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Plasma Clean expands into infection control market with innovative solutions proven to kill SARS-CoV-2 in education facilities

Plasma Clean, trusted pioneers in innovative and affordable infection prevention solutions, is helping businesses to keep running safely with its infection control range proven to kill SARS-CoV-2 with an exposure time of 0.25 seconds in line with ASHRAE design guidance. 

 

Boasting a 99% disinfection rate against bacteria and viruses, including SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19, Plasma Clean is supporting the education sector to create cleaner, safer environments. 

 

Dedicated to improving air quality for the last 13 years, and with research at its heart, Plasma Clean’s new range includes RoomKlean, a cost-effective and easy-fit Upper Room UVC solution that uses UVGI technology to offer the continuous disinfection of harmful microbes and kill unwanted germs in minutes. 

 

With UK schools forced to close due to coronavirus lockdowns, and classes facing self isolation due to potential exposure to the virus, the education sector is being pressured to stem the spread of the virus within their environments. While it’s too early to know the real impact of COVID-19 on children’s learning, initial studies suggest that pupils have lost the equivalent of one-fifth of the school year, and so infection prevention is key.

 

Ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) is an effective disinfection method for schools as it uses short wavelength ultraviolet (UV-C) light to kill dangerous microbes in the environment. 

 

Plasma Clean’s air handling unit solution, TechniKlean UVGI, fits into current ventilation systems with a 99+% microbial kill rate, as well as long term energy and cost-efficiencies for schools. 

 

Other products in the range include AirKlean, a wall or ceiling mounted unit which reduces the need for chemical disinfectants and MobiKlean, a portable plug-in solution unit that disinfects classrooms before and after use, killing COVID-19 in just 11 minutes.  

 

Steve Keogh, CEO of Plasma Clean, commented: “For the last 13 years, we’ve been providing innovative solutions and service-excellence to our customers to help them create a cleaner, safer environment. Our infection control range is focused on supporting the education market. We’re committed to making schools and classrooms a safer place so teachers can keep teaching and children can focus on learning without worrying about their health.” 

 

To find out more about Plasma Clean’s infection control range, visit: www.plasma-clean.com

 

Make Back to School Safety a Priority with AirPop Face Masks

AirPop Kids masks are designed especially for children aged 3 to 12-years-old and have been given the seal of approval by the BSI Kitemark scheme, alongside the Pocket mask – ideal for teens, older students and teachers

As thousands of children return to school next month, and with mask wearing recommended in secondary schools and higher education, how to keep youngsters safe from the risks of COVID-19 will be at the forefront of parent’s minds.

Award-winning air wearables brand AirPop has designed a range of masks with a two-way barrier giving children and teachers the defence they need against airborne threats, such as COVID-19, as well as providing optimum comfort and breathability.

The Kids mask, for children aged 3 to 12-years-old, has been specially engineered to suit smaller features, whilst delivering over 99% particle filtration.

AirPop’s Pocket mask also provides the same level of protection and offers the perfect solution for teenagers at secondary school, those in higher education such as college, and teachers and support staff.

 AirPop Kids Pink Lifestyle Image

The Government recommends the use of face coverings in Higher Education, Further Education and secondary schools.

Both the Kids and Pocket ranges fit in AirPop’s handy case, available in black and white and ideal for children to store their mask safely and hygienically in-between uses. The vent at the top of the case allows any moisture to evaporate naturally between wears, keeping the mask dry and fresh, ready for its next use. 

The Kids and Pocket masks have been awarded the prestigious BSI Kitemark, acknowledging AirPop has gone above and beyond to ensure its products provide appropriate levels of protection.

AirPop Pocket Black

Available in a range of colourful finishes such as pink, blue and white, the Kids mask, alongside the Pocket mask, is fitted with filters which last up to 40 hours. The Pocket is available in black and white.

Made of hypoallergenic materials as well as non-toxic dyes, both masks are also ideal for sensitive skin, even when wearing for long periods of time.

