Sanitation Technology
The combination of UV-C and plasma ionization technology provides a comprehensive sanitation system with intentional overlap to mitigate potential gaps in any one system.
Tier Three – On-Demand Portable UV-C Air Sanitation
Mobile UV-C air sanitation systems provide on-demand disinfection for unoccupied employee common areas, including cafeterias, locker rooms, offices, and conference rooms. Portable germicidal UV-C sanitation requires a 20 to 25-minute dosing time to neutralize viruses, with long cycle soaks ranging from 30 minutes to several hours. Mobile units are returned to their docking station when the space is occupied.
UV-C Air Sanitation
For more than 40 years, UV-C disinfection has been prevalent in hospitals, medical centers, laboratories, food processing, wastewater facilities, HVAC system management, and more as a tried-and-tested solution. UV-C technology is deployed in Tier 3 through mobile carts and in Tier 4 through permanent integration in the ventilation system downstream of the cooling coil.
How it Works
UV light contains several unique properties and characteristics that can disinfect viruses, bacteria, mold, spores, and other harmful microbes. This sanitation method relies on UV-C wavelengths, i.e., UV bands within a range of 200 nm to 280 nm, to deactivate the cellular ribonucleic acid (RNA) and deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), as well as the reproductive capabilities of microorganisms.
UV-C Dosing Cart
Tier Four – Permanent Air Purification, Integrated at HVAC System Level
Because HVAC systems are potential avenues for virus circulation and transfer, large facilities benefit from permanent, continuous HVAC-level air purification infrastructure upgrades.
- HVAC Survey. Plant level survey of common area HVAC systems to identify optimal points of purification system integration.
- Bi-Polar Plasma Ionization. Following UV-C pre-treatment at the air handler coil, plasma ionization is added downstream in the primary air ducts, providing a secondary means of purification before circulated air enters employee welfare areas.
- UV-C Dosing. The addition of UV-C light sources in the air handler located downstream of the cooling coil sanitizes the coil and the air that passes over it.
Bi-Polar Ionization Plasma Technology
This proven air sanitation technology is deployed in Tier 4 through a permanent non-invasive integration into the ventilation system.
How it Works
Much like sunlight does in the atmosphere, bipolar ionization works to clean the air of pollutants, effectively neutralizing particulate matter, including virus cells and bacteria. Plasma Air technology produces a natural bio-climate rich in positive and negative oxygen ions. The negative ions contain an extra electron while the positive ions are missing an electron resulting in an unstable condition. To re-stabilize, these bipolar ions seek out atoms and molecules in the air to trade electrons with, effectively neutralizing particulate matter, virus cells, and bacteria.