Bourne Hill Stables, home to some of the strongest and healthiest horses in competitive sport, has installed Philips UV-C lighting to protect them from diseases caused by viruses and microorganisms.
The UK is rightlythe global centre for the equine breeding sector. In 2017 PwC estimated that the thoroughbred breeding industry contributed £425 million to the UK economy and supported over 19,000 jobs.-Roland Standley, Bourne Hill Stables
Like all animals, horses face a range of threats from viruses and other microorganisms. When a disease risk arises, they must be kept in isolation and can no longer compete. Recently, an outbreak of the equine herpes virus (EHV-1) led to almost 4,000 horses being blocked on the Federation Equine International database and the shutdown of international competition across 12 European countries. It follows a major outbreak of equine flu, which can have serious implications for horses and their owners.
The UV-C lighting solution
Philips UV-C products use ultraviolet light to inactivate microorganisms and render them harmless to humans and animals. After consultation, 22 UV-C disinfection upper-air wall-mounted units were installed at Bourne Hill Stables.
The devices create a controlled UV-C zone in the upper part of the stable’s corridor. Air is continuously disinfected as it passes through the UV-C zone via natural convection, while daily activities continue below. The system was carefully designed to ensure that horses nor staff are over-exposed to UV-C.