PRO-SPORTS STADIUMS, ATHLETIC EQUIPMENT, CONCERT FACILITIES, RECREATION & COMMUNITY CENTERS, TENNIS COURTS ETC.
The Minnesota Superbowl presented a unique set of risks. With flu season in full force, the hundreds of people attending the game, as well as the players, coaches and staff were at an increased risk for contracting the flu and other bacterial diseases. With hundreds of thousands of people congregating to take part in interactive activities, autograph signings, and participating in the sports activities, these environments for both spectators and the athletes provides a perfect opportunity for the transmission of bacterial infections. The prolonged periods of sweating so often experienced by athletes during physical activity can also lead to the development of moisture-related skin damage and provide an ideal environment for the spread of microorganisms, ultimately facilitating infection.
Outbreaks of skin infections have been increasingly reported in close-contact sports such as football, rugby and wrestling and are usually acquired as a result of physical interactions between team players, sharing changing room facilities and even using contaminated equipment (e.g. headsets, practice gear, equipment). Bacteria commonly found in sporting environments capable of causing infection include Streptococcus and Staphylococcus aureus including the methicillin resistant Staph aureus (MRSA).
According to healthcare leaders across the globe, MRSA is one of the most dangerous Staphylococcal bacteria due to its worldwide notoriety as a ‘superbug’ and often symptomless presence in the human body. Infection can manifest as wounds, abscesses, sinusitis and even food poisoning. The impact of Staph infection on the sporting world has recently been brought to light after these infections have disabled some athletes, cutting short their careers, and the most severe cases have been fatal. Ricky Lannetti, a Division III all-American wide receiver at Lycoming College in Pennsylvania, died from a MRSA infection in 2003. Two seasons ago the Giants tight end Daniel Fells contracted MRSA in his lower leg and spent several tense weeks in a hospital as doctors contemplated amputating one of his feet. Fells retired from football 10 months later. In 2013, three Tampa Bay Buccaneers came down with the infection — two never returned to the field.
How can you protect your facility, athletes and spectators?
Although physical interaction in sport is unavoidable and spotless facilities are difficult to maintain, our antimicrobial technology can protect your professional athletes, your spectators and your staff to minimize their potential exposure to Staphylococcus and many other types of pathogenic bacteria.
Our certified technicians come into your sports facility and apply our antibacterial product on frequently touched surfaces, including stadium seats, handrails, locker rooms, equipment, hallways, food counters and team benches and areas. Our coating creates an invisible shield that inhibits the discoloration, deterioration and growth of odor causing bacteria and fungi on all of your facilities surfaces. Our product is a long lasting coating that continues to protect your spectators, athletes and facilities for many months, long after traditional disinfectants stop working.
Additionally, we supply you and your facility with advertising material including certificates and stickers, that indicates to your athletes, customers and staff that you are going above and beyond to protect their health and safety.
GYMS & CROSSFIT
PERSONAL GYMS, GYM EQUIPMENT, YOGA STUDIOS, GROUP FITNESS CENTRES
Going to the gym is meant to improve your health and well being, however, sometimes it may have the opposite effect. With sweaty members swapping machines and equipment, gyms can be a breeding ground for fungi, bacteria, and viruses. These high bacterial counts not only put your customers at risk for infections, illness and disease, they also increase the rate of discoloration and deterioration of your gym, exercise equipment and machines.
In a recent study, researchers found 25 different types of bacteria lurking in fitness centers, on everything from toilet handles to leg presses to elliptical trainers.
According to a recent study by FitRated.com, free weights have an average of more than 1.1 million colony-forming bacterial units per square inch. In comparison, the National Sanitation Foundation reports 172 CFU per square inch on a home toilet seat. Treadmills and stationary bikes were even worse offenders, with 7,752 times more bacteria than a home toilet seat.
Research conducted by Dr. Philip Tierno, director of Clinical Microbiology & Immunology at New York University and author of “The Secret Life Of Germs,” fitness centers are one of the most effective places for bacterial transmission and microbial growth. This transmission can cause all kinds of problems ranging from athlete’s foot to staph infections. Dr. Tierno’s laboratory examined samples of equipment used regularly in the gym. The results identified bacteria and fungi, such as staphylococcus aureus, Klebsiella, Enterobacter, and E. coli from swabbing frequently used gym equipment. For example, exercise medicine balls tested positive for MRSA — a strain of staph resistant to some antibiotics that is one of the most dangerous Staphylococcal bacteria due to its worldwide notoriety as a ‘superbug’ and often symptomless presence in the human body.
Additionally, ABC News Primetime conducted an undercover investigation of a number of gyms, swabbing everything from the free weights to the locker rooms — and found germs practically everywhere. On sets of dumbbells, they found staphylococcus, streptococcus viridans, diptheroids and e-coli — the most common bacteria in human feces. On an exercise bike, they found candida — the germ that causes yeast infections. Even more disturbing were the high quantities of E. coli that were detected on the shower floors and walls. Bacteria and germs thrive in these moist and humid environments and can proliferate to extremely high numbers.
