Your Guide to UVC Light Safety

by Courtney Sturniolo 

Safe UVC Operation

UVC light can safely be used in the home by following a few simple precautions:

  1. Do not look directly at the UV-C LED bulbs when turned on.
  2. Do not point UV light at living things, including your skin.
  3. Do not hold objects whilst you disinfect them.
    Put them down before you turn on the ultraviolet sanitizing wand.
  4. Do not put anything alive in a UV lightbox.

What Could Happen?

Remember that UVC light is a form of radiation. Ultraviolet germicidal irradiation is effective at killing microorganisms precisely because it breaks through an organism on a cellular level. Because of this, unintended exposure to UVC light can result in damage to your cells.

Short accidental exposure Can lead to painful injuries called photokeratitis and photoconjunctivitis because the eye’s outermost cornea and conjunctiva absorb UVC radiation. Can lead to erythema in human skin - a reddening, similar to a sunburn. Can lead to ulceration of the skin with longer exposure.
Repeated chronic exposure Can lead to cataracts. Can cause premature aging of the skin and skin cancer.

Unlike fire, which is hot to the touch and produces a natural avoidance response, exposure to UVC light is painless (at first). Over-exposure to the eyes or skin typically appears in 4-12 hours. While the effects of short term exposure can be uncomfortable, they typically resolve in a few days but may require medical attention.

  1. See an ophthalmologist if eye damage is suspected.
  2. If skin lesions develop, treat immediately.

Our Commitment to Safety

At Modern Hygiene Solutions, we have selected UV cleaning products that are specifically designed to prevent exposure to humans or animals.

  • Our UVC cell phone cleaner products are enclosed. If the UVC lightbox is opened during a cycle, it will shut off immediately and will not turn back on until the lid is closed and a new cycle is initiated.
  • Our portable UV sanitizer wand will immediately shut off when tipped up, to prevent accidental exposure to the eyes.
  • Our handheld UV light sterilization wand has a childproof lock to prevent it from being turned on accidentally by someone who is not authorized to use it.

Ultraviolet germicidal irradiation is a scientifically proven way to clean your home, electronics and life. As long as you follow these simple guidelines, it’s a safe and fast alternative to chemical disinfection.

If you have any questions about using Modern Hygiene’s UVC light disinfection products, either before or after you make a purchase, please don’t hesitate to contact us. You can email us at or use the chatbot in the bottom right corner of every page.