As schools are reopening gradually across the U.S., it does not mean that the danger of transmitting viruses has completely ceased. Parents and teachers alike are concerned about sending their children to school after the lockdown. Although schools will strictly enforce various control measures like face masks, social distancing, frequent hand washing and sanitizing, along with efforts like germ-free classrooms and sanitized toilets, complete germ protection in high traffic areas is still an apprehension.
To eradicate this anxiety, SafeHandles has taken one step forward by introducing a wide variety of products including: SterRoll line of adhesive tapes and films, as well as our antibacterial door handles and antibacterial door handle covers. SafeHandles tapes and sleeves are adhesive film covers that use a slow-release silver-based technology, for most common touchpoints like door handles, doorknobs, push plates and hand railings. The slow-release, silver-based pesticide, used by SafeHandles, is registered and approved by the EPA to inhibit the growth of certain microbes that may be contagious. These are effective 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for 6 months.
Where can SafeHandles Antimicrobial Products be used in Schools?
Children are most likely to touch common touchpoints unconsciously while opening and closing doors or moving up and down the stairs. Other places where these adhesive tapes can be used to maintain a clean handle are on toilets, faucet levers, keyboard keys, desk, and chair rods, light and fan switches, bell switches etc.
Other than high traffic areas, hard surfaces like playgrounds, classrooms, laboratories, libraries, and corridors can be treated with antimicrobial technology that are non-abrasive and toxic-free.
Why do schools need Antimicrobial Treated Products?
Both teachers and students touch surfaces like door handles, handrails, and school devices. These surfaces can create a substantial health risk as they assist as transfer sites for infections. However, the production of microorganisms and the spread of dangerous microbes can also be minimized by antimicrobial treated surfaces which aims to reduce the susceptibility of teachers and students to common bacteria, viruses, and other disease-causing microbes, hence decreasing the risks associated with a school environment.
Many children are allergic or show sensitivity to certain chemicals like formaldehyde, ammonia, sodium hypochlorite, D-limonene or sodium lauryl sulphate. Using silver-based antimicrobials further reduces the risks for children and staff workers due to its low toxicity as compared to the abrasive chemical cleaners, hence, attributing to a chemical-free safe school environment.
How do Silver-based Antimicrobial Products work?
Silver has proved its efficacy for inhibiting harmful microbial growth as one of the most commonly used antimicrobial agents. Silver is known and used for centuries for its antimicrobial qualities. Silver pitchers were used by ancient Egyptians to purify their water. In antimicrobial surface technology, special silver-coating zeolites function with moisture in the air that initiates the continued release of silver ions which prevent cell respiration, DNA replication and growth of cell membrane. Restricting the growth of cells limits the production of bacteria between cleansing. Replacement of these products is recommended every six months.
Antimicrobial vs Antibacterial
Antimicrobial is a common word for a product containing ingredients that kill or prevent the growth of microorganisms. This microorganism can be bacteria, viruses, protozoans, or even mold and fungi. Saying that they are intended to reduce the spread of all sorts of microbes and contagious infections.
Using antimicrobials as pesticides, these are used on objects like toys, countertops, grocery carts, schools, and hospital equipment. As antiseptics, antimicrobial products are used to prevent or even treat diseases on pets, people, and sometimes plants.
On the other hand, antibacterials are effective only against bacteria, and they do not work against viruses and fungi. Viruses require a higher degree of sanitation because the minimum infectious dose is typically quite low, in fact, it is possible for the introduction of one virus invading a living cell and spreading to lead to serious infection.
How can SafeHandles Self-Cleaning Products be used in Schools and Institutes?
A handle touched by multiple students, teachers, and staff members on a daily basis will lead to dirty touch-points that are covered with dirt, oils, and damaging bacteria. If a surface is self-cleaning, it can support limiting the production of bacteria on the surface, which is critical in maintaining cleanliness at all times. SafeHandles self-cleaning products are a much-needed solution to provide clean environments for students and faculty.
Classrooms, playgrounds, bathrooms and corridors should be treated with antimicrobial technology that uses non-abrasive components, eliminating 99.99% of bacteria, viruses and fungi. SafeHandles PURE Hard surface cleaner serves this purpose. Sprayers by SafeHandles are used to sanitize effectively large areas or spaces that are tough to reach by using a fine mist of antimicrobial particles.
SafeHandles sleeves are used to fit over most common sizes of door handles, toilets and faucet levers. These sleeves are installed by using our installation steamer, and the silver protection maintains a clean heat shrunk cover for up to 6 months.
SafeHandles Ster-Roll Tape can be used in various locations of schools, universities and institutes that include push bars, ADA bars, stair rails, push plates, elevators switches, or devices and can be cut and customized to fit on the most heavily touched surfaces. This tape works for 24 hours a day, seven days a week for up to six months.
Use of the above Antimicrobial technology is rapidly growing in science, education, business, and food organizations, hotels, and healthcare industries. When used with regular cleaning products such as mild soaps and good hand sanitizing procedures, antimicrobial surface treatment, and sanitization programs can prove as a prevailing weapon to fight against dangerous viruses or any other contagious bacteria and fungi in schools and other facilities. SafeHandles programs are the best solution on the market. Contact us at 707-822-1234 for a free evaluation.