HOW CAN YOU PROTECT YOUR CLIENTS, EQUIPMENT & STAFF?
Our certified technicians come into your facility and apply our antibacterial product on frequently touched surfaces in your gyms. Our coating creates an invisible shield that inhibits the discoloration, deterioration and growth of odor causing bacteria and fungi on all of your facilities surfaces. Our product is a long lasting coating that continues to protect your customers, machines and equipment long after traditional disinfectants stop working.
Additionally, we supply you and your gym with advertising material including certificates and stickers, that indicates to your clients and staff that you are going above and beyond to protect their health and safety. Not only are you improving the longevity of your gym equipment and facility, you are decreasing the potential for your clients or staff to contract and spread illness and bacteria.
HEALTHCARE & CLINICS
HOSPITALS, WAITING ROOMS, DENTAL PRACTICES, SURGERY CLINICS
Good hygiene is imperative in any healthcare environment. Whether it is a hospital, doctors surgery room or dental practice, high levels of patients and the close proximity of medically compromised individuals presents the ideal opportunity for potentially harmful bacteria to spread directly from person to person or via contaminated surfaces.
The rise of antibiotic resistant bacteria is increasingly prevalent and continues to threaten the health of the global population.
It is estimated that antibiotic resistant bacteria – MRSA and CRE Klebsiella pneumoniae for instance, often associated with Healthcare environments – could cost the global economy $100 trillion by the year 2050 and result in 10 million deaths. This is putting immense pressure on healthcare providers and global economies.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates 1 in 20 patients will contract a Healthcare Associated Infection (HAI) EVERY SINGLE DAY, which is estimated to cost the healthcare system over $35.7 billion a year and causes about 99,000 deaths each year. Hospitals and healthcare facilities are a tremendous breeding ground for infections.
Current sterilization practices sanitize surfaces for a few seconds, but once the disinfectant dries it stops working, quickly allowing for bacteria to return to unsafe levels. The most commonly used solution are disinfectant that use a “kill-field” created by a chemical-leaching process that uses toxins to poison the harmful microbes and render them harmless. The use of a toxin-based process can create microbial resistance (what we know as “Superbugs” that are resistant to the toxin) because as the chemical toxins become less concentrated, the bacteria can develop an adaptation to the weaker strain of toxin and become immune to it in larger doses. In many ways a straight chemical cure to inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria may do more harm than good. None of the current methods of sterilization presently on the market employ a technology that creates a long lasting covalent bond on the surface to maintain the equipment’s or surfaces antimicrobial properties for many months.
HOW CAN YOU PROTECT YOUR PATIENTS & MEDICAL STAFF?
Our antimicrobial technicians come into your healthcare center and coat your surfaces with our technology to provide integrated and lasting hygienic protection to any product used within healthcare environments. Our antimicrobial technology has been proven effective against antibiotic resistant bacteria and at reducing the numbers of bacteria found within real-life healthcare environments. Our antimicrobial applications to your healthcare facility help to reduce the bacterial counts on all surfaces and serve to complement and increase the stringent hygiene principles that are required in this sector. Our coating provides effective and long term protection against a broad spectrum of microbes, as well as the growth of fungus and mold by up to 99.99%.
Therefore, any healthcare environment that incorporates our antimicrobial protected products is clearly demonstrating to patients and visitors alike that it truly cares and is mindful of the threat posed by bacteria.
DAYCARES, KIDS PLAY CENTERS, UNIVERSITIES & COLLEGES, PRIVATE/PUBLIC SCHOOLS
The close proximity of children, their poor hygiene practices and the extended periods of time spent in the classroom creates the perfect environment for microbes, such as bacteria, to pass quickly and easily between students. This can often result in bacterial infections, causing absenteeism, interrupting learning and costing the economy and student's their education and health.
At present, government guidelines recommend regular cleaning to minimize the spread of infection in schools. However, beyond regular cleaning, little consideration has been given to alternate or non-traditional methods for limiting the potential for cross contamination, sickness and disease spread within the learning and daycare environments.
HOW CAN YOU PROTECT YOUR STUDENTS, FACULTY AND STAFF?
Our specialized technicians apply our water-based antimicrobial technology to frequently touched surfaces in your daycare, classrooms, lunch rooms, lockers, lecture halls, dormitories, etc. to protect them from the growth of bacteria, fungus and mold. Our technology is effective against a multitude of unpleasant and potentially illness-causing bacteria and it has been proven to work in a real-life school environment, whereby pupil absenteeism due to sickness decreased by a staggering 20%. Not only does this protect your children and staff from contracting illnesses, it also decreases the deterioration of your facilities surfaces, prolonging their life.