The masks have a unique 3D structure which creates a canopy of air, keeping them off the face for effortless breathability. Paired with low resistance materials, the range delivers unrestricted airflow for easy breathing, making them comfortable to wear all day.

Each mask is fitted with an ultra-soft, ergonomic foam nose seal cushion which conforms around the nose and promotes proper alignment, reducing fogging of eyewear for glasses wearers.

Reinforced, welded ribs provide compression strength during wear but also act as flexible folding joints for easy collapsibility when stowing.

AirPop Founder, Chris Hosmer, said: “For parents, protecting our children is always our number one priority. After my own children suffered the ill-effects of air pollution, respiratory health became hugely important to me. I created AirPop to protect people from the increasing threats posed by airborne pollution and to give people control over what they breathe.

“As children start to return to school, it’s important we take every precaution to protect them and those around them from transmitting COVID-19.”

AirPop Case

AirPop Kids masks come in blue, pink or white colours and retail for £14.99 for a 2-pack; £24.99 for a 4-pack. Compatible with Pocket carrying case.  Pocket case sold separately, in either black or white, for £9.99.

The Pocket also comes in black or white colours and retails for £14.99 for 2-pack; (£24.99 for 4-pack; £99.99 for 20 pack)   

The AirPop Difference

AirPop delivers superior performance by solving three key issues that plague most masks: fit, filtration and breathability. All of the materials used to manufacture our masks are tested by accredited 3rd party labs to exceed the World Health Organisation and FDA medical mask material performance standards. 

Fit: An accurate, close fit is essential to prevent the inhalation and exhalation of small particles and droplets. AirPop masks feature a patented soft-seal and frame that responds to different fit profiles to help ensure a snug, but comfortable fit. And the tented, 3-D Air Dome shape keeps the filter away from the face, increasing airflow and improving breathability and comfort. 

Filtration: When it comes to harmful pollutants, size matters. Anything smaller than 2.5 microns is known as “fine particulate matter” (PM 2.5) – think airborne bacteria, for example.  AirPop masks create a barrier down to 0.1 microns with greater than 99% effectiveness at this scale. Our unique combination of 4-layer filter material provides an effective 2-way barrier against particles and droplets.

Breathability: Superior breathability is also vital – consumers won’t wear what isn’t comfortable or doesn’t work. AirPop masks “give and take” in sync with your natural breath. And they have four layers of protection – from the droplet-resistant, non-woven outer layer to the filter and skin-friendly inner layer to ensure security and comfort.

About AirPop

AirPop is the world’s first Air Wearables company. Since 2015, the company has harnessed filtration science and technology to build high-performance products that deliver unrivalled comfort and breathability for millions of people worldwide. AirPop masks deliver superior performance by solving three critical issues: fit, filtration and breathability. The revolutionary mask design includes a patented seal ensuring a secure fit, while the 3D Air Dome increases airflow for better breathability and comfort. Furthermore, AirPop masks combine a 4-layer filter material to create a barrier down to 0.1 microns, and their filters deliver greater than 99% effectiveness. For more information visit: www.airpophealth.com.  

You can find all AirPop multi-use disposable masks at Amazon.com or the AirPop website (www.airpophealth.com).

Back to school but not just with a new pencil case; this term students will need a mask, a flow test, hand sanitiser & schools will need to disinfect as they never have before

8th March 2021 a confirmed date that parents around the country can put in the diary.  Finally, our children can be reunited with friends and teachers in the school environment.   But school life will have a different feel and lack the spontaneity that our young are craving.  Not only will they have to respect social distancing and wear masks, but they will be living in a highly sanitised world where washing their hands several times a day is the norm and schools disinfecting classrooms after every lesson is standard. 

Government guidelines stipulate that schools should ‘maintain enhanced cleaning, including cleaning frequently touched surfaces often, using standard products such as detergents.’  But at what cost to the health of our children and their teachers do we disinfect?  How can schools ensure that what they are using to keep their students and staff free from the virus does not pose other threats to their health? 

