Industry Applications

Our products and solutions are utilised successfully within multiple different industries and sectors allowing us to create a tailor-made solution for your business based on our knowledge of the challenges faced by each industry and the well-known evidence-based strategies to mitigate those challenges.

Healthcare

Managing air quality and surface hygiene in hospitals can be challenging due to the wide range of pollutants — like pathogens, chemical compounds, and dust. It is therefore vital to have a robust decontamination procedure within the health care environment. Which includes cleaning, disinfection and monitoring of air quality.

The disinfecting of all surfaces in hospitals is important for the control of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) and other hospital-acquired infections transmitted via touch, as well as the reduction of the in hospital spread of coronavirus by already contaminated patients.

Air quality within hospitals and care homes has a much more important role than just the promotion of comfort. Studies show that patients in high air quality and controlled environments generally have more rapid physical improvement than do those in uncontrolled or low air quality environments. Air quality at hospitals needs special attention and maintenance to prevent infections from spreading. It is estimated that 50% of all illnesses are either caused by, or aggravated by, polluted indoor air.

Unfortunately, the cost of not properly managing the surface and air hygiene can be steep and, in some cases, it may have negative health impacts on patients and staff.

Permanent antimicrobial surface hygiene does not only address the time, cost and efficiency issue, it removes the secondary threat of having to use disinfectants with harmful chemicals within environments harbouring the already vulnerable.

Having a medical grade air purifier within a healthcare setting allows you to monitor the air in real time, take immediate and automatic action against any sudden increases in chemical contamination in the air, and it allows patients and care users to experience a pure and fresh air environment, free of pollutants, chemicals, pathogens, and fine particles.

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Hospitality

Hospitality is one of the sectors that has been most affected by the pandemic. Now more than ever, when choosing accommodation and places to visit, consumers are watching out for organisations showing visible commitments to clean and safe environments. Tangible proof of hygiene compliance has become a real deciding factor when entering, visiting and especially staying at a location.

Cleanliness has always been a priority within tourist locations, hotels, lodges, and resorts. In a post pandemic world, they will be facing elevated levels of scrutiny. Meeting the highest cleanliness standards and proactively communicating this with guests prior to arrival will be key to guest satisfaction.

Traditional cleaning methods will have to be looked at, and ways to mitigate the increased cleaning costs are vital.

In terms of indoor air quality, guests are demanding more and more comfort. There is more of an understanding of needing to breathe fresh and clean air, especially in bigger cities which are highly polluted, as well as airports and high transport areas. Therefore, there is a new movement within hotel chains to create brands of wellness rooms or floors of rooms that have high quality air purification and hygiene. This trend is set to continue in a post pandemic world as consumers become more and more aware of the importance of good indoor air quality and surface hygiene.

In an already highly competitive sector, businesses are surpassing their competition with medical grade air quality within their premises and advertising improved comfort and wellness. Permanent antimicrobial coating drastically reduces the cost of repeat disinfection and facilitates cleaning by getting rid of bacterial odours, mould, and fungal growth, and lessens the chance of hard to remove stains bonding to the surface. With our I-Care certificate and seal, businesses can advertise to their customers that they are going above and beyond to ensure their health and wellness is catered to.

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Office

Workplaces have been recognised as high-risk environments during outbreaks such as coronavirus. A key part of protecting workers, their families and the community is Identifying, understanding, and implementing effective workplace infection prevention and control measures.

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the challenges of communal workspaces in the context of the transmission of infectious diseases.

Before the current pandemic, there was mounting evidence that we needed more actions to be taken to keep communal workspaces free from the spread of germs and infectious diseases. In a post pandemic world, improved surface hygiene and air quality will be of higher importance than ever.

Office staff regularly spend long periods of time working in close quarters, usually without washing hands or sanitising regularly enough. Cleaning staff and disinfectant teams cannot be there throughout the day to continually sanitise all surfaces. This is where permanently antimicrobial coating is at its most effective. Once coated, all surfaces take on self-sanitising properties and continually kill pathogens that encounter surfaces.

When it comes to air quality, poor air environments can have a detrimental effect on health and productivity. Good Indoor air quality is a key component in a healthy office environment. Unfortunately, as modern buildings have become more aesthetically pleasing, they have also become more airtight, enhancing the chances of poor air circulation. These effects can cause uncomfortable working environments, allergic reactions, eye and throat irritation and physical fatigue.

