The nerve centre of the Brussels economic world, Brussels Expo is calling in the heavy artillery to tackle the COVID-19 crisis: it will equip its 120,000 m2 with germicidal air purifi ers – a world fi rst and a real ray of hope for the events sector. An exceptional crisis calls for exceptional means: to counter the colossal defi cit caused by the coronavirus crisis and enable the more than 80,000 people employed by the events sector to get back into the fray, BRUSSELS Expo is rolling out a major initiative.
“We have decided to equip ALL our spaces with a new technology capable of killing pathogenic germs,” explains Denis Delforge, CEO Brussels Expo. “This decision underlines a real commitment to initiate the revival of the events sector which has been in the doldrums since 19 March, while ensuring optimal health conditions for our clients, exhibitors, visitors, suppliers, partners and employees. From the exhibition facilities and the concert venue Palais 12, to the meeting rooms, offi ces, access corridors, backstage facilities and toilets, ALL of Brussels Expo will as of June 2020 be equipped with UV-C purifi ers which are very eff ective against pathogenic organisms, in particular viruses and other diseases of bacterial origin. UV-C purifi ers are used to disinfect hospital rooms, operating theatres, ambulances, and public transport particularly against COVID-19.
The purifiers ordered use a combination of technologies that make them suitable for use in the presence of the public: the UVC lamps are encased in TiO2-coated catalyst plates and generate germicidal irradiation through a photocatalytic oxidation reaction. This eff ective process eliminates pathogens, viruses and bacteria from the air and surfaces. This precaution is taken in addition to the required regulations for the sector (use of masks, disinfecting gel, limitation and organization of the fl ow of visitors, etc.). By adopting this proactive measure, the Belgian market leader in terms of exhibition facilities is assuming the role of pioneer in its fi eld to the full. It is also in pole position for the announced reboot.
Denis Delforge CEO Brussels Expo
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