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Philip W. Brickner and Richard L. Vincent Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation Safety Concerns: A Lesson from the Tuberculosis Ultraviolet Shelter Study Murphy's Law Affirmed Photochemistry and Photobiology 89

Version of Record online: 29 JAN 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/php.12034

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The resurgence of tuberculosis (TB) in the United States in the mid-1980s led to a revival of interest in upper-room UVGI air cleansing technology, a focus that had almost disappeared because alternate means of controlling TB had inaccurately been deemed successful. For all those working in the field of UVGI, safety issues must be a concern because when UVGI fixtures are placed improperly, or precautions ignored, room occupants are placed at risk of photokeratoconjunctivitis and photodermatitis. If safety is so prominent a concern, why do incidents of UV side effects continue to occur? See Murphy's Law.

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