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UVC Disinfection Robots

The first set of robotic germicidal equipment requirements for safety, performance and risk mitigation has arrived. Demonstrate your commitment to excellence by testing your UVC disinfection robots.

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What UVC disinfection robots can do

The interest in technologies, such as robotic devices performing surface and air sanitation procedures using ultraviolet (UVC) radiation, has shown a sharp increase.

Sanitization efficiency plays a significant role in preventing and containing the spread of infectious diseases — a reality that had only been highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

UVC radiation is currently used to supplement, not replace, physical disinfection in commercial and industrial environments. This development made it necessary to have comprehensive testing and certification services, evaluating the efficiency of UVC disinfection robots. Consequently, UL 60335-2-2019, the UL LLC Outline of Investigation for Robotic Germicidal Equipment, is designed to do just that.

UVC disinfection robots can contribute to safer environments, including:

  • Hospitals and other healthcare facilities
  • Industrial and commercial buildings
  • Schools
  • Hotel rooms and conference spaces
  • Transportation facilities and systems

Advancing the safety of robotic germicidal equipment with testing and certification to UL 60335-2-2019

Currently, UVC robots are certified to safety standards for luminaires and electrical equipment. But mitigating the safety and reliability risks of innovative technology may not always be fully addressed with these standards.

UL 60335-2-2019, the UL LLC Outline of Investigation for Robotic Germicidal Equipment, is the first set of requirements that specifically addresses UVC disinfection robots. Its holistic approach includes requirements to evaluate the robot base, ultraviolet light exposure, electric safety, UVC radiation effect, sensors, and other critical safety and performance systems.

Voluntary testing to UL 60335-2-2019 can be of benefit to:

  • Companies that make robotic germicidal equipment for commercial and industrial use.
  • University/research institutions.
  • Companies specializing in UVC disinfection products.

UL’s safety and performance testing and certification services for robotic germicidal equipment

As a global safety science leader, we apply our deep technical expertise to deliver objective product assessments.

UL’s experienced teams of engineers can provide a comprehensive evaluation of your robotic germicidal equipment through testing and certification to UL 60335-2-2019, helping you identify and mitigate potential safety risks.

Our trusted reputation and rigorous testing procedures support you in helping to elevate your brand above your competitors while building credibility and quickly bringing innovative products to market. And the UL Mark is one of the most widely recognized and trusted symbols of safety for consumers globally, giving UL Certified products a clear path to market acceptance.

Our worldwide presence allows us to provide local services in the local language and access to our collaborative global network of safety, regulatory and engineering experts.

Voluntary certification of UVC disinfection robots shows a company’s commitment to making robotic germicidal equipment that is compliant with a current and comprehensive set of safety requirements.

The major set of requirements for evaluation include:

  • Electrical and Mechanical - Whole system: UL 60335-1, the Standard for Safety of Household and Similar Appliances, Part 1: General Requirements
  • Electrical and Mechanical - Robotic base: UL 62368-1, Audio/video, information and communication technology equipment - Part 1: Safety requirements
  • EMC: IEC 61000-4
  • Software update: UL 5500, the Standard for Safety for Remote Software Updates
  • Control: UL 60730, the Standard for Automatic Electrical Controls - Part 1: General Requirements

UL has also helped to develop requirements for a variety of UV related products, such as UL 8802, Outline of Investigation for Germicidal Systems and UL 8803, the UL LLC Outline of Investigation for Portable UV Germicidal Equipment With Uncontained UV Sources.

Additionally, UL 3300, the Outline of Investigation (OOI) for Service, Communication, Information, Education and Entertainment (SCIEE) describes the requirements used to evaluate robot operational safety placing a priority on the safe operation in a variety of environments where people are present.

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