Warning on High Intensity Handheld UVC Sterilisers Like EssGee

May 02, 2020 2 min read

We've recently been seeing some ads promoting the EssGee Compact UV Steriliser in Singapore. 

By way of background, UV-C is a part of the ultraviolet spectrum that is able to kill viruses and bacteria. It is used to disinfect equipment, money, water etc. UVC is naturally blocked by the earth's ozone layer.

UVC however can be dangerous. Naked exposed UV-C can cause burns and permanent damage to your eyes with just a few seconds of high intensity exposure.

Not to mention high energy UV radiation is linked to CANCERS (especially skin cancer).

High intensity UV-C light is not something you want exposed openly.

The problem with a (arguably overly) high intensity portable UVC steriliser like the EssGee UV Steriliser is that it increases the chances of irreversible eye damage, if directed incorrectly. The higher the intensity, the quicker the permanent damage.

Kids may play with it and hurt other kids. Adults may accidentally shine it at another person. 

Just one wrong point is all you need for a lifetime of regret.

Purchase and use products like these with extreme caution. We would recommend you look at alternative UVC sterilisers with a lower intensity.

The opinions above and below are our own based on our research. We've publicised it for your consideration, but feel free to read up more on the subject by yourself.

Q: Doesn't the Essgee Multi Compact Steriliser have a "safety" mechanism that turns it off when pointed upwards?

ANS:

First, look at the image below. You can see the UV LEDs remain on at an angle which could hurt your eyes. Not too sure how safe this "safety mechanism" is.

Second, you may accidentally point it at your family members or others when turning it on. Is this dangerous risk something you are willing to take?

Q: What are the other dangers of high intensity UV-C?

ANS:

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (part of WHO) has determined that UV radiation (including UVA, UVB, and UVC) is carcinogenic to humans.

This means high intensity UVC exposure may be linked to cancers, especially of the skin. Definitely not something you want to expose your family to.

Read for yourself here – https://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancer-causes/radiation-exposure/uv-radiation.html

Even the sellers of this product acknowledge how potentially risky this item's UV-C intensity is. Not sure if they bothered to put a danger notice on their website however.

 


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