Keyboards are a significant source of cross contamination and are hard to clean without causing permanent damage. HTM 01-05 compliant SteriType covers are designed to protect against accidental spills, contaminants and bacteria such as E. coli, Salmonella and MRSA.

Learn more & buy online: www.steritype.com

Recognising the risk of cross contamination, Dentists have often used rolls of cling film to cover their keyboards…both awkward and time consuming. The cling film is now being swapped for permanent covers which not only allow the keyboard to be cleaned and decontaminated in-situ, but also prevent bacterial and fungal growth in between cleaning cycles.

Clinical studies have demonstrated that keyboards represent a significant cross contamination hazard, however they are notoriously difficult to clean without the risk of permanent damage. Waterproof keyboards are available, but they tend to be expensive and, in the face of restrictive budgets, difficult to justify.

The innovative clear polymer cover from SteriType® has been developed to provide an effective yet economical solution to this problem. The covers can be supplied for most keyboard types and are very easy to fit.

The covers are manufactured from a highly resilient polyurethane film, which is able to withstand harsh cleaning and disinfecting chemicals, including detergents, alcohol and chlorine solution.

Even with regular cleaning, the cover will last for many years. The film incorporates SteriTouch® antimicrobial masterbatch, ensuring the covers will provide continuous antimicrobial protection.

The polyurethane film is manufactured by a vacuum forming process, using a mould made directly from a sample of the keyboard. The covers are such an accurate fit that they are quite often referred to as keyboard gloves or keyboard skins. While they may take a short while to get used to, SteriType® has had excellent feedback from single finger and touch typists alike.

The SteriType covers are available for most keyboard models, including those from Dell, HP, Lenovo, Compaq, Logitech, Viglen, Apple and Cherry.

Nick Corlett, Director of Radical Materials, said: “The demand for the Steritype keyboard covers has grown steadily since we launched them in 2006, but we’ve seen a real surge in interest since the beginning of this year. We now supply most UK NHS Trusts and a huge number of dental surgeries.

“The main purpose of the cover is to protect the keyboard and enable straightforward cleaning and disinfection, but they also have the unique additional benefit of SteriTouch, which is incorporated into the film at the point of extrusion. This provides long lasting antimicrobial properties which will work continually to reduce the growth of bacteria and mould. Unlike washable keyboards, the covers allow the keyboard to be cleaned without disconnecting it from the PC and taking it to a sink, which is obviously a huge advantage. In fact, we’re frequently asked to supply covers for washable keyboards.”

“Based on ionic silver technology, SteriTouch is effective against a broad range of harmful organisms, including MRSA, E. Coli, Pseudomonas and Salmonella. It’s not intended to negate the need for regular cleaning, but is a useful complementary measure.”

Learn more & buy online: www.steritype.com

SteriType® is part of Radical Materials Ltd, specialists in innovative material technologies, including SteriTouch® antimicrobial materials, SCOPIC® x-ray and metal detectable polymers and KONDUCT thermally conductive polymers.

Did you know that 1 in 4 deaths worldwide is Thrombosis related? It’s a scary statistic, but one that RBR Active simply couldn’t ignore. The RBR Legflow was developed as a result.

RBR Legflow by RBR Active using SteriTouc Antimicrobial technology

The RBR Legflow is a medical device specifically designed to increase blood flow to the lower limbs, drastically reducing the risk of developing DVT. This innovative product is effective anywhere, when long periods of inactivity are unavoidable. This can include travelling by air, working in an office, being hospitalised or simply when spending prolonged periods of time sitting. The RBR Legflow has undergone independent clinical trials and has been proven to increase blood flow to the lower limbs by 11 fold, even when seated.

The addition of SteriTouch antimicrobial technology helps prevent bacteria and microbes developing on the surface of the product, as well as to reduce odours. With its recently certified antimicrobial properties, there really is nothing stopping the RBR Legflow from becoming the most successful medical device in reducing the risks of DVT.

Paul Westerman, Managing Director for RBR Active, commented: “In 2011 I suffered a massive pulmonary embolism that was caused by a relatively innocuous knee injury. From this injury I developed DVT, and as part of my rehabilitation, I had a passionate desire to raise awareness for the main signs and symptoms of Thrombosis. My wife and I have subsequently set up RBR Active Ltd, and we are immensely pleased to be able to offer this innovative, clinically researched medical product to you. As we started the RBR legflow project, we have been fully supported by so many companies and individuals. SteriTouch gave us the valuable advice to have their clinically tested antimicrobial element added to our medical product. This allows the RBR Legflow greater access (and most importantly) conformity to clinical regulations. This input and guidance from SteriTouch has proved invaluable.”

