Antimicrobial Copper has been successfully utilised in hygiene-sensitive environments throughout the world as a means to kill pathogenic microbes on frequently-touched surfaces, thus reducing the risk of transmission of infection.
Fantasilandia—one of Latin America’s largest theme parks—replaced its most frequently-touched surfaces with antimicrobial copper to help reduce the spread of germs and protect the health of its visitors.
The prestigious Francis Crick Institute research facility, in the heart of London’s Knowledge Quarter, has antimicrobial copper door furniture throughout its laboratory and visitor areas.
Poland’s newest electric city bus—Solaris Urbino 12—is the world’s first to feature handrails made from antimicrobial copper, which will continuously destroy germs deposited on their surfaces, helping reduce the spread of infection between passengers.
Vithas Granada Hospital in Spain, opened in May 2016, is an ultra-modern facility that treats patients using the latest technology. Antimicrobial copper touch surfaces form part of its bundle of infection prevention measures.
In Avize, France—surrounded by champagne vineyards—elderly residents of the Avize Care Home are enjoying a new style of care with added protection from antimicrobial copper.
The University of Technology of Compiègne (UTC) in France installed antimicrobial copper door handles and push plates throughout its Industrial Design Engineering department to ‘encourage the curiosity of future engineers’ and raise awareness of hand hygiene whilst providing a cleaner environment for students and lecturers.
Grinnell Regional Medical Center was among the first US hospitals to boost hygiene with solid antimicrobial copper surfaces, and two videos shot there examine the benefits and ease of installing copper.
In a world first, Bezannes—a town in Northern France—installed antimicrobial copper door handles and stair rails in its city hall, social welfare institution and cultural centre, as well as a primary school. These hygienic surfaces are intended as a symbol of the town’s readiness to innovate and improve.
Two kindergartens in Athens led a movement to replace frequently-touched surfaces in schools with equivalents made from copper alloys to help reduce the spread of infection between children and staff.
A Valparaiso Metro train in Chile was the first of its kind to be equipped with antimicrobial copper hand rails and poles in a move intended to help reduce the risk of infections spreading between the Metro's 18 million annual users and improve the public transport experience.
Navarra University Hospital in Spain has boosted existing infection control measures in its intensive care unit with a suite of antimicrobial copper touch surfaces including bed rails, overbed tables, computer input devices, trolleys and furniture handles.
Gilmour Academy Ice Arena converted more than 200 touch surfaces to antimicrobial copper in a bid to improve hygiene and reduce the risk of infections spreading between users of the facilities.
The world's busiest airport – Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, in the USA – was the first mass transit facility in the world to install drinking fountains and bottle filling stations benefitting from the hygienic properties of antimicrobial copper.
The Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre – a new build cancer support and information centre based at Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust – installed antimicrobial copper touch surfaces throughout to boost patient safety by providing a more hygienic environment for users of the facility.
The world's first large-scale residential installation of antimicrobial copper touch surfaces took place in Reims, France.
In a world first, the most popular restaurant chain in South Korea has outfitted two of its top outlets in Seoul with antimicrobial copper, augmenting existing hygiene measures with a view to setting the gold standard for food safety.
This Brazilian supermarket introduced supermarket trolleys with antimicrobial copper handles to help reduce the spread of disease-causing pathogens.
The Alameda Bus Station in Chile was the first bus station in the world to install antimicrobial copper touch surfaces.
A patient safety initiative led by an Ear, Nose and Throat Consultant at the Bostonian Sleep Clinic in Lincolnshire harnessed the inherent antimicrobial efficacy of copper to help address the problem of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in hospitals.
The Paul W. Ahrens Fitness Center – part of Grinnell Regional Medical Center – features state-of-the-art equipment including antimicrobial copper touch surfaces.
The first dental office in Brazil to install a suite of antimicrobial copper products to enhance infection prevention was Dr Nobayashi's endodontic practice in São Paulo, Brazil.
Moreno Consulting – a French recruitment and HR company – outfitted its Reims office with antimicrobial copper door handles to help prevent the spread of viruses and bacteria. The company believes that 'protecting the health of clients is as important as providing them services'.
Isku-Yhtymä Oy, a Finnish company offering interior design and furniture solutions for healthcare facilities, public spaces and private homes, offers an antimicrobial copper range. To demonstrate the efficacy of their products, they installed them in their own occupational healthcare centre.
Núcleo Aprendizagem e Desenvolvimento (Core Learning and Development) is a school in Sao Paulo for students with special educational needs, both child and adult. To help protect their health, it replaced table tops, hand rails and door furniture throughout the facility with brass equivalents.
This new build, thousand-bed hospital in Japan installed antimicrobial copper door furniture throughout its internal medicine, dermatology, pharmaceutical, haemotology and outpatient facilities.
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.