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Creating safer spaces

The challenge

Most people agree, the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) pandemic has changed attitudes to cleanliness and hygiene for good. This will fundamentally affect how we must clean and maintain workspaces and the environments in which services are delivered. New ways are needed to provide long-term protection from all pathogens, including SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19.

 

The solution

Introducing Touchpoint Shield™ from SafeGroup, a revolution in antimicrobial protection. Touchpoint Shield™ combines the durability of nanoceramics with the proven anti-microbial power of silver ion technology.

Working together, they create an impenetrable barrier against viruses, including the COVID-19 virus, as well as bacteria and fungi.

Easy to apply by our trained technicians, Touchpoint Shield™ treated surfaces will help protect your workforce and customers against harmful pathogens for up to three years in high touchpoint areas.

No other antimicrobial product currently on the market can promise to provide protection as effective and long-lasting.

Back to work clean and safe

The vaccine programme gives us an opportunity to put the COVID-19 pandemic behind us. As this happens, many see the need to improve health, safety and wellbeing. Touchpoint Shield™ can play a part in this. Improving hygiene standards, to build back better.

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The Touchpoint Shield™ Difference

Untreated Surface

Regular disinfection cleaning is effective against microbial contamination, such as bacteria, viruses, fungi and mould, for short periods.

After that time, new microbes landing on the surface, or left by touch transmission, thrive and replicate, quickly restoring infection risk.

 

Treated Surface

The positively charged silver ions in the nanoceramic coating are attracted to negatively charged microbes transmitted onto the surface.

By different methods, depending on the pathogen, they instantly begin destroying the cells, leaving the surface 99.99% free of harmful microbes.

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How it works

Touchpoint Shield™ can be applied to any porous or non-porous surface, including wood, metal, plastic and fabric, so is ideal for protecting many different kinds of high transmission touchpoints. Silver ions target and destroy microbes in different ways:

Positively charged silver ions are attracted to pathogens. The ions then disrupt their DNA, preventing cell division which stops replication.

Silver ions enter bacterial cells where they block the respiratory system, preventing energy production so killing the cell.

With viruses, silver ions interact with RNA which prevents the virus from replicating, which is the only way it survives.

Safe and comprehensive protection

Touchpoint Shield™ is completely safe for humans.
It is non-toxic and its efficacy does not rely on any other chemicals, treatments or processes.

Touchpoint Shield™ acts directly on the pathogen cells. Therefore, it does not create an environment in which a virus or bacterium can mutate to create a resistant variant.

Touchpoint Shield™ also protects against odour-causing bacteria, so Touchpoint Shield™ maintains a hygienic and fresh surface.

The silver ions do not degrade. They go on working every second of every day, leaving the treated surface 99.99% free of harmful pathogens, including SARS-CoV-2.

 

Call us about ‘always on’ disinfection:
0800 668 1268

 

Where we apply Touchpoint Shield™

Touchpoint Shield™ is applied by our trained coating technicians in a two-stage process to deliver its long-lasting anti-microbial protection.

Firstly, we work with customers to identify which high-frequency touch points they want to protect.

High touchpoints protected by
Touchpoint Shield™
  • Door handles
  • Door push plates
  • Stair handrails
  • Equipment controls
  • Chairs, including seats, backrests and armrests
  • Vehicle door handles
  • Safety rails
  • Care home support rails
  • Public transport grab rails
  • Hand dryers
  • Toilet lids
  • Taps
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How we apply Touchpoint Shield™

Step 1

Surface preparation

All touch points selected to be coated are cleaned with a high-performance degreasing agent to ensure surfaces are clean and ready to be coated.

Step 2

Touchpoint Shield™ application

Our technicians are trained to ensure the optimum amount of the coating is applied. This maximises its effectiveness and controls customer costs.

Proving it works

Laser Testing

We understand you and your colleagues will want to be sure that Touchpoint Shield™ remains in place. Therefore, the coating contains an additive which reflects laser light. This allows us to carry out periodic tests, as part of on-going maintenance, by shining laser light onto the coated surface. This demonstrates Touchpoint Shield™ and its active silver ions continue to protect your workforce and customers.

 

Laboratory testing

As part of our service maintenance package, we can carry out laboratory testing of an agreed sample of coated surfaces to establish its bioburden. This hygiene monitoring will take place at locations of your choice. In this way, we will establish that the coating is still delivering extremely low bioburden levels, in line with expectations.

 

ATP Testing

We use laboratory testing instead of ATP testing because it is more accurate. ATP testing (either using bioluminescence light or digital readouts) can create positive results from both live or dead (and destroyed) microorganisms, and some wood products.

This can lead to false positive readings, because the test may react to dead or inert pathogens, rendered harmless by the action of Touchpoint Shield.  We recommend that ATP testing should be carried out as soon as a surface is cleaned at a time when any biofilm will have been removed. For more information on this topic, see our FAQ section.

Touchpoint Shield™ – scientific tests

Touchpoint Shield™ has been subject to multiple certified independent laboratory tests to establish its anti-viral and anti-bacterial effectiveness on porous and non-porous surfaces, as well as its safety.

