Over the past year BioClad has worked in conjunction with our long standing partners at BioCote, a leader in the field of antimicrobial technology, to create the world’s first antimicrobial classroom and the results are in!
The study was carried out in a UK primary school classroom due to the close-contact nature of children within a classroom environment, to monitor and understand exactly how effective antimicrobial technology is in achieving a safer and more hygienic environment.
Over the academic year contamination levels were monitored on specific objects, taking into account factor such as seasonality and how this correlates with pupil absences. The classrooms were cleaned as normal and swabs were collected before and after the school day and then processed in the microbiology laboratory. Data was simultaneously collected from an untreated classroom and comparatively the bacteria levels in these two classroom showed a dramatic difference.
The treated room was fully equipped with a range of products containing BioCote technology including BioClad’s PVC hygienic wall panels, computer desks, chairs, door handles, light switches, soap dispensers, cable trunking, sockets, tables, storage trays, bookcases, storage units, castors, carpets, radiator covers, window handles, paint and a water dispenser.
The results found an impressive 96% reduction of bacteria and no pathogenic bacteria were found in the antimicrobial classroom and there was a 20% reduction in absenteeism over the academic year.
Lindsay McKenzie, Managing Director at BioClad said: “We are proud to have been a part of such an interesting piece of research and we are grateful to the BioCote team for involving us. It’s been an exciting process from beginning to end and now the final results are in it is astounding to see just how vital antimicrobial technology is in the improvement of hygiene standards. By implementing the use of this technology across many sectors such as education, healthcare and business it could have many positive impacts such as an increase in work attendance as well as improving hygiene standards across the board in environments that need it the most.”