Covid-19 has forced us to look at infection control in a new way; and right now this focus is firmly on the school setting. There is mounting concern that many commonly used disinfectants may not be up to the job of dealing with a pandemic; contact time may be too long, efficacy questionable with often a moderate pathogen control and many include chemicals that could be harmful to our health and the environment, especially when used with the frequency required to prevent spread of the virus.

Enter MicroSafe®, a non-toxic, non-corrosive, non-harmful but highly efficient disinfectant distributed by Purazine in the UK.   The active ingredient of MicroSafe is HOCl, a weak acid that occurs naturally in the human immune system.   

MicroSafe is 99.9999% (Log 6) effective in killing viruses, bacteria and other pathogens within a contact time of 30 seconds and has a proven track record of combatting epidemics around the world (MERS, SARS, Ebola) as well SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) in Australia and the Middle East. Purazine introduced MicroSafe to the UK in 2020 in direct response to the pandemic.

The result of twenty years’ research, the patented and internationally approved Microcyn® technology that makes MicroSafe so unique, uses an electrochemical process to produce Hypochlorous Acid (HOCl) similar to the natural HOCl produced by the human immune system to fight infection.   This process results in a pH balanced disinfectant, that is free of harmful chemicals such as additives and alcohol.  MicroSafe can be ‘fogged’ as a fine mist to ensure that no surface is left un-sanitised.   Historically, HOCl disinfectant’s shelf life was very limited but uniquely, MicroSafe remains shelf-stable for a minimum of two years, needing no special storage, handling or disposal and is kind to the environment.

Dr Hugh Martin, recent former Head of Agricultural Science at RAU and consultant with HOCl Trust says:

“With this level of efficacy, contact time, shelf life and being non-corrosive, MicroSafe sets the gold standard in disinfectants making it ideal for use in school settings where it will be safe to be used all in areas such as classrooms, labs and dining halls as well as for general disinfection application.”

In preparation for pupils returning to Chippenham’s Abbeyfield School on the 8th March, Deputy Head, Mr Spencer Cutler has been in touch with Purazine to request a new portable, battery operated fogger and additional MicroSafe to help disinfect sports equipment which needs a fast turnaround time. He says:

“Keeping our school community safe is a priority during this challenging time and having the opportunity to use MicroSafe has been beneficial in doing this. Sanitising a school is an enormous task, the advantage of using MicoSafe is that large areas can be sanitised quickly and efficiently with no impact on the learning or safety of our students, staff or equipment. MicroSafe has given us an additional level of security that we didn’t have before; paramount especially in this phase of the pandemic.” 

Dr David Cox of Purazine who distributes MicroSafe in the UK says;

“It is clear that we are going to have to learn to co-exist with Covid-19 and other viruses in the future but it’s vital that our solution to the virus does not cause additional problems especially for our children in the school setting.  MicroSafe needs to be part of all schools’ mitigation measures to keep Covid at bay; it is a product that is free of harmful chemicals, efficient and easy to use, limiting further interruption in students’ education.  They have waited long enough to get back to school, now let’s make sure that they can stay there and continue with their education but safely.” 

For more please visit: www.purazine.co.uk

Landmark test result released for surface sanitiser which offers real proof of COVID-19 protection over 24-hours

  • Product first to have solid evidence of real success in frequent-use areas against viruses – 99.9% reduction after 24 hours
  • News comes as millions of businesses and public spaces prepare to reopen over the next few months
  • Test data provides assurance to organisations aiming to welcome back customers, students, visitors and employees

Infection prevention company Byotrol plc is today announcing that its 4-in-1 Multi-purpose Cleaner and Disinfectant has successfully passed the test confirming COVID-19 protection on frequently touched hard surfaces over 24-hours. 

 

The news comes after Byotrol plc announced it had successfully developed a new test method to verify whether a disinfectant will provide long-lasting protection against viruses in ‘real-life’ conditions. 