Following the 2004 Tsunami and Hurricane Katrina, inventor Michael Pritchard created the world’s first portable water filter, capable of removing even the smallest known waterborne viruses. Fast forward to today and LifeSaver’s range of water filtration products deliver clean water solutions around the world; enabling the military, those in humanitarian crisis and those wishing to explore the more challenging parts of the globe, access to clean water where it wouldn’t otherwise be available.

LifeSaver has just launched the LifeSaver Liberty™ bottle. As the world’s first portable water filter bottle with an inline pump combined, it can filter up to 2,000 litres of water and boasts FailSafe technology, which ensures it cannot be used once the filter is blocked.

As a further line of defence, all parts of the LifeSaver Liberty™ bottle post-filtration contain SteriTouch® antimicrobial protection.  SteriTouch®, a performance additive manufacturer based in Ebbw Vale, created a tailored solution for LifeSaver, including ionic silver as the active component.  The finished bottle offers a permanent additional line of defence against the growth of bacteria, biofilm and mould, to reduce odours and degradation of the bottle. Independent testing has shown a 99.99% reduction in both MRSA and E.Coli.

Manufactured in the UK, LifeSaver products are portable water filters that are pressurised with a hand pump. This air pressure forces water through the pores of an ultra filtration cartridge and out through the exit nozzle leaving microbiological contamination behind. LifeSaver technology provides a physical barrier against viruses, bacteria and cysts. No chemicals or electrical power is required.

The original LifeSaver Bottle, Cube and Jerrycan now also contain SteriTouch antimicrobial protection, which will continue to work effectively for the lifetime of the products, without leaching out or wearing off. Products containing SteriTouch currently on the market include Sennheiser’s earphones, Crown Paints’ hygienic coatings and Garran Lockers’ storage solutions.

Following the successful launch of the Carelite medical luminaire in late 2015, Norway’s leading designer and manufacturer of industrial lighting, Glamox Luxo, has extended its range featuring SteriTouch protection.

The new LHH is an evolution of the original medical examination luminaire, which is in daily use by healthcare professionals worldwide. The frictionless horizontal and vertical movement makes LHH the most flexible examination luminaire on the market – and the best in its class. LHH is designed especially for challenging conditions requiring good light, for example, during examinations and treatment procedures in the health sector; in hospitals, health centres and consulting rooms.

A version of LHH with adjustable colour temperature is available. This makes it possible to switch between warm white and cool white light, depending on the task at hand. The warm white setting is ideal for dermatological examinations, while the cool white setting aids in the recognition of blood vessels.

LHH is coated with SteriTouch® antimicrobial powder coating, which prevents the growth of bacteria, mould and biofilm. The light source is also covered with tempered glass, which means that LHH can be cleaned with acetone or any other cleaning agent used in hospitals. Importantly, the antimicrobial performance of SteriTouch® is also unaffected by the use of cleaning chemicals.

TC Transcontinental hard coated polyester film brings SteriTouch technology to membrane touch switches and fascia panels.

Concern about the risks associated with bacterial and viral infection has led to demand for products and systems of work that minimise the impact and spread of infection in the workplace and public buildings. TC Transcontinental Advanced Coatings has responded by developing reflex antimicrobial. reflex antimicrobial is a light-textured, hard-coated polyester film, part of TC Transcontinental Advanced Coatings’ range of high grade graphic overlay films that have been developed to meet the exacting requirements of Screen Printers, Membrane Touch Switch and Fascia-panel manufacturers and their end users. reflex antimicrobial is especially ideal for touch panels used in hygienic settings such as healthcare and catering, where it is imperative to keep bacteria and mould to a minimum.

This is achieved by incorporating a SteriTouch® antimicrobial additive during the manufacturing process. Based on innovative silver technology, SteriTouch is designed to reduce the growth of harmful organisms such as bacteria, mould and fungi. The integration process ensures even distribution of the SteriTouch antimicrobial agent throughout the textured hard-coat and the film surface, providing a reliable, stable bacterial barrier.