After your facility is treated, we provide you with advertising material to indicate to your students, their parents and your staff that you are going above and beyond to protect them from illnesses, infections and disease spread.
COMMERCIAL OFFICES, MEETING ROOMS, CONFERENCE ROOMS, OFFICE KITCHENS, DESKS
Having a clean office is important for not only the aesthetic value, but is also affects a businesses bottom line and costs. According to a recent survey conducted by the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD), the average level of sickness absence in 2015 was 6.9 working days, costing businesses an estimated $830.00 per employee. At first thought, this figure may not seem particularly alarming. However, base that on a business with as few as twenty operatives, and you could be looking at an additional cost absorption of over $16,000 per year. According to a study by Gallup and Healthways, the cost of sick days on the U.S. economy can be as much as $84 billion each year.
Influenza is responsible for approximately 200 million days of reduced productivity and 75 million days of work absence annually. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that in order to stop the spread of influenza at work, cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and objects that may be contaminated are essential.
Some of the worst places for germs in offices are bathrooms, snack rooms and kitchens, and desks. On average, toilet seats have approximately 49 germs per square inch and office bathrooms were found to contain E. coli and fecal toxins that can cause horrible stomach and intestine illness. In 2012, Kimberly-Clark Professional conducted a comprehensive study on “hotspots” where germs can be found in the workplace. They discovered that “office workers are potentially being exposed to illness-causing bacteria right in their own lunchrooms.” High levels of contamination were found on:
75 percent of break room sink faucet handles
69 percent of refrigerator door handles
48 percent of microwave door handles
48 percent of all coffee pots and dispensers
21 percent of vending machine buttons
The CDC estimates that contact contaminated surfaces and direct human contact are the culprit of the spread of up to 80 percent of all infections. In the workplace, people touch as many as 30 objects every 60 seconds! The study by Kimberly-Clark Professional found that desks and telephones are key transfer points for germs because employees touch them so frequently. Computer keyboard germs are rampent – as many as 9800 germs per square inch! That is 200 times more bacteria than on a toilet seat!
HOW CAN YOU PROTECT YOUR EMPLOYEES & THE PRODUCTIVITY OF YOUR BUSINESS?
Our certified technicians come into your office and treat frequently touched surfaces with our innovative antimicrobial technology. Our coating prohibits bacteria, mold, fungus and yeast from ever attaching or growing on those surfaces. Our services will help keep your office staff healthy and productive by reducing illnesses and lost time from work due to airborne and surface contracted viruses.
Our services can be completed in as little at 60 minutes to avoid office disruption, and will protect your offices most vulnerable areas, including the bathrooms, kitchens, desks and common areas. We also provide your business with advertising material so that you can show your clients and employees that you go above and beyond to protect their health and safety.
LONG-TERM CARE HOMES
Influenza and pneumonia combined add up to the sixth leading cause of death in America — 90% of these in senior adults according to the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).
According to the CDC, elderly long-range care facilities have proven that bacteria, viruses and fungi are routinely transferred directly from contaminated surfaces to patients or residents. Nurse’s and caregiver’s hands can quickly contaminate any surface and equipment that they touch. Once contamination is found, it costs tens of thousands of dollars to correct.
HOW CAN YOU PROTECT YOUR SENIOR LIVING HOME?
To protect this vulnerable population, measures have to be taken to decrease the presence of bacteria on surfaces to decrease the chances that they are passed between seniors or staff. Our antimicrobial technologists can coat your long-term care facility in under 60 minutes to prevent disturbance to your clients or staff. After one application, the frequently touched surfaces in your facility will be protected from bacteria, fungi and mold growth for up to 3 months. Take the extra step to protect your seniors, and be able to demonstrate to your current and potential clients that you go above and beyond to protect their health. With our service we provide a certificate and advertising material to demonstrate your commitment to your future and current clients health.
NAIL SALONS, TANNING SALONS, HAIR SALONS
The top ten rated tanning salons located in New York City were tested for their microbiologic environment by testing cultures from the tanning beds. Specimens were obtained using one sterile swab pre-moistened with non-bacteriostatic sterile saline solution. Samples were taken from the middle portion of a tanning unit in each salon where skin contact typically occurs.
The study revealed that cultures of all the salons tested grew out pathogens. Of the ten establishments tested, five organisms were isolated from one site, four from one site, three from five sites, two from two sites, and one salon had one isolated organism. The most commonly found pathogens were: Pseudomonas spp., Bacillus spp., Klebsiella pneumonia, Enterococcus spp., Staphylococcus aureus, and Enterobacter cloacae. All of the pathogens found in this study have been associated with serious skin infections.
Nail salons are also 'hotbeds' for bacterial and fungus growth. If nail salons don’t properly disinfect and clean their tools, manicure stations and pedicure baths, they can become breeding grounds for various diseases like Hepatitis B, MRSA, Staph and bacterial and viral infections.
