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.
Fantasilandia in Chile attracts more than 1.3 million visitors each year and all of these must touch the bars of the entrance turnstiles to start their day, potentially depositing or picking up disease-causing germs. Turnstile bars at the park have been replaced with antimicrobial copper, as have the grab rails on one of Fantasilandia’s most popular rides, the Tren Minero rollercoaster.
Fantasilandia’s General Manager, Gerardo Arteaga, says: ‘We’re here to entertain and delight, but wherever large numbers of people gather there is naturally a risk of infection spreading between them. Of course, hand washing is very important to prevent the spread of infection, but we wanted to provide some extra protection to our visitors, so that the only thing they take away with them is happy memories.’
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.