 

It’s the first time that users can have confidence that the disinfectant they have purchased will provide 24-hour protection against coronavirus on frequently-touched hard surfaces in public spaces – from lift-buttons to worktops, light switches to door handles. 

 

The new test standard was developed to replicate in-use conditions rather than the perfect laboratory environment typically used in such tests and makes this a significant step forward for the testing of disinfectant products in the future.

 

Byotrol plc, which developed and performed the new test, has a team of virologists and microbiologists who have worked on the project over several months, to ensure that the data is robust, resulting in Byotrol declaring that its 4-in-1 Multi-Purpose Cleaner & Disinfectant is proven to protect against coronavirus on hard surfaces for 24-hours after application.

 

Professor James Stewart, Chair of Molecular Virology at the University of Liverpool reviewed and verified the results externally. Professor Stewart was keen to comment on what the result means for the future of disinfectants: “A validation of the effectiveness of surface disinfectants against viruses using this test is an important step forward for the industry and consumers alike.” 

 

In 2014, Byotrol’s technical team, with the help of independent industry experts, established the BSI approved PAS 2424:2014 method for confirming long-lasting protection of disinfectants against bacteria. The PAS 2424:2014 test is currently being reviewed by the CEN Committee for approval as a new European EN test standard.

 

Whilst other disinfectant manufacturers have claimed long-lasting protection against Coronavirus over the course of the pandemic, this is the first time the claim has been supported by such rigorous test data, performed to a long-lasting test method against a relevant virus – and crucially, using abrasion to mimic the ‘real-life’ conditions of the product in-use.

 

Byotrol’s 4-in-1’ is fast-acting, it kills 99.99% of bacteria and viruses and offers long-lasting antimicrobial protection for up to 24 hours, even in frequently touched areas. It contains the ActizoneTM polymer technology from Solvay, which anchors antimicrobial actives to the surface enabling the residual antimicrobial nature of the formulation.

 

ActizoneTM technology traps antimicrobial actives to form a protective film on surfaces. The actives initially kill 99.9% of bacteria and viruses and go on to deliver 24-hour protection and peace of mind to consumers while ensuring excellent shine and a residue-free finish.

 

The product is supported by a full microbiological test data pack including efficacy against coronavirus, influenza A (H1N1) and rotavirus in just 60 seconds, tested to UK and European standard test methods. It is compliant with the European Biocidal Products Regulation and can be used safely in a multitude of environments.

 

The business says that the test results will give its customers and end-users more confidence in which products on the market are proven to be effective.

 

Rick Hayman, Managing Director of Byotrol’s Professional Sales Division, said: “Many organisations and distribution channels have expressed concern over the mysticism of claims made by suppliers in the disinfection market. This latest test development will provide the necessary assurance to those organisations seeking proof of residual efficacy against viruses and other micro-organisms, whilst protecting their stakeholders as lockdown relaxes in the UK.”

AIR PURIFICATION SYSTEM HALVES AIRBORNE PATHOGENS IN SCHOOLS

A study undertaken by The University of Lincoln has revealed that airborne pathogens in a classroom environment can be significantly reduced by the use of effective air purification systems.  The report was commissioned by Intratek, providers of some of the world leading air purification systems, and shows that the levels of airborne micro-organisms can be reduced by around 50% with an effective air purification system. This project was fully funded by The Productivity Programme for Greater Lincolnshire which is a European Regional Development Fund Programme.

 

The independent investigation by the University of Lincoln into the efficacy of Intratek’s biocidal air handling unit looked at differences in the levels of microbial growth between treated and untreated air.  The University’s scientific team found statistically-significant differences when the air handling unit was operational and concluded that, on average, bacterial counts dropped by half and fungal counts reduced by around two thirds when the unit was in a closed room environment.