HOW CAN YOU PROTECT YOUR CLIENTS?
Our certified technicians come into your salon and apply our antibacterial product on your salon tools, manicure and pedicure stations, floors and counters. Our coating creates an invisible shield that inhibits the discoloration, deterioration and growth of harmful and odor-causing bacteria, fungi, viruses and yeast on all of your salon's surfaces. Our product is a long lasting coating that continues to protect your customers, salon and salon tools long after traditional disinfectants stop working.
Additionally, we supply your salon with advertising material including certificates and stickers, that indicates to your clients and staff that you are going above and beyond to protect their health and safety. Not only are you improving the longevity of your salon tools and facility, you are decreasing the potential for your clients or staff to contract and spread illness and bacteria.
AIRPORTS & TRANSIT SYSTEMS
AIRPORTS, SUBWAYS SYSTEMS, BUSES, PORTS
Air travel is one of the top ways to increase your chances of getting sick. From airport lounges, to security bins and finally plane seats and trays, you might be surprised to learn that the bathrooms can be one of the cleanest places travelers encounter during their trips. Recently, three flights of passengers had to be quarantined post-flight due to a host of reported flu-like symptoms. The increasing number of these types of incidences has highlighted the severity and importance of airport cleanliness in protecting both our travelers and our countries from disease, illness and outbreaks.
A recent investigation swabbed everything from TSA bins at the airport security checkpoint to the armrest, seat belts and tray tables on the planes to check for bacteria that could potentially make people sick. A device was used to measure in real-time the bacterial counts, where any score under 100 is considered a fail due to high levels of bacterial contamination. TSA bins registered a 616 on the meter and were found to have E. Coli, klebsiella and acinetobacter. Next up were surfaces on the plane. The armrests registered a 429 reading on the germ meter, the buckle on a seat belt a 589, and the tray tables a sky-high 1,688, with the seat belt also testing positive for acinetobacter, a superbug that can cause diseases such as pneumonia and meningitis. One tray table even contained the bacteria pseudomonas and stenotrophomonas.
These are highly pathogenic bacteria cause severe infection if they come into contact with your eyes or an open cut. Worse still is that they are more difficult to treat with antibiotics, which makes them even more concerning for our healthcare systems and citizens.
HOW CAN YOU PROTECT TRAVELERS, AIRPORTS AND TRANSIT SYSTEMS?
As an airport or transit system, you can ensure that the surfaces that are most frequently touched by travelers from around the world remain bacteria-free. Our certified technicians come into your airport or transit system and apply our antibacterial product on your airport facilities, planes and subway floors, tables, seats, trays, handles and waiting areas to ensure that bacteria will never attach. Our coating creates an invisible shield that inhibits the discoloration, deterioration and growth of bacteria, odor causing bacteria and fungi on all of these surfaces. Our product is a long lasting coating that continues to protect your travelers and staff long after traditional disinfectants stop working.
Additionally, we supply your airport or transit system with advertising material including certificates and stickers, that indicate to your customers and staff that you are going above and beyond to protect their health and safety. Not only are you improving the longevity of your facility and equipment, you are decreasing the potential for your travelers and staff to contract and spread illness and bacteria.
PET GROOMING, KENNELS, PET DAYCARE, PET PLAY CENTERS
There is nothing more fun then planning a vacation and knowing that your best friend (pup or kitty) has a safe place to stay. Whether it's a few hours for daycare, or days for a trip, pet facilities provide you the peace of mind that your pet is safe and happy. But once you look further into pet daycare centers, the prevalence of potential disease and bacteria can be alarming. The following diseases have been identified as inherent risks at per facilities:
• Para-Influenza (dogs)
• Distemper (both dogs and cats)
• Hepatitis (dogs)
• Leptosirisos (dogs)
• Respiratory Bordetella (dogs)
• Both Canine Influenzas – American Dog Flu, H3N8 and Korean Dog Flu H3N2
HOW CAN YOU PROTECT YOUR PETS AND KEEP THEIR OWNERS HAPPY?
As a pet facility you can ensure that your pet visitors stay healthy and your clients stay happy. Our certified technicians come into your pet facility and apply our antibacterial product on your facilities floors, kennels, play areas and equipment. Our coating creates an invisible shield that inhibits the discoloration, deterioration and growth of bacteria, odor causing bacteria and fungi on all of your facilities surfaces. Our product is a long lasting coating that continues to protect your pets long after traditional disinfectants stop working.
Additionally, we supply your pet facility with advertising material including certificates and stickers, that indicate to your clients and staff that you are going above and beyond to protect the health and safety of their pets. Not only are you improving the longevity of your facility and equipment, you are decreasing the potential for your pets and staff to contract and spread illness and bacteria.