About Antimicrobial Copper

About Antimicrobial Copper

Antimicrobial Copper is a class of copper-based alloys that continuously kill harmful [qtip:bacteria|Laboratory testing has shown that when cleaned regularly CuVerro® surfaces demonstrate effective antibacterial action against … MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus), Staphylococcus aureus, Enterobacter aerogenes, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Escherichia coli O157:H7,VRE (vancomycin resistant enterococci) …] 24 hours a day. These attractive, durable, and easy to maintain copper surfaces represent the only class of solid surface materials registered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to actively kill [qtip:bacteria|Laboratory testing has shown that when cleaned regularly CuVerro® surfaces demonstrate effective antibacterial action against … MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus), Staphylococcus aureus, Enterobacter aerogenes, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Escherichia coli O157:H7,VRE (vancomycin resistant enterococci) …].

 


Since ancient Egyptian times copper has been known to have inherent antimicrobial properties, but it was not until recently that testing was conducted to prove copper’s efficacy against bacteria. This testing included a representative panel of various copper alloys. Copper alloys are composed of copper and other metals; two well-known copper alloys are brass, which is commonly found in door hardware, and copper-nickels, which are in most coin stock. CuVerro® bactericidal copper alloys have been engineered for their strength, durability, and tarnish-resistance and will not oxidize and turn green like pure copper.

When cleaned regularly, Antimicrobial Copper alloys kill more than 99.9% of [qtip:bacteria|Laboratory testing has shown that when cleaned regularly CuVerro® surfaces demonstrate effective antibacterial action against … MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus), Staphylococcus aureus, Enterobacter aerogenes, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Escherichia coli O157:H7,VRE (vancomycin resistant enterococci) …] that cause hospital acquired infections (HAIs) within two hours of contact. Strict laboratory testing supporting the EPA registration has proven Antimicrobial Copper to be one of the most [qtip:effective|Laboratory testing has shown that when cleaned regularly CuVerro® surfaces demonstrate effective antibacterial action against … MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus), Staphylococcus aureus, Enterobacter aerogenes, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Escherichia coli O157:H7,VRE (vancomycin resistant enterococci) …] solid touch surface material and has sparked a global campaign advocating the use of these materials to supplement infection control in healthcare facilities, mass transit, educational institutions and beyond.

These characteristics make Antimicrobial Copper the most [qtip:effective|Laboratory testing has shown that when cleaned regularly CuVerro® surfaces demonstrate effective antibacterial action against … MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus), Staphylococcus aureus, Enterobacter aerogenes, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Escherichia coli O157:H7,VRE (vancomycin resistant enterococci) …] solid touch surface material: 

Continuously Kills [qtip:Bacteria|Laboratory testing has shown that when cleaned regularly CuVerro® surfaces demonstrate effective antibacterial action against … MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus), Staphylococcus aureus, Enterobacter aerogenes, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Escherichia coli O157:H7,VRE (vancomycin resistant enterococci) …]

  • Efficacy as an antimicrobial is proven far more effective than stainless steel or silver-containing coatings
  • Proven to continuously kill the [qtip:bacteria|Laboratory testing has shown that when cleaned regularly CuVerro® surfaces demonstrate effective antibacterial action against … MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus), Staphylococcus aureus, Enterobacter aerogenes, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Escherichia coli O157:H7,VRE (vancomycin resistant enterococci) …] that cause infections
  • The only solid metal antimicrobial touch surfaces registered by EPA 

Never Wears Out

  • Continuous and ongoing antimicrobial action
  • Remains effective even after repeated wet & dry abrasion and re-contamination
  • Natural tarnishing does not impair efficacy 

Solid Surface Alloy

  • Composed of at least 60% copper
  • Suitable alternative to other common materials
  • Available in a wide range of forms and finishes including sheet, strip, rod, and tube 

Safe to Use

  • Not harmful to people or the environment
  • Inherently antimicrobial, no chemicals added
  • Made from at least 80% recycled content and 100% recyclable 

Laboratory testing has shown that when cleaned regularly Antimicrobial Copper surfaces deliver continuous and ongoing [qtip:antibacterial|Laboratory testing has shown that when cleaned regularly CuVerro® surfaces demonstrate effective antibacterial action against … MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus), Staphylococcus aureus, Enterobacter aerogenes, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Escherichia coli O157:H7,VRE (vancomycin resistant enterococci) …] action, remaining effective in killing greater than 99.9% of [qtip:bacteria|Laboratory testing has shown that when cleaned regularly CuVerro® surfaces demonstrate effective antibacterial action against … MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus), Staphylococcus aureus, Enterobacter aerogenes, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Escherichia coli O157:H7,VRE (vancomycin resistant enterococci) …] within 2 hours, even after repeated contamination. For more information about the EPA tests, click here.

Why does CuVerro® use the term bactericidal instead of antimicrobial?

While “Antimicrobial Copper” is a commonly recognized name for EPA-registered copper alloys that kill bacteria, the term antimicrobial is misleading because many coatings and additives that claim to be antimicrobial do not actually kill bacteria. These coatings and additives only reduce odor, discoloration, or inhibit the growth of bacteria. While antimicrobial means to kill or inhibit, the term bactericidal literally means kill or destroy bacteria. CuVerro® bactericidal copper surfaces actually kill [qtip:bacteria|Laboratory testing has shown that when cleaned regularly CuVerro® surfaces demonstrate effective antibacterial action against … MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus), Staphylococcus aureus, Enterobacter aerogenes, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Escherichia coli O157:H7,VRE (vancomycin resistant enterococci) …] that cause HAIs and are registered with the EPA to make public health claims.