Antimicrobial coatings are typically applied to door handles, grab-bars, railings, push plates, and other areas that people touch frequently. In some cases, they are sprayed onto textiles, masks, gloves, and carpeting. Even paint manufacturers are applying them to their wall paint and primer products to inhibit the growth of pathogens in facilities. In hospitals and medical facilities, these coatings and embeds are also being applied to medical devices and a multitude of surfaces. Schools are now noticing these advances, and smart districts are investing in antimicrobial technologies for their schools.
According to information provided by Global Industry Analysts, a market research group, “The medical devices segment is all set to witness an impressive growth [in antimicrobial coatings] in coming years. Factors such as the increasing number of hospital-acquired infection (HAI) cases…are encouraging greater use of antimicrobial-coated medical devices.” Antimicrobial coatings can impact how we clean healthcare facilities, along with helping to inhibit the spread of germs and bacteria via medical instruments. If countertops, for instance, are coated with these materials, it means that powerful cleaning agents and disinfectants often used in health care facilities may no longer be necessary. This would help significantly reduce the environmental impact of cleaning in medical facilities.
If it works for healthcare facilities, imagine how well antimicrobial coatings can help keep germs at bay in schools! Putting film on push plates, flush handles, door handles, anywhere kids and staff frequently touch, will eliminate germs before they have a chance to infect the next person to touch that surface. Progressive, health-minded schools are discovering the benefits of installing antimicrobial film in all areas of their schools.
Here are some of the key reasons for the significant growth of antimicrobial coatings in recent years:
- They help stop the spread of germs and bacteria that can cause disease, which is especially important in school settings where kids spend a large part of their day, sharing more than just pencils.
- Existing cleaning practices rarely if ever cover every touch point in school facilities. These films would work with existing cleaning practices to improve the effectiveness of school cleaning and sanitization programs.
- If less chemical treatment is needed to prevent the spread of disease, it could reduce the amount of cleaning time, and cost, necessary to maintain facilities.
- Antimicrobial coatings are easy to apply and the results speak volumes.
SafeHandles have been developed to eliminate microbes on surfaces that must be touched, and to reduce germ transfer resulting from poor hand hygiene interaction with such surfaces. To avoid transmitting bacteria on commonly-touched surfaces, install SafeHandles sleeves and tape throughout the facility. They are easy to apply and reduce 99.99% of bacteria before another student has a chance to touch the same surface. Rather than transferring germs from one user to the next, SafeHandles continuously reduce the presence of pathogens as they arrive.
Keeping kids in school and avoiding illness outbreaks should be at the top of every school administration’s priority list. Plan ahead now to ensure you are ready when the kids return.