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MicroGuard™ Antimicrobial Copper Overview

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has registered MicroGuard antimicrobial copper alloys with public health claims. Safe to use, MicroGuard is the first solid touch surface material to be registered with public health claims. Stringent testing based on Good Laboratory Practice standards showed that clean MicroGuard surfaces kill 99.9% of infectious bacteria* including MRSA and VRE within two hours of exposure.

After more than four years of research and development, PMX is pleased to introduce a portfolio of MicroGuard antimicrobial copper alloys that has been designed for touch surfaces in hospitals, schools, hotels, public and residential buildings. MicroGuard surfaces continuously reduce microbial burden* remaining effective in killing bacteria* even after repeated contamination.

MicroGuard alloys were developed by combining the active ingredient of copper with other durable metals to produce attractive, structurally strong antibacterial alloys. MicroGuard antimicrobial copper alloys are engineered materials with a unique combination of properties that can be used to kill disease-causing bacteria*. Unlike a coating, the antimicrobial efficacy of MicroGuard alloys will not wear away, but will last for the life of the product. Download the MicroGuard Antimicrobial Copper Alloy Guide to review the physical and chemical properties of the various MicroGuard copper alloys.

Available in many finishes and textures, MicroGuard antimicrobial copper alloys are approved for numerous touch surfaces in all types of public and residential buildings. Strong as most stainless steels, our MicroGuard alloys actually look similar to stainless steel.

MicroGuard antimicrobial copper alloys do not contain hazardous metals such as lead, cadmium, arsenic, or hexavalent chromium. Depending on the specific alloy, all of our MicroGuard materials contain between 35% and l00% of recycled content. These are some of the factors that establish our operation as a very sustainable process that protects the health and safety of our employees and reduces environmental impacts.

Typical MicroGuard Antimicrobial Copper Applications

The EPA has registered MicroGuard alloys for over 100 touch surface applications including those listed below:

  • Hospital bedrails and footboards
  • Medical IV stands
  • Grab bars
  • Carts
  • Handrails
  • Elevators
  • Door knobs and handles
  • Door push plates and kick plates
  • Light switches and plates
  • Faucets
  • Countertops and tabletops

The EPA Stewardship Program is administered by the Copper Development Association.

*Testing demonstrates effective antibacterial activity against Staphylococcus aureus, Enterobacter aerogenes, Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Escherichia coli O157:H7, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecalis (VRE). MicroGuard touch surfaces reduce microbial contamination, but do not necessarily prevent cross contamination.

Kills MRSA

Treating MRSA costs billions of dollars annually. MicroGuard touch surfaces kill 99.9% of MRSA within two hours. Contact us for more information or review our FAQs.

MicroGuard can be used for bed rails, IV poles, grab bars, and hand railing.

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