All of the active components used by SteriTouch hold EPA and FDA approvals for food contact, as well as being supported for inclusion on the Biocidal Products Regulation, enabling their use throughout Europe. The nature of devices using fascia panels and membrane overlays means they are often overlooked during routine cleaning, yet are designed to be used and touched by multiple people. It is therefore even more important to keep the risk of cross contamination as low as possible. reflex antimicrobial is based on a UL listed polyester film which employs superior primer technology.

This offers excellent anchorage of textured hard-coat to the front side; and to the reserve side an ink receptive layer for both UV and solvent based inks, making it suitable for a wide range of applications in sanitary conditions. The superior scratch and chemically resistant surface of reflex antimicrobial protects against dust, cleaning and damage from many of the chemicals used in a working environment. reflex antimicrobial is coated in 1000 Class Clean Rooms achieving optimum performance in hardness, embossability, chemical resistance, a switch lifetime of more than 3 million flexes and the ability to be die-cut.

In the grip of a global pandemic, hygiene practises are more important now than ever before. As a company, we have always prided ourselves on creating antibacterial solutions for a vast range of products and applications. Working with eLocker has pushed innovation to the next level.

eLocker has created a solution for hospitals and the NHS during the COVID-19 outbreak by developing a medically compliant lock solution. The system works by combining innovative RFID technology with intuitive locker management, coupled with a protective outer casing designed by SteriTouch. This antibacterial shield acts as another level of protection from an already contactless system, giving users complete peace of mind.

SteriTouch additives eradicate the bacteria which cause contamination and infection. Coronavirus COVID-19 is an enveloped virus, so called because of its fatty outer membrane or ‘envelope’. Several of the active substances we use have been successfully tested against other enveloped viruses, such as Influenza, Avian flu and SARS. By contributing to a completely contactless system, we have ensured that the transmission of harmful bacteria is eliminated by combining SteriTouch and eLocker technologies.

The applications and potential for this technology are endless. SteriTouch and eLocker have already built up strong relationships within the NHS, and with the emergence of this system, we hope to further combat harmful bacteria from spreading from person to person. NHS and other key workers are currently fighting COVID-19 around the clock, and if we can help in this fight by preventing the spread of infection then it is our duty to do so.

Jacob Hinson, Technical & Sales Director for eLocker, commented: “eLocker is partnering with SteriTouch to offer smart lockers with a fully accredited coating to stop the transmission of harmful bacteria. After having several requests from healthcare providers, it was evident that eLocker needed a fast and easy way to make locks ready for medical environments.

It became evident we needed a way to do it in the UK. The team at SteriTouch have been reactive and have come up with a solution very quickly, and we are pleased to announce the launch of this product to support the NHS through the COVID-19 outbreak.”

For more information on Antibacterial eLocker products, please contact Jacob Hinson at jacob@elocker.com or 07772 646747.

A long-time leader in office, personal safety and air distribution innovation, Deflecto is known for looking at ideas from every angle to uncover even better solutions. Through sixty years of innovation and counting, Deflecto continue to invent and improve their products with their customers’ needs in mind.

This mission to provide innovative solutions is what led them to get in touch with antimicrobial specialists SteriTouch. At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Deflecto identified what would soon become a global concern – how can we protect the items we touch on a daily basis from harmful bacteria? To address this, SteriTouch have been working closely alongside Deflecto to produce a range of antimicrobial Office Desktop products, including Waste Bins, Letter Trays, Magazine Files and Pen Tidys.

Antimicrobial additives formulated by SteriTouch are incorporated into the base material of each Office Desktop product, providing twenty-four-hour defence against harmful bacteria such as MRSA and E. coli. The Office Desktop range is ideal for busy professionals, students and teachers as we begin to return to our places of work and study, and is a perfect example of two forward-thinking companies working together to provide an innovative solution to a growing global concern.

Andy Page, European Sales Director for Deflecto, commented: “Working with SteriTouch has allowed us to take a long-standing traditional set of desk accessories we manufacture in the UK to a whole new audience, as consumers crave antimicrobial products.

Existing customers alike have seen demand increase on products that are deemed ‘safe’ to use. Working with SteriTouch has been a great working relationship, which is now developing into a global partnership as we look to use the SteriTouch additive in our products manufactured in other Deflecto sites in China and the USA.”

If you would like more information on the Antimicrobial Office Desktop products from Deflecto, please click HERE.

