Specific risks in museums, galleries and libraries
Museums, galleries and libraries contain vast quantities of valuable artefacts, books and materials where microorganisms can live and grow due to the minerals found in the paper and other materials. Over 234 species of microbes have been found on the books in libraries and museums.
Any fabrics such as the carpet in a library have the ability to store microbes, and they especially promote the growth of fungal spores. This is a major issue for the area as foot traffic will release the microbes from the carpet and make them airborne.
Even without accounting for COVID-19, there is a strong case for the installation of air and surface disinfection systems to prevent pathogens contaminating the air in these environments to protect staff, visitors and also to negate the risk of degradation to susceptible artefacts.
As professional engineers, scientists and medics, we are able to assess your building configuration, engineering infrastructure, occupancy use and risks. We then will model and engineer a bespoke solution to suit your asset and user requirements, through the use of:
- Better ventilation air flows, distribution and filtration.
- In-duct GUV devices in HVAC systems – One way to counteract the spreading of health and artifact degrading pathogens is with efficient air circulation systems that are fitted with UV-C devices in order to kill any airborne microbes while the air is recirculated through the system.
- Upper Room GUV systems – these can be put in place to reduce localised spreading of the diseases in key locations, such as in entrances and hallways, where microorganisms can be brought inside by visitors. These systems, when correctly specified, will be able to massively reduce the transmission rate of COVID-19.
- Direct UV-C surface sterilisation – In areas of particular surface hazard, and need for total sterilisation, use UV-C on those artefacts surface. This sort of activity should be undertaken to failsafe against human contact, so use timers/movement sensors/contacts/interlocks because direct emitters should not be deployed in occupied spaces.
These solutions will not only help to protect your staff and visitors, but they will also help to protect your valuable artworks, artefacts and contents from fungal spores and microbiological degradation.
Our devices have been successfully used to disinfect air inside display rooms to protect priceless antiquities and the pigments to Roman Mosaics, including artefacts held in private collections.