Covid 19 sanitising tunnel could help protect haulage and logistics spaces

Covid 19 sanitising tunnel could help protect haulage and logistics spaces

A sanitising tunnel which claims to kill almost 99.999 percent of viruses and bacteria bacteria, including Covid 19, could soon be a commonplace sight in the haulage and logistics sectors, as companies add further protection for staff and worksites.

The SHIELDme tunnel sprays the person passing through it with a very fine, odourless mist of anti-bacterial sanitiser which prevents any infection entering a building or other communal area.

With haulage and logistics spaces frequently receiving external visitors, SHIELDme could be an ideal way to ensure safety and protection. The tunnel has already been installed in a number of locations including Corby-based multi-temperature supply chain specialists Oakland International. 

The tunnel was developed in Dubai by NAFFCO, a manufacturer and supplier of fire protection equipment and systems, and is already being successfully used in transport hubs, factories, offices and shopping centres in the Middle East. 

The franchise to sell them in the UK belongs to Hayes-based Trimite Global Coatings. Its Managing Director David Roberts said: “This product has been available for six months. But when COVID-19 arrived, we quickly saw how significant it would be if we could get these tunnels over here in a mass market way to help get people out again into communal areas with some reassurance, whether for work or leisure.

“The first tunnels underwent trials in the Middle East and we now have pilots in place across the UK. The beauty of this product is that, unlike other anti-bacterial sanitisers which need to be left in place for several minutes, this requires only a few seconds contact time to kill bacteria.  It’s also completely safe for humans as it is based on something that occurs naturally in the human body.”

The sanitising effect lasts for approximately 60 minutes and it is recommended that individuals pass back through the tunnel every time they re-enter a communal space. The tunnels are modular based so dual way tunnels can be produced.

Roberts added: “We are now in discussions with a whole range of business and organisations across the UK including education, health, government, retail, leisure and commercial sectors to look at how the SHIELDme tunnel can help them get back to normal,  giving employees and visitors the confidence to go out under current Government guidelines and know they are at significantly reduced risk of spreading the virus once they are in a communal space.”

A fogger utilising the sanitiser has also been launched, delivering a super-fine mist of SHIELDme which can be used to deep clean a building on a regular basis. 

The sanitiser is based on super oxidised water Hypochlorous (Acid HOCI) which is manufactured using 100% natural resources.  It occurs naturally in the human body when fighting off bacteria and viruses, so in effect imitates our own immune system. It can also be used to increase the shelf life of foods such as fresh fruit and meat.