Copper is a powerful antimicrobial and clinical trials worldwide have confirmed the benefit of using touch surfaces made from copper and copper alloys to reduce microbial contamination and therefore the risk of acquiring infections.
It can be used in a wide range of applications where hygiene is important, such as touch surfaces, food preparation areas and heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems (HVAC) systems.
Touch Surfaces such as door handles, hand rails, light switches and sink areas in hospitals, schools, nurseries, day-care centres and in airports and train stations.
HVAC systems can contribute to sick building syndrome and can benefit from antimicrobial copper components such as cooling fins, filters and drip pans which would help prevent bacterial and fungal growth on damp internal surfaces
Hygienic surfaces for food preparation can be made using copper and its alloys.
Copper powder and copper alloy powders such as brass and bronze can be applied to a range of substrates and shapes by the technique of cold metal spraying. Ronald Britton supplies a range of powders for this application.