School Case Study

Real-Life Case Study

Antimicrobial Technology in a School

At present, government guidelines recommend regular cleaning alone in order to prevent the spread of infections within schools; it is not unusual for schools to close due to a widespread bacteria outbreak. Beyond regular cleaning, little consideration has been given to alternate or non-traditional methods for limiting the potential for cross contamination within the learning environment.

In conjunction with our partners, BioCote® created the world’s first antimicrobial classroom. The study investigated the levels of bacteria recovered from the antimicrobial classroom and compared them against a standard classroom.

The two classrooms were chosen due to their similarities in use, location and demographics. One was completely refurbished with BioCote® protected products – from light switches and door handles to tables and chairs. The other classroom served as the control environment, using only standard yet comparable products. Bacterial levels were monitored across both classrooms over the period of an academic year.

The antimicrobial classroom saw a 96% reduction in bacteria when compared to the regular classroom, with all antimicrobial products harbouring significantly less bacteria than their standard counterparts. This classroom also reported an astonishing 20% reduction in pupil absenteeism over the course of the academic year.

This study demonstrates that the presence of BioCote® Antimicrobial Technology can significantly reduce the levels of bacteria on a commonly used surface, and so highlights a school as an ideal environment for the application of antimicrobial technology.

If you manufacture products and surfaces that are utilised in school environments, contact BioCote® today to find out how you can make them antimicrobial.

How Antimicrobial Technology Works

Antimicrobial additives are extremely diverse and control microbes via many different means. When used in the manufacture of products they create surfaces and materials inhospitable to microbes such as bacteria and mould. Find out more about how BioCote® additives work.

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