The Significance of Hygiene in Accessible Bathrooms: An Exploration of Antimicrobial Fixtures

The Significance of Hygiene in Accessible Bathrooms: An Exploration of Antimicrobial Fixtures

3.6 min readPublished On: October 25th, 2023By
3.6 min readPublished On: October 25th, 2023By
Korpinen Antimicrobial Fixtures

The importance of hygiene has been on a constant increase, this includes considering environments where accessibility is a priority, such as accessible bathrooms. As a leading antimicrobial additive supplier, BioCote® is proud to work with Korpinen, a Finnish pioneer in accessibility solutions. There are many factors to consider when creating products to enhance accessibility and to meet the many needs of the people who require it, and BioCote® antimicrobial solutions make a difference.

The Accessibility Revolution

At BioCote®, we recognise the role Korpinen has played in revolutionising bathroom designs with their undeniable commitment to accessibility. Their approach is based on the belief that everyone should have equal access to functional, aesthetically pleasing, and sustainable bathroom spaces. Inclusivity and equality are at the core of their philosophy, values that resonate with BioCote®.

“In an accessible bathroom, various gripping surfaces have been strategically designed to enhance stability and ease of movement. Unfortunately, these surfaces can accumulate microbes that can easily spread among surfaces. This is where Korpinen’s hygienic products come into play, effectively mitigating the transmission of microbes from bathroom fixtures. Certain Korpinen fixtures are equipped with a microbe-reducing antimicrobial feature, owed to the inclusion of silver. Extensively researched and proven, silver is a naturally antimicrobial substance that poses no harm to individuals once applied.” – Korpinen

The Hygiene Imperative

Access to clean and sanitary facilities is a fundamental human right (Article 11 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights or ICESCR, The Human Right to Sanitation). Hygiene plays a crucial role in maintaining the functionality of products and keeping unwanted microorganisms at bay. Healthcare settings must adhere to rigorous hygiene standards to ensure safety and peace of mind for patients and healthcare professionals. This is where BioCote® antimicrobial technology can be introduced during the manufacturing stage to complement existing cleaning protocols and reduce the chances of cross-contamination between surfaces.

The Role of Antimicrobial Fixtures

Antimicrobial fixtures have the ability enhance hygiene standards in accessible bathrooms. These fixtures are equipped with materials infused with antimicrobial agents, which inhibit the growth of microorganisms such as bacteria, mould, and fungi.

Here is why they are indispensable:

  • Reducing Cross-Contamination: Korpinen antimicrobial bathroom fixtures are highly effective in reducing the transmission of microorganisms as BioCote® technology can reduce up to 95% of microbes in just 20 minutes after contamination.
  • Long-Lasting Protection: BioCote technology is non-leaching, it is not able to wash off or wear-out and will last the lifetime of the product.
  • Easy Maintenance: BioCote® technology is the ideal solution by actively inhibiting microbes between regular cleaning regimes. There is no need for harsh chemicals and strenuous cleaning practices, humans can often miss spots when cleaning which is where BioCote® has the ability to prevent the spread of microbes.

Proven Antimicrobial Performance

  • BioCote® technology has been proven to reduce 96% of bacteria in a hospital environment.
  • In a nursing home, BioCote® technology has been confirmed to reduce bacteria by an impressive 95%.
  • In a recent case study conducted in a public bathroom, items with BioCote® protection showed zero microbial contamination.
Accessible Bathroom Hygiene

“Our antimicrobial surfaces have undergone rigorous testing and have been proven to eliminate 99.9% of microbes. These results align with ISO 22196 standards, meeting all required limits (JIS Z 2801). Products equipped with this tested and safe antimicrobial feature have earned the prestigious BioCote® proven partner certification.”Korpinen

Collaborative Innovation

Collaborating with brilliant brands to create products that not only surpass customer expectations, but tackle concerns they may not have realised had a credible solution, is a fundamental part of the journey towards antimicrobial features we take pride in at BioCote®. To ensure Korpinen products have efficient antimicrobial protection we at BioCote® arrange for the product to undergo rigorous testing at a third-party laboratory to identify its functionality and reliability, guaranteeing that each piece is a durable choice for accessible bathrooms.

BioCote® is proud to partner with Korpinen to help create products that are both inclusive and hygienic, setting standards in the healthcare industry to compliment cleaning practices by reducing the count of microorganisms on its surface between cleans.

If you are interested in the antimicrobial range of Korpinen, please visit their site here. To find out how to protect your own products with proven BioCote® antimicrobial technology, please do not hesitate to get in touch with a member of our team on +44 (0) 2477 712489. Alternatively, you can contact us here.

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