Versital is a handmade solid surface material, also known as ‘cultured marble’ or ‘imitation marble’. Each piece is made in Britain and manufactured to order from stone resin, allowing clients to specify exact sizes where required. Versital surfaces are extremely hard wearing, and as a result of the protective gel top coat, they are 100% water proof, stain proof, nonporous and easy to clean. With over forty years of industry experience, the UK-based company reached out to antimicrobial specialists SteriTouch in order to provide peace of mind and added safety for their customers.

SteriTouch antimicrobial additives have been incorporated into the gel material, in order to provide twenty-four-hour protection against harmful bacteria such as MRSA and E. coli. The antimicrobial properties of Versital have been verified by independent laboratories using the ISO 22196 test method, and independent testing has verified that SteriTouch additives do not exhibit any discernible loss of efficacy over a period of 10 years.

As the hospitality industry slowly begins to return to business following the ease of restrictions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been an increased demand for Versital surfaces with SteriTouch antimicrobial protection within bars, restaurants, public washrooms and other public areas. There are a broad range of applications available, including hospitality table tops, washroom vanities, bespoke shower trays & panels as well as bar tops.

Debra Langley, Managing Director of Versital, had this to say: “As a manufacturer of the high-quality solid surface Versital for the domestic and hospitality markets, we were keen to improve our already hygienic surfaces. Given the current situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, the hygiene aspect of our product has become more important than ever.

After intensive research into suitable additives, we tested various companies’ offerings and found that the SteriTouch product exceeded our expectations. In addition to the SteriTouch product itself, the support and help offered by SteriTouch to achieve this partnership was critical.

The service and attention to detail shown by the team has been fantastic. They came back very quickly with answers to all our questions and have been more than helpful. We are looking forward to working with them and to a successful partnership.”

For more information on Versital antimicrobial surfaces, please visit www.versital.co.uk

Tablet2cases has launched a range of rugged tablet cases aimed at children, with the benefit of SteriTouch antimicrobial protection. Designed in Australia and launched globally this month, the Pure Sense Buddy range is described as ‘drop-proof’.

The cases are moulded from a soft-touch EVA foam, in a child friendly design featuring a carry handle.  Since the SteriTouch ionic silver additive is dosed in as a masterbatch during the manufacturing stage, the antimicrobial efficacy is present throughout the material and will last for the lifetime of the case.

Independent testing of the cases has demonstrated over 99.9% reduction against MRSA and E.coli, meaning the cases are also suitable for any environment such as healthcare where infection control is a factor.

Taking advantage of the consumer favourite SteriTouch co-brand to promote the hygienic benefits of the products, Tablet2cases has produced an immersive user experience with a presentation box containing the tablet case, shoulder strap and cleaning kit, along with a dedicated launch site and an online share scheme.

For more information on the new range, please see here

SteriTouch have been working alongside Thermaset Ltd for over a year, developing innovative coatings such as a nylon-modified antimicrobial powder coat for improved durability in hospital trollies, where infection prevention is key. This type of powder coat is particularly useful in devices such as medical furniture, radiator casings and anywhere else where a more robust solution is required.

Thermaset Ltd is one of the UK’s leading powder coating specialists based in Tamworth, Staffordshire. With over 30 years’ experience formulating, manufacturing and suppling powder coating, their stock range has over 600 products in a variety of colours, finishes and types. Thermaset ltd also provide a bespoke colour matching service to ensure 100% confidence in the finished product.

Thermaset Ltd put great importance on working with companies that mirror their own ethos. This sits perfectly with SteriTouch, as our aim is to work with like-minded individuals who are passionate about delivering the very best products and services possible.

Ben Jennens, Marketing Manager of Thermaset ltd, commented: “When looking for a supplier of antimicrobial additives, we instantly recognised SteriTouch as a great company with a strong brand. After holding meetings at both companies, it became very clear that SteriTouch are a business of integrity and hold very similar values to that of our own.

We look forward to working jointly on existing and future projects, and believe that our partnership with SteriTouch and their team will be of great benefit to both companies. More importantly, it will mean that we will be able to focus on product development that will offer greater solutions for our customers’ requirements.”

For more information regarding the Thermaset range of antimicrobial powder coats, please visit: https://thermaset.co.uk/uk/powder_coatings/antibacterial-powder-coatings/