 

The report is of particular significance considering the threat posed in schools by airborne pathogens, including respiratory viruses such as Covid 19*.  The law requires schools to ensure an adequate supply of fresh air as well as good ventilation.  This, coupled with social distancing and frequent handwashing, are some of the key measures schools need to introduce if they are to reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus.

Good ventilation reduces the concentration of pathogens in the air and therefore reduces the risks from airborne transmission. This happens when people breathe in small particles (aerosols) that can be present in the air after someone with a virus has occupied an enclosed area.  During the cold winter months, providing adequate ventilation can pose challenges in keeping pupils and staff warm.  Using an effective air purification system can help provide clean air without the cold.

 

The Tiokraft products, sold by Intratek Ltd, use a patented photocatalytic filtration system that is designed to service the maximum amount of contaminated air.  The systems eliminate pathogens and microflora by the photocatalytic process of oxidation. Unlike most purification machines, Tiokraft therefore do not use replaceable particulate absorbing filters which can clog up and need changing on average every month. Tiokraft products need no maintenance so the overall lifetime cost is reduced significantly.

 

Matthew Alexander, Director at Intratek, comments: “This research should be a welcome boost for schools looking to provide a safer environment for pupils and teachers. The government’s advice on ensuring clean air helps reduce the risk of pathogens spreading and our air purification systems are now proven to remove microorganisms from air.” 

 

In the study, air treated by Intratek’s biocidal air handling unit was tested twice daily over a22 day period. The report concluded that there was an, “Overall reduction seen in bacterial and fungal counts as a function of air handling.  This has led to an overall reduction seen in bacterial / fungal counts taken from an environment.”

 

Intratek are leaders in fresh ideas and new, affordable technology. The company works across the business, education and manufacturing sectors offering a range of products to suit budgets and business requirements.  For more information visit www.intrakekltd.com.

CALL FOR COVID-CLEANING HEROES NOMINATIONS ACROSS EDUCATION SECTOR

  • With many workers going the extra mile to keep us safe during the latest lockdown, GAMA Healthcare launches search to find the nation’s Cleaning Heroes –
  • £12,000 prize fund –

 

With the third lockdown upon us, a leading British business is supporting those on the frontline who are helping suppress the spread of the virus through cleaning.  GAMA Healthcare, Britain’s leading supplier of disinfectant wipes and infection prevention training to the NHS, has launched the Cleaning Heroes award to recognise and reward workers who have taken on cleaning responsibilities. While many of us stay at home, many thousands of workers are playing a vital role in limiting the transmission of COVID-19 by maintaining high hygiene standards. 

 

This year teachers and school staff have gone the extra mile to keep us safe, working overtime to ensure our kids can get back to school and taking on new roles to keep their classrooms clean.

 

With 64% of people more concerned about cleaning practices than before the pandemic, learning organisations are relying on staff to take on cleaning duties more than ever as we face this next wave of lockdown. Many employees have had to learn new skills in infection prevention cleaning, and with data suggesting the new strain of the virus is 70% more transmissible, keeping cleaning standards high is essential to keep us safe.

 

The search by GAMA Healthcare will look for the best workers who have taken on cleaning responsibilities to keep us safe over the past year, from sectors including travel and transport, delivery drivers, schools, community healthcare, supermarkets and hospitality. Those people who are helping to provide and maintain clean, sanitised and safe environments for the rest of the country.

 

People who are benefiting from this huge effort to keep the country clean, are being encouraged to enter someone they know who is working to help suppress the virus through cleaning. A winner will be decided by an expert in infection prevention at GAMA Healthcare and chosen from each region across the UK, with a prize of £1,000 per person. Running from the 11th – 31st January 2021, entries should be submitted via the GAMA website (https://gamahealthcare.com/clinell-cleaning-heroes), with entrants given the opportunity to say why the nominee should be chosen as a winner.

