R-Zero, a pioneering biosafety company dedicated to reducing spread of infectious disease, has become a leading UV-C disinfection solution for our nation’s education system. R-Zero is working with over 75 schools, accounting for more than 47,000 students in more than 8 states across the country. R-Zero has also partnered with over 20 state-level education associations. R-Zero’s partners — who chose R-Zero in part because its disinfection solutions are an eligible expense under the CARES Act — see the company’s technology as a cost-effective way to safely reopen schools amid the pandemic and make their spaces safer in the new normal to follow.
R-Zero’s success comes as the incoming Biden Administration, including remarks by President-elect Biden this week, signals its commitment to doing what it takes to help reopen schools and keep them safe.
The gold standard in hospitals, UV-C light has been used for over 100 years and is proven to be one of the most effective ways to kill bacteria, viruses and molds on surfaces and in the air. Unfortunately, until now, access to industrial strength UV-C solutions has been almost entirely limited to hospitals, which often pay up to $125,000 per unit. R-Zero’s flagship unit, Arc, delivers hospital grade UV-C disinfection at a fraction of the price and displaces the need to use hazardous chemicals around vulnerable populations.
The highest demand for Arc is coming from schools, as officials increasingly spend their stimulus dollars on UV-C disinfection solutions that will allow them to reopen safely. Manual disinfection, on which schools have historically relied, is time- and labor-intensive, error-prone, and does not address airborne pathogens. Arc is easy to operate and destroys 99.99% of surface and air pathogens in a standard classroom in just 7 minutes, eliminating the need to use harmful chemicals in the school environment and reducing labor costs.
With built-in software connectivity, Arc also delivers a first of its kind capability to enable school leadership to track usage and compliance. Analytics accessible via personalized dashboard provide an auditable trail of all disinfection activities, giving visibility to a historically invisible process for the first time.
“The health and safety of our students, staff and community remains paramount, and incorporating Arc has allowed us to add a critical layer of protection and accountability across our district facilities. Implementation of R-Zero’s UV-C technology has been “Hassle-free” for our custodial teams, and the short cycle times reduce labor costs associated with increased disinfection protocols,” said Rick Diaz, Director of Facilities at the North Monterey County Unified School District, one of R-Zero’s customers.
R-Zero and its partners in education envision a future for UV-C disinfection technology beyond the COVID-19 pandemic. Seasonal flu, norovirus, and other infectious diseases result in millions of lost school days every year — not to mention billions of dollars in lost economic value. In our new normal, R-Zero and its partners across the education sector see disinfection technologies, like UV-C, becoming part of standard infection prevention protocols.
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