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The SterileLight BLOG is a repository for postings describing how SterileLight solutions and products are being applied as well as relative infection control information and developments.

CDC: 70% – 91% alcohol vs. 95% – 99%
Alcohol’s antimicrobial properties are best used when the alcohol can make contact with key physiological enzymes and protein structure inside a bacterial cell or fungal cell or virus. Use of the more concentrated solutions (95% or 99%) will result in almost immediate coagulation of surface or cell wall proteins and prevent passage of the alcohol into the cell.

The benefits of using 70% alcohol are: 1) coagulation of surface proteins proceeds at a slower pace, thereby allowing the alcohol to enter into the cell; 2) 70% alcohol, being a dilution of absolute alcohol, contains water which is essential in the denaturing process of proteins; and 3) because of concentration difference of water and alcohol on either side of the cell wall, 70% alcohol enters the cell to denature both enzymatic and structural proteins. This increases the potency of its antimicrobial properties.”

So what does this mean? It means that the CDC recommends 70% (up to 91% according to their site) for disinfecting one’s tools or even products because 95% and 99% essentially “freezes” (coagulates) the cell. When a cell surface coagulates the best analogy to picture it is Han Solo “frozen” in carbonite. He’s alive inside but “frozen” on the outside and nothing can penetrate the shell. Essentially that’s what happens to the cell when you use 95% or 99% Isopropyl Alcohol which makes using it for disinfecting purposes useless.

UNEP Minamata Convention on Mercury
The Minamata Convention on Mercury was initiated by the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) to protect human health and the environment from anthropogenic emissions and releases of mercury. The UNEP has set the goal for mercury to be phased out of production by the year 2020.

In 2013, the UNEP asked organizations and governments to discourage the use of mercury starting immediately unless there is a substantial benefit to the environment and human health. As of August 2017, the convention has been ratified and has officially entered into force.​​

Although the Minamata Convention does not specifically prohibit the manufacture and sale of UV mercury-vapor lamps, it will provide a generally positive influence for the more widespread adoption of alternative technologies. Potential responses may include the following actions:

Corporations that use UV systems in products or manufacturing processes (e.g. white goods, beverage, microelectronics, life sciences) may implement best practices by selecting an LED option by the influence of the Minamata Convention, not by enforcement.

Original Equipment Manufacturers that currently employ conventional mercury lamps may see a conflict with the use of mercury-based products to their own environmental policies and, based on Minamata regulations, might start a transition to develop new products using mercury-free light sources.

Municipalities may also follow suit in adopting UV-C LEDs, although it is more likely that they will require more time to adopt the new technology.

There will always be a percentage of people that will look for “eco-friendly” product options. As the Minamata Convention raises awareness of the effects of mercury, it inherently affects the use of mercury-based lamps without banning the sale or manufacturing of these lamps.

Regulators will likely have a slow transition from mercury to UV-C LED lamps. Regulators will always look for viable alternatives to mercury, as it is their mandate to steer technology to the most holistically sound solution.

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