 

Dr Guy Braverman Managing Director & Co-Founder of GAMA Healthcare says: 

 

“The world has changed and COVID-19 has made us all more aware of how easily viruses can spread and the importance of infection prevention through effective cleaning techniques. We’re calling for businesses, business groups, professional associations and individuals to get in touch and nominate someone who has gone above and beyond to ensure standards of cleanliness are in place to keep the services we rely on operational. Improving surface hygiene is one of the most effective ways to stop the spread of infection and protect employees and customers. We’ve got a wealth of products, training and awareness building skills – honed through years of supporting the NHS and we are proud to recognise the workers who have become Cleaning Heroes in the fight against COVID-19.”

 

COVID Eliminator: World’s first antimicrobial spray that eradicates COVID-19 on surfaces for more than six weeks launches in UK

A biotech cleaning company has released a domestic version of its antimicrobial treatment, which provides continuous protection against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) pathogens on surfaces for up to six weeks after one spray application. Independently verified by the Global Virus Network, laboratory testing showed pre-coated surfaces achieved a 99.9% kill rate against the COVID-19 virus within 10 minutes of contact, even after six weeks! Traditional disinfectants would need to be continually applied to a surface every five minutes to achieve the same level of protection of just one application of Zonitise Surface Antimicrobial, making it a world first. The company has also launched an alcohol-free hand sanitiser which actively protects against coronavirus for up to eight hours.

A biotech company has brought to market a new antimicrobial protectant spray which can kill and protect against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) for up to six weeks, and an alcohol-free hand sanitiser which actively protects for up to eight hours.

The products, marketed and distributed by Zonitise, are being launched to the public after laboratory tests revealed just one spray kept surfaces still able to eliminate 99.9% of SARS-CoV-2 more than six weeks later.

Laboratory Tests of the Zonitise Surface antimicrobial spray have been independently verified by the Global Virus Network, a coalition of the world’s preeminent human and animal virologists from 53 Centers of Excellence and ten Affiliates in 32 countries. The results mean it’s the first product in the world to offer this proven level of protection against SARS-CoV-2. Traditional products would need to be continually applied to a surface every five minutes to achieve the same level of protection of just one application of Zonitise Surface.

Members of the public and businesses can now buy Zonitise Surface antimicrobial spray here: zonitise.com/product/zonitise-surface/ 

Zonitise Surface Antimicrobial Spray differs from competitor products by offering continuous protection from multiple harmful pathogens, mould and fungi for up to 60 days after just one application. Other products may kill pathogens, but are only effective for a moment in time, and once a surface has dried there are no residual properties to stop those surfaces harbouring and transmitting harmful disease again. Surfaces sprayed with Zonitise antimicrobial have been laboratory tested to reveal the coating kills 99.9% of SARS COV 2 and many other harmful pathogens such as E-coli and MRSA, for more than six weeks after initial application.

The coating is non-toxic, non-mutagenic and non-leaching, and is suitable for all surfaces, whether in the home or in a public space, including carpets and furniture. The long lasting nature of the spray makes it ideal for busy areas with high footfalls, but particularly shops, schools, and nurseries, where multiple children can interact with each other at any time, coming into contact with the same surfaces and touchpoints.

Zonitise Surface antimicrobial spray is available to the public online from £10.79 for 250ml, £17.99 for 500ml or £119.99 for a 5L supply.

Alongside its groundbreaking antimicrobial protectant spray, Zonitise’s hand sanitiser is also certified to kill 99.99% of Coronavirus tested to EN14476 standards, and has proven efficacy of up to 8 hours on hands, whereas traditional sanitisers are only effective for a matter of minutes. It’s alcohol-free and keeps hands moisturised rather than drying them out as alcohol-based sanitisers can do.

Zonitise Skin antimicrobial hand sanitiser is available from £4.40 for 50ml, £9.25 for 250ml or £96.25 for a 5L supply.

