Proper Use and Care

Antimicrobial Copper supplements your standard infection control practices that are vital to patient safety. These surfaces should be cared for accordingly.

Antimicrobial Copper provides a second line of defence against harmful microbes, but must be cared for in order to work effectively.

The use of Antimicrobial Copper alloys (such as brass and bronze) does not replace standard infection control procedures and good hygienic practices, rather it is an additional hygiene solution. Antimicrobial Copper surfaces must be cleaned and sanitised according to standard practice. Healthcare facilities must maintain the product in accordance with infection control guidelines; users must continue to follow all current infection control practices, including those practices related to disinfection of environmental surfaces.

Antimicrobial Copper surfaces may be subject to recontamination and the level of active bacteria at any particular time will depend on the frequency and timing of recontamination and cleanliness of the surface (among other factors). In order for the copper alloy surface to have proper antimicrobial effect, the product must be cleaned and maintained according to the directions found on the product's label.

Antimicrobial Copper surfaces must not be waxed, painted, lacquered, varnished, or otherwise coated.

Routine cleaning to remove dirt and soil is necessary for good sanitation and to assure the effective antimicrobial performance of the Antimicrobial Copper alloy surface. Cleaning agents typically used for traditional touching surfaces are permissible; the appropriate cleaning agent depends on the type of soiling and the measure of sanitisation required. Normal oxidation or wear of Antimicrobial Copper surfaces will not impair the antimicrobial effectiveness of the product.

Antimicrobial Copper surfaces may be used in hospitals, other healthcare facilities, and various public, commercial, and residential buildings for contact surfaces.

See also Cleaning Guidelines.

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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