Approved Uses

Antimicrobial Copper may be used in hospitals, other healthcare facilities, and various public, commercial, and residential buildings, for a variety of hygienic applications.

Below are the Antimicrobial Copper products approved under the EPA registration for the US market, for two application areas:

For other countries/regions, the list is indicative of the variety and number of products which could be made from Antimicrobial Copper and provides some guidance on which products would be approved to use the Antimicrobial Copper brand.

 

Touch Surfaces

Healthcare Facilities

  • Bedrails, footboards
  • Over-bed tables
  • Bedside tables in hospitals, extended care facilities, senior housing etc. (knobs, pulls, handles; surfaces)
  • Handrails, (corridor/hallways) ( Senior housing),  automatic door push plates
  • Stair rails, handrails, tubular railing, and supports, rail fittings T's, elbows and brackets
  • Bedrails, assistance rails
  • Toilet safety rails
  • Trolleys: Hospital trolleys (table surfaces, handles, legs), Computer trolleys, Record trolleys, Phlebotomy trolleys, Other trolleys (tables/surfaces, shelving, railings, handles, pulls), Equipment trolleys (horizontal surfaces, frames, handles)
  • Door push plates, kick plates, mop plates, stretcher plates
  • Sinks: spigots, drains,  sinks themselves
  • Faucet: handles, spigot, drain control lever
  • Water fountains: bubbler head, drain strainer, handle
  • Alcohol sanitiser dispenser, handle
  • Paper towel holders, facial tissue holders, toilet paper holders
  • Air hand dryer, controls and push buttons on air hand dryers
  • Hydrotherapy tanks (whirlpool tanks): shells, covers, headrests, drain fittings (outer surfaces without water contact)
  • Door handles, doorknobs (outer touch surfaces)
  • Grab bars in bathrooms showers and bathtubs
  • Panic bars on emergency room doors
  • Towel bars
  • Showerheads
  • Countertops and tabletops (non-food use only)
  • Hinges, locks, latches, and trim
  • Door stops, door pulls, and protector guards
  • Toilet and urinal hardware, levers, push buttons
  • Toilet seat inlay for lifting of seat
  • Closures
  • Vertical locking arms
  • Vertical cover guards
  • Protection bars
  • Light switches, switch plates
  • Visitor chairs: armrests, metal frames
  • Thermostat covers, control knobs and wheels
  • Telephone handsets and surfaces (housings), keypad
  • Kitchen surfaces (non-food contact only): table tops, counter tops, handles (microwave, refrigerator, stove), cabinet doors, cabinet hinges, pulls, backsplash, hoods, control knobs (appliances, fans)
  • Floor tiles
  • Ceiling tiles (non-porous)
  • Wall tiles
  • Instrument handles
    • Medical equipment knobs, pulls and handles for:
      • Drug delivery systems
      • Monitoring systems
      • Hospital beds
      • Office equipment
      • Operating room equipment
      • Stands and fixtures
    • Types of knobs:  e.g. Prong, fluted, knurled, push/pull, T-handle, tapered, and ball knobs
  • Intravenous (IV) poles, bases, hangers, clips
  • Trays  (instruments, non-food contact)
  • Pans (bed)
  • Walkers, wheelchair handles, and tubular components
  • Computer keyboards: keys, housings, computer mouse surfaces
  • Exercise and rehabilitation equipment, handles, bars
  • Physical therapy equipment: physical therapy tables, treatment chairs and portable taping tables
  • Chairs(shower chairs, patient chairs, visitor chairs): rails, backs, legs, seats
  • Lighting products:  X-ray illuminators, operating rooms, patient examination rooms, surgical suites, and reading lamps for hospital rooms and assisted living facilities etc.  Components can include bases, arms, housings, handles, hinges)
  • Headwall systems: the unit themselves, outlet covers, knobs and dials, lighting units (lamp housings and adjustable arms), CRT monitors with rotating knobs and levers and adjustments. Baskets, monitor housings, knobs, baskets, tables, IV poles
  • Critical care trolley: Table top, drawer, drawer pull, lock, copper wire baskets for storage of equipment and charts.
  • Bedside lavatory: sink, faucet, handles, drawer pulls, toilet seat, toilet seat cover, toilet handle, door and cabinet facings, counter tops
  • Medical records:  Chart holders, clipboards, filing systems
  • Storage Shelving:  wire shelving etc. for medical supplies
  • Grab handles on privacy curtains
  • Lids of laundry hampers, trash canisters and other containers
  • Bedside pitchers
  • Closet rods and hangers
  • Television controls:  knobs, buttons, remote
  • Monitor (television, computer, etc.) housing
  • Cup holder
  • Toothbrush holder
  • Soap holder
  • Magazine rack
  • Signage
  • Coat rack and hooks
  • Shower curtain rings
  • Radiator cover
  • Bracelets
  • Pens
  • Badge clips
  • Name tags
  • Patient gown snaps
  • Window sills, pulls and locks
  • Electrical wallplates

Community Facilities (including various public and commercial buildings)