Zonitise is a biotech and microbial control company, specializing in antimicrobial protection against bacteria, viruses, mould, mildew, and odours. Zonitise’s mission is to reduce cross contamination risk on surfaces and touch points to keep people healthy. Zonitise antimicrobial coatings are used across the UK and have been professionally applied in many locations since the pandemic started last year. Zonitise protected surfaces can be found in many places including London City Airport, Gatwick Airport, schools, hotels, NHS health centres and even public transport. The coating has a proven efficacy to inactivate SARS COV 2 virus that comes into contact with any treated surface or touchpoint.

Edward Tennent, a director at Zonitise, said,

“The launch of these products, particularly Zonitise Surface Antimicrobial, means we’re able to give every industry, household, school, and workplace in the country more protection against COVID-19 than ever before. The recent rise in cases and hospitalisations in the UK and the closing of schools while we wait for the vaccine roll out shows just how important a product like this is to help make the environments we spend time in safer.

“We’ve worked hard to bring products to market that go above and beyond just eradicating COVID-19 at point of use, by offering independently proven residual protection from harmful pathogens long after you have applied them.  We’ve seen the success of our professionally applied surface treatments in the last year in many different environments, so it’s excellent that we can now make that same proven treatment widely available to help keep people safe in their homes and environments too.”

Action must be taken to reduce airborne risk of COVID-19

Schools and colleges are being urged to take new measures to improve air quality in the fight against COVID-19.

Air-care experts at facilities services provider phs Group warn that as awareness grows about how COVID-19 spreads through the air, action needs to be taken to enable schools and colleges to reopen safely.

Working with Cambridge University Fluid Mechanics Professor Paul Linden, phs reports that evidence is exponentially growing about the risk of COVID-19 transmission through aerosols which are not contained by masks and linger in the air for up to hours at a time. And, worryingly, this risk is not being effectively addressed by the current ‘Hands, Face and Space’ infection control measures.

In the new phs Index report on air quality, Prof Linden explained: “The longer you spend in an indoor environment, the greater the risk. If, for instance, you have one child infected with COVID-19 entering a classroom, the risk to the 30 other children in the class increases throughout the school day as more infected aerosols enter the environment and are spread around the room. These infected aerosols are entirely invisible to the human eye meaning you could be breathing them in without even realising it. Unfortunately, this all means that by only focusing on the ‘Hands, Face and Space’ message, we risk of leaving a gap in our defences – despite best efforts. Improving indoor air quality must be at the forefront if we truly want to create COVID-19-safe environments.”

In response to growing concerns about indoor air quality, phs has seen a significant rise in demand for its range of air purifiers which clean the air by physically removing impurities such as viruses, germs, allergens, dust, mould and VOCs. phs’ AERAMAX air purifiers remove 99.7% of airborne pollutants from the air, emitting cleaner and fresher air back into the indoor environment and can change the air within a room up to five times per hour.

While it’s too soon for research to guarantee air purifiers eliminate COVID-19, the evidence so far is promising; AERAMAX air purifiers are proven to be effective on viruses from flu and colds to the norovirus and also capture particles of TB, measles, mumps, whooping cough and chicken pox. Meanwhile, genetic similarities have been found by researchers between COVID-19 and the SARS virus, which AERAMAX is able to capture.

phs air-care expert Astley Shields said: “The airborne risk of contamination urgently needs addressing to enable people to spend time in indoor settings more safely. Keeping schools and colleges closed is not sustainable; but neither is bringing together a classroom of students and teachers in a confined space in the midst of a pandemic. Comprehensive infection control is absolutely critical to the safe reopening of the education sector. Used in partnership with hygiene measures including regular hand washing, sanitisation, cleaning and social distancing, air cleaning creates a robust line of defence as we all battle against the risks of COVID-19 and work towards the safe reopening of the education sector.”

