How Can Antimicrobial Door Openers Keep You Safe?

October 19th, 2020 | Product Updates, Retail News

During times of a public health crisis, it’s important for all businesses to be aware of safe hygienic practices. This is important when it comes to restricting the spread of viruses and bacteria, but also proves to your staff and customers that you value their personal health.

While you should already have some safety measures in place, there might be some aspects of hygiene in your workplace that you’ve overlooked. You might be wondering if there are any other ways to minimise the risks associated with the current Covid-19 pandemic.

Keeping your workplace clean

There are many surfaces in workplaces that are classed as high touch points. These are things such as door handles, elevator buttons, and equipment that is shared between different members of staff or members of the public, and the surfaces can contain various types of dangerous and highly infectious bacteria or viruses. These are things like e-coli, the common cold, the flu virus, norovirus, and coronavirus.

In 2013, the University of Arizona published a study proving that a single contaminated door handle could infect up to 60% of a building’s occupants within 4 hours. In another study, swabs were taken from 100 different door handles in a hospital (including wards, offices and bathrooms among different departments). The results showed that most of the tested swabs contained MRSA – a type of bacteria that is resistant to most medicine.

Due to the global health crisis in 2020, infection control has undertaken major improvements in society as a whole, but there are always improvements that can be made. This is particularly evident by the way that viruses such as the common cold spread each year. 

Studies like the ones mentioned in the article, plus the current pandemic, has brought the importance of updating safety protocol to the forefront. If you or your employees work in an environment with heavy footfall and high touch points, you should consider providing certain tools like antimicrobial ID card holders to help prevent the spread of infectious diseases.

blue antimicrobial single sided card holder

How do antimicrobial materials help prevent the spread of diseases?

Often used in the production of high touch products, antimicrobial materials restrict the growth and reproduction of dangerous bacteria and viruses on items that we frequently touch, hold, and place onto potentially contaminated surfaces.

There are different types of antimicrobial materials. Most manufactured products are made antimicrobial by a coating placed on top of the original material. The coating is made up of a chemical compound that is toxic to microorganisms.

Another type of antimicrobial materials is the kind that appears naturally. Certain metals are copper and all its alloys contain naturally antimicrobial properties. Brass, bronze, and copper-nickel are all antimicrobial materials, and they work by killing all bacteria and viruses that land on the surface. This happens rapidly, often within two hours, and has a high rate of efficiency.

Research suggests that replacing high touch points – such as door handles – with copper materials or its alloys could reduce the rate of reinfection by as much as 58%.

How can zero touch brass door openers help?

Replacing high touch points can be expensive, so instead, you can use certain tools to reduce contact with those areas. Avoid touching door handles by using a contactless door opener tool made from antimicrobial brass. It features a stylus on the end of the hook, perfect for pressing buttons in elevators, on access control keypads, or at ATMs.

The hands free door opener features a finger loop to make it easy to use and comfortable to hold. There are two ways to attach it to your belongings – via the eyelet at the top, perfect for fastening onto key rings, or with the heavy duty badge reel (included in the price) that can be clipped onto clothing.

Our door opener stylus tools are perfect for use in environments that see a high amount of traffic – including bathrooms, front entrances, or kitchens – and they can be used by all companies, across a wide range of industries.

Who can benefit from no touch door opener tools?

If you’re looking for a way to show that you’ve covered all bases when it comes to personal safety, antimicrobial door openers are perfect. Those who work in retail may find the tool helpful due to the public-facing nature of their jobs. It can be difficult to keep track of personal hygiene in such a high traffic environment, but with a tool like this, you can cut down on the risk of potentially getting infected by any bacteria or viruses.

In an education setting, both staff and students could benefit from a contactless door opener. Schools, universities and colleges often see a huge amount of footfall spread across a larger campus area, and teachers and students have to use classrooms in different ends of the building with a new bubble of people. Using antimicrobial door openers would assist in preventing the spread of diseases in situations like this.

Employees who work in warehouse and transport will be aware of the potential of hundreds of individuals using the same clock in machine and equipment. The stylus at the end of the door opener would reduce contact with keypads and introduce a feel of safety.

Offices have many high touch points. Any internal doors contain high touch points, but also ones that might not be considered – kettles, fridge doors, and coffee machines are just some of them. However, using an antimicrobial door opener on high touch points like bathroom door handles would cut out the potential of contaminating those surfaces, and thus lead to a decrease of spreading germs to less-recognised high tough points.

In healthcare, health and hygiene is priority, so these brass door openers are the perfect tool to help with that. Using these tools would prevent the spread of bacteria and viruses when staff members have to visit different wards, and would decrease the amount of infections vulnerable patients pick up.

We care about your safety

At Reward-It, we’ve been providing companies with our service for over a decade. That means we’ve seen the vast amount of businesses out there and recognise that they come in all different shapes and sizes, so we’ve made our contactless door opener tools available in single units. You can purchase as many or as few as you might need – there’s no limit. When you come to us, you can be sure that all our products are made out of the highest quality materials possible.

You can find our antimicrobial door opener tool here.

Written by Lucy Wenham

Lucy is a customer loyalty expert, with experience in loyalty schemes for small independent stores, right through to our town and city-wide loyalty schemes.

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