  • Shopping trolley handles, child seats, handrails
  • Cash registers: housing, keypads
  • ATM machines: keys, housing
  • Gym/health club lockers, locker handles, locker shelving, trainers' tables,
  • Ice and water dispensers (outer surfaces without water contact)
  • Elevator: handrail, control panel, buttons, interior walls, floor tiles, exterior call button plate
  • Paper towel dispensers.  Housing itself, (turn) handle, (push) handle
  • Soap holder
  • Soap dispenser (wall mounted): push bar and dispenser itself
  • Soap dispenser (sitting on counter): dispenser housing itself, push mechanism
  • Toilet paper dispenser (housing)
  • Windows (crank),  Locking mechanism, pull handles
  • Window treatments  (cord pulls),  Venetian blinds (wands, cord pulls)
  • Jalousie Windows (crank)
  • Casement (cranks, levers, hinges)
  • Single and double-hung windows (locks and pulls)
  • Light switches, switch plates
  • Lids of laundry hampers, trash canisters, and other containers
  • Magazine rack
  • Signage
  • Coat rack and hooks
  • Shower curtain rings
  • Radiator cover
  • Bracelets
  • Badge clips
  • Name tags
  • Vending machines (non-food contact only)
  • Window sills
  • Electrical wallplates
  • Clip boards
  • Office supplies: paper clips, staplers, tape dispensers

Residential Buildings (including homes, apartments, apartment buildings and other residences

  • Kitchen surfaces (non-food contact only): table tops, counter tops, handles (microwave, refrigerator, stove), cabinet doors, cabinet hinges, pulls, backsplash, hoods, control knobs (appliances, fans)
  • Bedrails, footboards
  • Handrails
  • Stair rails
  • Door push plates
  • Sinks: spigots, drains, sinks themselves
  • Faucet: handles, spigot, drain control lever
  • Paper towel holders, facial tissue holders, toilet paper holders
  • Door handles, doorknobs (outer touch surfaces)
  • Grab bars in bathrooms showers and bathtubs
  • Towel bars
  • Showerheads
  • Countertops and tabletops
  • Hinges, locks, latches, and trim
  • Door stops, door pulls, and protector guards
  • Toilet and urinal hardware, levers, push buttons
  • Toilet seat inlay for lifting of seat
  • Light switches, switch plates
  • Thermostat covers, control knobs and wheels
  • Telephone handsets and surfaces (housings), keypad
  • Floor tiles
  • Ceiling tiles (non-porous)
  • Wall tiles
  • Computer keyboards: keys, housings, computer mouse surfaces
  • Exercise equipment, handles, bars
  • Windows (crank),  Locking mechanism, pull handles
  • Window treatments  (cord pulls),  Venetian blinds (wands, cord pulls)
  • Jalousie Windows (crank)
  • Casement (cranks, levers, hinges)
  • Single and double-hung windows (locks and pulls)
  • Television control knobs and buttons
  • Lids of laundry hampers, rubbish canisters and other containers
  • Bedside pitchers
  • Closet rods and hangers
  • Television remote
  • Cup holder
  • Toothbrush holder
  • Soap holder
  • Magazine rack
  • Coat rack and hooks
  • Shower curtain rings
  • Radiator cover
  • Window sills
  • Electrical wallplates
  • Baby cribs: rails, fittings, brackets, supports
  • Bowl stands
  • Office supplies: paper clips, staplers, tape dispensers
  • Monitor (television, computer, etc.) housing

Mass Transit Facilities

  • Handrails
  • Stair rails, tubular railing, and supports; elbows and brackets
  • Door push plates, kick plates
  • Door handles, door knobs (outer touch surfaces)
  • Grab bars and handles
  • Tiles:  wall, floor, ceiling (non-porous)
  • Chairs and benches:  rails, backs, legs, seats
  • Window sills, pulls, and handles
  • Signage
  • Vending machines (non-food contact only)

Other

  • Play area equipment (indoor only): bars, handles, chains, push plates, handrails, stair rails and risers, wheels, knobs, flooring
  • Chapel pews
  • Eye glass frames and protective eye wear
  • Pens
  • Combs
  • Ashtrays

 

HVAC Components

HVAC and Dehumidifier Equipment

  • Filters
    • Metal mesh filters
    • Housing
  • Condensate drip pans and drip pan tubing
  • Blower blades
  • Ductwork
  • Motor housings and components
    • Outer casing
    • Shafts
    • Bearings
    • Cover plate and hardware
  • Housing, casing, and shielding
    • Fan shrouds/grates
    • Sheet metal covers for moving parts
    • Heat exchangers
  • Heat exchanger fins, coils
  • Air handling mixing boxes
  • Diffusers
  • De-misters
  • Evaporator coil
  • Condensers
  • Evaporative cooler/reservoir housing
  • Vents
  • Fan shrouds/grates
  • Valves: including expansion valves, reversing valves, cast valves, water valves (for draining condensation pans)
  • Fasteners and brackets (for connecting hardware and equipment)
  • Gauges: casing and connecting stem
  • Portable heaters & A/C units - housing, grates, controls
  • Controls units/electronics/fuse box: housing, handles, frames, hardware, buttons, knobs

Other Equipment

  • Dehumidifiers: same components as listed above for HVAC equipment
  • Radiant baseboard heating components: housing, control units, piping, return manifold, expansion tank, mixing valve, fill valve, heat exchanger fins
  • Vacuums: internal air-handling components including
    • Exhaust port/grating
    • Filter (metal mesh)
    • Rotating brush
    • Air intake port and housing
    • Dust bag chamber housing
    • Fan blades and housing
    • Motor housing, shafts, bearings, cover plate and hardware.

Copper and copper alloys are engineering materials that are durable, colourful and recyclable and are widely available in various product forms suitable for a range of manufacturing purposes. Copper and its alloys offer a suite of materials for designers of functional, sustainable and cost-effective products.

Copper and certain copper alloys have intrinsic antimicrobial properties (so-called ‘Antimicrobial Copper’) and products made from these materials have an additional, secondary benefit of contributing to hygienic design. Products made from Antimicrobial Copper are a supplement to, not a substitute for standard infection control practices. It is essential that current hygiene practices are continued, including those related to the cleaning and disinfection of environmental surfaces.

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