For more information, visit phs’ coronavirus support pages. You can also visit the phs website and follow @phsGroup on Twitter and phs Group on LinkedIn 

NOW IS THE TIME TO PLAN LONG TERM PROTECTION FOR OUR CLASSROOMS

LONDON, 12th January 2021 – Protect Classrooms and Communities with Antimicrobials in Schools 
Following the decision by Government to close all schools, now is the time to introduce long-term protection against all viruses including Covid-19. Bromoco International, makers of Touch Antimicrobial coating, is appealing to local councils and the Government to implement a long term, sustainable plan to protect classrooms and learning environments with antimicrobial coatings. 

In recent weeks, the rise of positive cases amongst students and school staff was a strong indicator that hand-washing and cleaning of frequent touch-points was not sufficient to prevent Covid-19’s spread.  

However, there is a layer of defence that has been underutilised here in the UK that can protect against Coronavirus and most other bacterial and viral threats. Once applied, it works 24 hours a day for up to 5 years and doesn’t rely on constant cleaning after every possible contamination.

Developed in the UK in 2013, TOUCH Antimicrobial is the world’s only permanent, retrofit, hard film, crystal clear coating that provides protection against enveloped viruses & bacteria including Covid-19 (as well as SARS-CoV-2 and MSRA) for all hard surfaces. It is already being used effectively in many institutions and organisations throughout the UK, including our high security government buildings, while businesses and factories are also applying the product to help protect their employees.

TOUCH is an easy to apply coating which dries to form a permanent, invisible layer of protection, creating an environment where pathogens (including enveloped viruses such as Covid-19 and MRSA) cannot survive. It works by incorporating silver ions and sealing them onto the surface of the material treated, which disrupts the protective outer layer of the microbe so it cannot survive on contact with the coating. 

Laboratory tests and real-life studies on TOUCH protected products prove that 80% of microbes are eradicated within 15 minutes, 90% die within 1 hour of landing on the treated surface and up to 99.99% are gone within 2 hours. Every minute that passes, the chances of cross contamination reduces.

Independent accreditations support the company’s claims. Claire Kirby, Director at Innovation Hygiene Consultancy commented: “The science behind the technology in TOUCH Antimicrobial is well known and has decades of research to support it. Its effectiveness against enveloped viruses is perfect for protection against COVID-19 and Bromoco International have managed to develop this technology into a retrofit coating that is permanent, hard wearing and crystal clear that will last up to 5 years. Something no one else has been able to achieve. 

Kirby continued: “TOUCH Antimicrobial is head and shoulders above anything else currently available and offers the longest and strongest protection against COVID-19. The product is very easy to apply with detailed instructions how to clean, coat and dry cure the surface. No more finger-prints, no more bacteria or viruses…. SIMPLE!”
Antimicrobial coatings are not new – metal ion technology dates back as far as 2200 BC with the Greek, Egyptians and Romans being found to have used copper and silver for their antimicrobial properties. They were used to purify water and to create antiseptic balms. Fast-forward to today and Bromoco International has harnessed these properties in their TOUCH product, developed by a team of biochemists who are leading professionals in the field of anti-microbial technology. The coating is easy to apply and can be retrofitted to most surfaces.

The team at Bromoco is dedicated to increasing awareness of and speeding the uptake of microbe-preventative technology across all communities, starting with the educational sector. 

Tony Semple, Technical Director at Bromoco International, commented: “TOUCH Antimicrobial coating is not the whole solution, but it is a major piece of the puzzle of ensuring classrooms stay safe for both students and staff at all times.  Knowing that all surfaces in the school are working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to protect everyone from getting ill will make it much easier for schools to remain open, staff to keep their jobs and students to continue to have access to the education they need. We believe the application of this extra layer of protection really is a no-brainer.”

#TouchPoints

  • Touch Antimicrobial can be applied quickly and safely to any and all surfaces in the classroom and starts working straight away.
  • Works 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year to protect.
  • Studies have shown that most frequently touched surfaces that have antimicrobial protection kill 99% of bacteria.

Bromoco has added a poll on its social pages to help garner support for the countrywide application of antimicrobial technology in schools, colleges and universities. For further information go to www.touchantimicrobial.com