 

They include:

ISO 21702: 2019 – Measurement of anti-viral (SARS-CoV-2) activity on plastics and other non-porous surfaces

ISO 18184: 2019 – Determination of anti-viral (SARS-CoV-2) activity of textile products

MOD ISO 20743 – Anti-bacterial activity on textiles

MOD ISO 22196 – Anti-bacterial activity on non-porous surface

Skin irritation protection – reconstructed epidermis test method to OECD Test Guideline 439

Fire retardancy test in accordance with BS 5852: 1979 Part 1

 

Test results

The tests showed Touchpoint Shield™:

  • Reduced SARS-CoV-2 on a non-porous surface by 99.6%
  • Reduced SARS-CoV-2 on a sofa textile by 99.99%
  • Reduced E coli bacteria on non-porous surfaces by 99.95%
  • Reduced Staph bacteria on non-porous surfaces by 99.94%
  • Reduced E coli on coated fabrics that had been washed 3 times by 99.99%
  • Is not a skin irritant
  • Passed furniture and furnishing fire safety regulations

Touchpoint Shield™
– key sectors

Touchpoint Shield technology is applicable in a wide range of sector where there is a need to reassure colleagues, customers and site visitors that all is being done to minimise microbial transmission risks.

  • Public transport
  • Offices
  • Logistics
  • Warehousing
  • Retail
  • Online fulfilment
  • Manufacturing
  • Hospitality and leisure
  • Restaurants
  • Residential care
  • Healthcare
  • Retail banking

Touchpoint Shield™
– the benefits

Touchpoint Shield™ delivers multiple benefits for businesses that adopt it, its employees, customers and the wider community. As such, it has major health and safety, commercial and environmental advantages.

Protection

Three years of peace of mind

Touchpoint Shield™ will provide enhanced protection for your colleagues and customers. It is proven to be effective against the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 and a wide range of other pathogens, including other viruses, bacteria, fungi, and mould. When applied to high touch point areas it goes on working 24 hours a day, seven days a week, greatly reducing the risk of potentially harmful microorganisms being present at high levels in between cleaning.

The coating is proven, durable and dependable. Once in place, it will continue to work with minimal maintenance. All you have to do is keep the treated surfaces clean in the usual way.

Assurance

Rebuilding confidence

Touchpoint Shield™ supports effective and smooth COVID-19 post-pandemic return to work plans by providing reassurance to colleagues that effective measures are in place to prevent the transmission of the virus and other pathogens.

It can play a key role in meeting heightened expectations around hygiene standards in the post-COVID-19 workplace and public spaces.

Wellbeing

Investing in staff and customers

Employee and customer wellbeing has grown in importance even without the pandemic.

A visible and long-term commitment (supported by stickers) to reduce health risks in the workplace and customer space is likely to be welcomed.

Where Touchpoint Shield™ is applied, it helps build trust by providing a fresh and clean start to each working day, as it goes on acting against bacteria and viruses 24/7 between cleans.

The science behind wellbeing

Touchpoint Shield™ provides a scientifically rigorous solution and the enhanced reassurance that customers want as the UK emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, says Steve Broughton, founder of SafeGroup, which is launching the product.

His degree in biology has given him a particular interest in the science behind cleaning and infection control technologies, and his personal research led him to the combined benefits of silver ions and ceramic coatings.

I was excited when I first saw the possibilities. It was like being back in the lab, looking down a microscope and making an important discovery.

“I wanted a solution that outperforms transitory disinfection sprays, that’s easy to apply, is always on and gives long-term peace of mind. I believe, with Touchpoint Shield, we’ve found it.

“COVID-19 has changed the hygiene landscape. Our customers want better technology and more certainty when dealing with viruses, bacteria and other microbial threats in work environments.

“It has to go hand-in-hand with protecting the wellbeing of staff and customers. So they’re happy to return to work and buying spaces, knowing that an organisation has gone to the next level to improve safety. Touchpoint Shield™ does both those things.

“We’re aware new technologies need explaining, which is why we’ve put together an extensive FAQ resource to give clear answers to questions about how Touchpoint Shield™ works. If you do not see your question answered, call us here at SafeGroup. We’d be happy to explain more.

“COVID-19 has changed the hygiene landscape. Our customers want better technology and more certainty when dealing with viruses, bacteria and other microbial threats in work environments.

“It has to go hand-in-hand with protecting the wellbeing of staff and customers. So they’re happy to return to work and buying spaces, knowing that an organisation has gone to the next level to improve safety. Touchpoint Shield™ does both those things.

We’re aware new technologies need explaining, which is why we’ve put together an extensive FAQ resource to give clear answers to questions about how Touchpoint Shield™ works. If you do not see your question answered, call us here at SafeGroup. We’d be happy to explain more.

Have questions?

Take a look at some of the frequently asked questions our customers have been asking us.

Silver ions disrupt and damage the cell walls of the bacteria and virus cell, stopping the growth of the cell. When this happens, the DNA or RNA is disrupted, preventing replication and the bacteria or virus can no longer produce energy and grow. This destroys the pathogen. Unlike traditional chemical cleaning agents, such as disinfectant, silver ions inhibit the growth of the microbes so they cannot survive.

The product and technology have been independently tested. The tests prove the efficacy of the product. Touchpoint Shield is proven to inhibit the growth of bacteria by up to 99.99%. Other harmful microorganisms such as viruses, fungi and moulds are also destroyed by this product, with the same level of efficacy.

The product has been utilised in treated areas for up to 3 years. As this is relatively new technology, the anticipated lifespan is currently up to 5 years. The coating becomes an integral part of the item that has been coated. It does not wear off or leach out. Superficial scratches can occur if the liquid glass coating is damaged by jewellery, and very abrasive materials, or harsh and abrasive cleaning products. Whilst this can mildly affect the aesthetic appearance of the coated item, this does not affect the performance of the silver ion technology.

 

Get in touch with SafeGroup

Call SafeGroup on 0800 668 1268, email [email protected] or complete the form below