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We frequently depend on public transport to commute to and from work as well as travel for leisure – a staggering 22.7 million people use the UK’s transport network every day. It may come as no surprise, that high passenger traffic teamed with a multitude of common touchpoints means that there are plenty of bacteria crawling around.

Identifying microbial hotspots

Recently, there has been a lot of noise in the media about hygiene levels on public transport, as commonly shared areas such as handrails, seating and tables are not cleaned as often as they would require, potentially aiding cross-contamination.

A study published in the Journal of Applied Microbiology sampled 17 UK train stations over the course of a year, finding evidence that passengers are daily exposed to an amount of bacteria 13,800 times greater than that found in an average kitchen. Among the bacteria types found, Pseudomonas was identified, as were Staphylococcus spp. and the superbug MRSA, which were found in stations.

A previous study identified up to 121 different types of microbes in London’s transport network. Nine types of which are on the list of 12 drug resistant bacteria identified by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Samples were taken from common touch points such as door handles, grab rails and seats, where species such as E. coli or Salmonella, as well as other forms of mould and fungi were detected.

Two-fold approach to tackle hygiene issues

In conjunction with an enhanced cleaning regime and good hand hygiene, BioCote®antimicrobial technology can be manufactured into a wide range of products used in common touchpoint areas on public transport.

BioCote® additives contain active substances that are proven to reduce microbes, such as bacteria including multi drug resistant strains by up to 99.99%, reduce mould and fungi, and even deactivate influenza A H1N1 and reduce a strain of the coronavirus family by 90% in 2 hours on protected surfaces. Teamed with standard preventative measures such as cleaning and hand washing,antimicrobial technology can help to make the daily commute that much more hygienic.

How BioCote® can support you

BioCote® premium additives can be integrated into a wide range of materials, including polymers, silicones, powder coatings, liquid paints, ceramics and textiles. If you would like to learn more about our antimicrobial technology or if you are looking to make your products antimicrobial, please contact a member of the BioCote® team today on +44 (0) 2477 712 489 or email us at [email protected]. Alternatively, you can contact us via the form below.

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