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The Indian Navy has said that Mumbai’s naval dockyard manufactured an ultraviolet (UV) sanitisation bay to contain the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

This naval dockyard is a part of the Western Naval Command.

The step was taken to protect the sizeable number of workers resuming work following the lifting of lockdown.

Large production organisations and dockyards are meeting the sanitisation needs for worker’s coveralls, tools, personal gadgets and masks.

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The UV bay will support the decontamination of tools, clothes and other miscellaneous items and control further spread of the coronavirus.

Decontamination zones were created by converting common rooms into a UV bay using fabrication of aluminium sheets electrical arrangements for UV-C lighting.

The facility utilises UV-C light source to sterilise items for eradication any germs or viruses.

The innovation is backed by multiples studies conducted by research agencies, proving the effect of UV-C on respiratory pathogens like SARS, Influenza.

According to results obtained, it is observed that microbial pathogens are less viable when exposed to UV-C of intensity 1 J/cm2 for 1 min or more.

A similar facility has also been set up at Naval Station in Karanja. In this facility, the UV-C steriliser has been placed in addition to an industrial oven. The oven will heat smaller sized belongings to 60°C, a temperature known to kill most microbes.

As a precautionary measure, the dockyards have placed the facility at all entry and exit points of the premises. This is expected to mitigate further transmission of Covid-19.