The Measurement Standards Laboratory’s world-leading measurement expertise is playing a vital role in helping to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.
MSL is committed to assisting government, industry and organisations with any challenges experienced as a result of COVID-19 and we are able to help in a number of ways:
Consultancy is available for technical advice on the deployment of new systems where measurement is involved.
Expertise is available in sterilisation and the evaluation of effectiveness of different technologies. For example, see guidance on use of UVC radiation below.
Connection to the national quality infrastructure for suppliers of PPE to ensure safety standards are upheld and equipment meets the criteria required by the end user.
We can help you design and re-tool manufacturing for urgently needed products to support the COVID-19 response. For example, the accurate measurement of length, depth, width, area and volume for prototyping and production.
Test prototype instruments for performance against electromagnetic interference, vibration, humidity and other factors.
MSL offers guidance on safe UVC practices
The use of UVC radiation for the disinfection of air, water or surfaces can be effective if used correctly. UVC can also be damaging to human eyes and skin so suitable containment or PPE should always be in place. We recommend the use of calibrated UVC meters to monitor the output of any lamps to ensure effectiveness of disinfection and, if necessary, to limit human exposure. MSL offers a calibration service for UVC meters (see details here) and we are always happy to advise on best practice in their use.
A useful resource relating particularly to Covid-19 can be found here(external link).