In a world first, Sydney’s City Tattersall Club has had Touch Safe antimicrobial copper film applied to their poker machine screens, buttons and other accessible touchscreens -and their patrons have given it a big thumbs up.
This follows a successful trial period of the added safety measure to help the club ensure a COVID-safe environment, and has added a new layer of protection to those playing their machines.
The club’s long list of responsible initiatives has seen a gradual increase of patrons since the peak of the pandemic.
Players have commented that they feel a lot safer with the film on touchpoints of the machines. One woman who wore heavily stained latex gloves decided to remove them once she was told about the film and how it works. Her gloves showed just how dirty common area touchpoints really are.
Germ life on surfaces
The plastic and glass that players must touch when they play a poker machine can harbour germs for up to 3 and 9 days respectively, once they are contaminated.
But Touch Safe film has ongoing antimicrobial action. When any harmful microbes come into contact with the film’s surface they are immediately attacked and destroyed.
The process is initiated instantaneously with oxygen in the air which annihilates the cells of the harmful microbes.
Need for hygiene
Studies conducted on touchpoints like elevator buttons and handrails have shown that they harbour more bacteria than on a toilet seat. Now that’s very disturbing – but it’s not surprising.
Since the global outbreak of COVID-19, there’s been growing awareness of the importance of hygiene, health and safety. Ignoring these when the pandemic first hit has virtually brought economies – and governments – to their knees, and led to over 800,000 deaths.
Touch Safe copper film has a versatile range of real use cases, with already 200 million touchpoints worldwide. Since April, when Aseptic Biocare has brought the Korean product to Australia under the Touch Safe brand, a long list of clients have successfully trialled the film across a wide range of environments and on many surfaces.
The key attraction for facility maintenance managers is the fact that there are almost no options in the marketplace that use a passive, self-sanitising process to reduce the frequency of required sanitisation by 60-80%.
Studies of Touch Safe have been conducted by many reputable laboratories. The latest test, conducted by the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Science in France on July 23, measured antiviral activity against human Coronavirus 229E on plastics and non-porous surfaces in accordance with stringent ISO 21702 requirements.
The result? It showed that the contaminated copper film surface induces a reduction in the viral load of 98.4% within the first hour. This is as good as it gets in terms of passive self-eradication of bacteria and viruses.
Chris Ji of Aseptic Biocare is available for interview.
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