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Fusion energy research authority installs Touchpoint Shield™ to enhance COVID protection

The UK’s leading fusion energy research organisation is using new super-tough anti-microbial coating Touchpoint Shield™ to protect its scientists, engineers and support staff against contamination by COVID-19.

The UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) has commissioned bio-hazard cleaning and decontamination specialist SafeGroup to install Touchpoint Shield™ in washrooms and toilet areas.

Building managers at the authority’s research centre near Abingdon, Oxfordshire, were impressed with trials which proved the coating suppressed the build-up of SARS-Cov-2, the COVID-19 virus.

UKAEA’s iconic fusion energy machine JET - Touchpoint Shield

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Enhanced COVID-19 protection

A team of SafeGroup technicians has now applied the fast-drying and nearly invisible Touchpoint Shield™ to showers, toilets and taps at multiple locations across the 200-acre fusion energy research site.

The coating has been installed in time for the UKAEA to provide enhanced surface protection against the new Omicron COVID-19 variant.

Keith Musgrave, the UKAEA’s Head of Buildings and Facilities Management, said: “SafeGroup has worked with us to undergo pilot testing of Touchpoint Shield™ over a six-week period at the height of the pandemic.

“Following the results of controlled testing over several locations, the results were conclusive as to the coating’s effectiveness. Touchpoint Shield™ has now been applied to areas throughout the site.

“It is our intention to continue to add this process to our new builds and building refurbishment projects. The level of service from SafeGroup throughout the whole process has been efficient, collaborative and totally professional.”

touchpoint shield protection - application - wash basin tape
Touchpoint Shield™ is simple to apply and dries rapidly so facilities can be reopened quickly. All Touchpoint Shield™ technicians are trained to ensure the coating is applied properly and will provide long-term protection against micro-organisms, including SARS-CoV-2

Simple to install

Adam Clark, Building and Refurbishment Manager at the UKAEA, said: “Touchpoint Shield™ provides long-lasting anti-microbial protection on all surfaces while also making them so much easier to keep clean. Treated surfaces also look excellent.”

The UKAEA carries out fusion energy research on behalf of the UK Government.

Its Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE) is a global leader in fusion energy research which, if successful, will harness the power of the stars, including our Sun, to provide safe, sustainable, low-carbon energy.

Chris MacDonald, SafeGroup’s Business Strategy Director, who has been leading the Touchpoint Shield™ installation, said: “We’re very pleased to be able to support the UK Atomic Energy Authority in this way.

“With the spread of the Omicron COVID-19 variant, it is more important than ever to protect our working and living spaces against viral transmission. We must take a long view to beat the pandemic.

“Our work at the CCFE demonstrates how Touchpoint Shield™ is quick and simple to install and instantly begins to provide long-term, active protection against SARS-Cov-2 and a range of other pathogens.

“Uniquely, it combines proven effectiveness against the COVID-19 virus in a long-lasting, low-maintenance coating that, because it is transparent, doesn’t change the look or feel of treated surfaces.

“Installing Touchpoint Shield™ is a proven way to also directly address the heightened concerns employees have about workplace hygiene, supporting enhanced assurance, trust and wellbeing.”


Hygiene a top priority

Like many organisations, the UKAEA has been looking for effective ways to improve protection for its teams during the COVID-19 pandemic and has made Touchpoint Shield™ a key element of its enhanced hygiene strategy.

CCFE’s work is highly collaborative, with scientists and engineers visiting from around the world to work on highly complex experiments. Putting in place improved hygiene protection measures to allow this to continue has been a top priority for the authority.

The active anti-microbial agent in Touchpoint Shield™ is silver ions, which have long been proven to destroy many viruses, bacteria, mould, fungi and many parasites.

Independent laboratory tests, commissioned by SafeGroup, have proven Touchpoint Shield™ is 99+% effective against SARS-CoV-2 and other bugs that cause serious workplace illness, including the flu virus and Norovirus.

Before Application
After Application

Ultra-smooth and tough

The silver ions are added to liquid coating which is made from billions of nano-ceramic particles. It is these particles that make the coating ultra-smooth and tough, enhancing the look of treated surfaces and makes them easier to clean.

This is giving SafeGroup clients, including the UKAEA, the added advantage of making their cleaning regimes more productive.

SafeGroup is working with clients in a wide range of sectors to install Touchpoint Shield™, including manufacturing, retail, banking, commercial offices and hospitality.

Find out more about how Touchpoint Shield™ can enhance long-term COVID-19 and hygiene protection. Call 0800 668 1268.

touchpoint shield protection - after - wash basin tape
As a nearly invisible coating, it is difficult to tell when Touchpoint Shield™ has been applied, a characteristic valued by many clients. In most cases, however, it enhances the look of the surfaces it is applied to, and makes it easier to clean them, reducing cleaning times and costs.