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Hygiene grants for newbuilds and renovations using antimicrobial copper

Copper Development Association (CDA) : 22 September, 2012  (Company News)
Antimicrobial Copper touch surfaces - such as door handles, push plates, handrails, taps and light switches - are already being used in healthcare facilities around the world to help reduce the spread of healthcare-associated infections such as MRSA.

In order to further our understanding of how Antimicrobial Copper could benefit society beyond healthcare - in areas such as schools, offices, restaurants, hotels and other buildings where hygiene is a concern - the Copper Alliance is offering grants of up to EUR10,000 towards the cost of purchasing/installing approved Antimicrobial Copper components in European facilities.

Copper is inherently antimicrobial, meaning it will rapidly and completely eradicate disease-causing pathogens on contact.  Copper shares this benefit with many familiar alloys - including brass and bronze - known collectively as Antimicrobial Copper.  Touch surfaces made from Antimicrobial Copper harbour fewer germs than other touch surfaces and contribute to a more hygienic environment.

Schools in Greece and Kindergartens in Japan are already benefitting from Antimicrobial Copper surfaces such as handrails, taps and door furniture.  Likewise, metro stations on Chile's underground system and an airport in Brazil are also using Antimicrobial Copper for frequently-touched surfaces as an adjunct to standard cleaning, to improve hygiene.

Approved antimicrobial components can be recognised as they are sold under the Antimicrobial Copper brand and Cu+ mark, used by leading manufacturers to signify their products are made from an approved Antimicrobial Copper material, capable of continuously killing pathogenic microbes - including E. Coli and Influenza A - 24/7, in-between cleans.

Applications are invited from those planning a non-residential extension, new build or renovation who would like their facility's users to benefit from Antimicrobial Copper touch surfaces.

  • The Copper Alliance is the common identity uniting a global network of Copper Centres and their industry-leading members, with a mission to defend and grow markets for copper based on its superior technical performance and its contribution to a higher quality of life worldwide.  In the UK, Copper Development is the national Copper Centre.
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