The Official Brand of the World's Most Effective Antimicrobial Touch Surface Material

Antimicrobial Copper: an innovative weapon in the fight to improve hygiene in healthcare

Antimicrobial Copper provides a second line of defense against harmful bacteria and must be cared for in order to work effectively.

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Following the unprecedented registration of Antimicrobial Copper as the only touch surface materials that continuously kills bacteria* , the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency instated a Stewardship Program to ensure the proper use and care of these innovative building materials.  The Stewardship Plan promotes the responsible use of Antimicrobial Copper and clarifies misleading statements discovered in various media.

The use of Antimicrobial Copper alloys (such as brass and bronze) does not replace standard hospital infection control procedures and good hygienic practices such as hand washing. Antimicrobial Copper surfaces must be cleaned and sanitized regularly according to standard practices. Healthcare facilities must maintain the Antimicrobial Copper surfaces just like traditional materials like stainless steel and plastic to comply 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).

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

Routine cleaning to remove dirt and filth is necessary for good hygiene and to ensure the effective antimicrobial performance of the copper alloy surface. Cleaning agents typically used for traditional touch surfaces are permissible and should be used in accordance with the product label.  The appropriate cleaning agent depends on the type of soiling and the measure of sanitization required. Normal tarnishing or wear of Antimicrobial Copper surfaces will not impair the antimicrobial effectiveness of the product as the antimicrobial property is inherent to the bulk materials.

These products are not approved for use in any form that has direct food contact or as food packaging.

Antimicrobial Copper surfaces may be used in hospitals, other healthcare facilities, and various public, commercial, and residential buildings for approved non-food contact surfaces. Surfaces that may be exposed to outdoor environmental conditions (e.g. handrails, shopping carts, and ATM machines) are not representative of indoor laboratory test conditions, and therefore, may impart reduced efficacy if not cleaned when visibly soiled.



* Laboratory testing shows that, when cleaned regularly, Antimicrobial Copper™ kills greater than 99.9% of the following bacteria within 2 hours of exposure: MRSA, Vancomycin-ResistantEnterococcus faecalis (VRE), Staphylococcus aureusEnterobacter aerogenesPseudomonas aeruginosa, and E. coli O157:H7. Antimicrobial Copper surfaces are a supplement to and not a substitute for standard infection control practices and have been shown to reduce microbial contamination, but do not necessarily prevent cross contamination; users must continue to follow all current infection control practices.  Michels et al, Lett Appl Microbiol, 49 (2009) 191-195 demonstrated that Antimicrobial Copper™ outperforms two commercially available silver-containing coatings under typical indoor conditions.


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