Headsets are covered in millions of infectious microscopic bacteria, germs and viruses.
And because headsets are positioned very close to your mouth, nose and eyes – as well as over your ears – they allow these microorganisms to easily access your body. This makes them high-risk carriers and spreaders of bacteria and viruses and can result in higher rates of infections, re-infections and employee cross-contamination.
Without effective sterilization, this can lead to increased absenteeism and sick building syndrome. A higher likelihood of cross-contamination between team members, and the repeated re-infection of employees who have been booked sick, can also lower morale and team productivity.
Ozone was approved by the FDA in 2003 as a new sterilization process for low-temperature sterilization, and its microbial efficacy has been proven with a variety of microorganisms.
Amongst others, it has proven to be effective against bacteria and viruses that cause a variety of common seasonal infections like coughs, colds and chest infections, ear infections and the Flu. It has also been shown to be effective against more serious infections like tuberculosis and the coronavirus.
Ozone is well-suited for sterilizing delicate electronic and medical devices that cannot withstand the degradation of UV light, high heat and humidity, irradiation, microwaves or cleaning residues.
Because Ozone does not degrade their parts, damage their circuitry or clog sensitive microphones, speakers or cameras with residue, it is ideal for headsets, smartphones, tablets and other electronic communication devices.
It is regarded by experts as the most aggressive oxidating antimicrobial agent known to man.
Ozone is formed by applying electrical energy to the oxygen molecules. It causes some of the O2 molecules to split into single oxygen atoms. These single oxygen atoms attach to O2 for a very short period becoming O3, or ozone.
During this active phase as ozone, it reacts to any organic compound by oxidizing any double carbon bonds. This takes the bacteria or viruses cell-membranes apart and destroys the cell. After doing this, it converts back to oxygen which is a very benign waste product. Ozone molecules that are not oxidized simply convert back to oxygen by releasing their single oxygen atom.
At high levels and long exposure, ozone can become toxic, corrosive and flammable. But Ozone Plus cabinets ensure that the ozone is produced and broken down within a sealed sterilizing cabinet and the chance of exposure to high levels is removed. The waste ozone simply reverts to oxygen that can be safely expelled into the air and breathed.