Here at Aqua Sun Ozone we get many questions about ozone including how it works, what it does, if it’s harmful, etc. Below is an excerpt from an article in Water Conditioning and Purification Magazine that will help answer some of those questions.
Ozone provides a great benefit essential for daily life, so in a sense, all ozone is good. Like the ozone created in the upper atmosphere, ozone can also be man-made for a number of water and air treatment applications, including oxidation of contaminants in potable water, disinfection and oxidation of contaminants in pool and spa water, disinfection of zoo and aquarium water, wastewater treatment and the purification of indoor air within a heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system, and many more.
Man-made ozone is created from either UV light or by corona discharge (CD). These ozone generators are designed to produce specific quantities of ozone based on their application. Ozone’s exploits have been known the world over, from large metropolitan drinking water systems for cities, such as Los Angeles, Orlando, Seattle and Dallas, to name a few. Ozone has also been mandated by the Olympic Committee to be used in all Olympic competition and training pools. Ozone was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as an antimicrobial agent in 2001 and has since been used in fish, meat and poultry plants, for the disinfection of the meats, cutting boards, knives and all other food surfaces, as well as air treatment within those facilities for odor and bacteria control. A somewhat new market for ozone is within commercial and residential laundries where ozone can help to oxidize soil and kill bacteria, while reducing water, chemical and energy consumption.
EFFECTS OF OZONE
Is ozone bad for you? During more than 100 years of varied commercial applications, the safety record of ozone is unsurpassed. During this notable period, there has never been a reported fatality linked to the exposure of ozone anywhere in the world as a result of its generation and application. The known effects of ozone are most often recorded as ozone gas acting as an irritant affecting the upper respiratory system, causing shortness of breath, coughing and drying out the eyes. Some people who are exposed to gaseous ozone experience headaches, which usually fade away rapidly after moving into fresh air. Fresh air or oxygen (in extreme cases) is the primary first-aid measure taken in cases of ozone exposure.
This incredible safety record of ozone is attributed largely to the fact that those who manufacture ozone generators and ozonation equipment recognized early on that the strong oxidizing and disinfection properties of this unique gas must be controlled. Operators of ozone and ozonation equipment must not be exposed to ozone that might leak or escape from the closed environments of its production and application. Responsible ozone manufacturers incorporate all the safeguards necessary to provide a safe work place.