Our medical grade purifiers create an environment of enhanced wellbeing and removes pollutants, allergens, VOCs and reduces the chances of aerial bacterial and viral infection.

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Leisure

As sports, leisure and gym venues are reopening their doors to the public, instilling consumer confidence will be a key part of their reopening strategies.

Even before the pandemic, leisure facilities like gyms were known as areas where germs can be spread easily. In a recent study, researchers found fungal infections, drug-resistant bacteria, flu virus and other pathogens on about 25 percent of the surfaces they tested in four different sports facilities.

Within these environments, a high quantity of people exercising and sweating in close proximity, shared equipment, differing personal hygiene standards, closed spaces and higher potential for cuts and minor injuries, creates ideal conditions for communicable diseases to spread easily.

Although robust cleaning and disinfecting measures as well as facility users doing their part to clean has proved somewhat effective, the additional costs and time taken is not as efficient and proactive as applying permanent antimicrobial coating on surfaces. The self-disinfecting mechanism in our coating is perfect for high traffic high touch environments. Clients will have the added confidence that the venue is meeting the highest possible standards for surface hygiene and benefit from continual protection.

Our medical grade air purifiers provide facilities with the opportunity to assess environmental air quality within their premises. Creating a pure air environment cannot just reduce the spread of germs but can impact on wellness and enhance physical performance.

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Public Sector

Public services including Government buildings, Libraries, learning centres, Government hospitals, adult social care, children’s care, schools, and emergency services such as police, criminal courts and prisons are all at the frontline during the course of this pandemic. With staff continually serving the public and going the extra mile in sometimes very challenging circumstances. Putting themselves at more increased risk of infection.

It is almost impossible for government to comprehensively prepare for every possible scenario, certainly when it comes to outbreak response and especially when trying to balance funding current priorities against proactively trying to mitigate against future emergencies.

But there are many cost-effective yet practical measures that government institutions can take to prevent a repeat of the current pandemic, both in relation to their policies and in relation to hygiene measures within their buildings.

Air quality and surface hygiene are important in government buildings that are accessible to the public as they have a large demographic to serve. Permanent Antimicrobial coating is a cost effective and very proactive measure that can be taken to mitigate the risks associated with surface contamination in high traffic areas. Medical grade air purifiers are critical in the reduction of aerial transmission in areas where social distancing is impossible.

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Education

Measures taken within the education sector can prevent the entry and spread of diseases like coronavirus. In Universities, Colleges, Schools, Nurseries and play centres, staff and children are less likely to self-distance and more likely to congregate and play in close quarters and touch the same surfaces, because of this, strict measures have to be taken for infection prevention, and cleaning procedures in this sector have proven to be time consuming if not costly.

Great indoor air quality is highly recommended for keeping students and staff safe from air borne health threats. During the pandemic the conversation has been largely about preventing the spread of COVID-19, but in a post pandemic world, creating clean, fresh air for students in order to further ensure their success should be on the agenda.

The education sector continually faces the ongoing challenge of maintaining the highest level of hygiene. Teachers and parents alike are extremely concerned about the safety of themselves and the pupils and many are nervous about return to the classroom and staying there during periods where cases are high.

Institutions can ease these concerns by implementing the highest quality hygiene measures such as permanent antimicrobial coating and medical grade air purifiers to give staff and students peace of mind and the very best chance to learn and teach in an environment that is as germ free as possible.

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Entertainment venues

The entertainment and events industries have forever been changed by the global pandemic. Mitigating the spread of infectious diseases has become a routine part of planning large gatherings in both private and public spaces.

Some of the complex scenarios to plan for involve multiple people congregated in an outdoor or indoor environment, large queues, lodging, ticket distribution, organising staff and security, and general health and safety.

Large gatherings such as at theatres conferences, trade shows, sporting events, soft play centres, festivals, concerts, church auditoriums or large weddings and parties, create scenarios for close contact and exhibit multiple communal surfaces, allowing pathogens to easily spread, there are also huge challenges faced when it comes to regular cleaning.

Event and facility managers can stay ahead of the curve by implementing cleaning practices and technologies that not only remove dirt and bacteria, but can proactively protect against viruses such as coronavirus.

Medical grade air purifiers for indoor events can be vital in the combat against the spread of airborne pollutants, as well as filter out bacterial odours, dust and other fine particles, creating a fresh air and a more pleasant atmosphere.

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Food and Drink

Food safety and hygiene within the food and drink industry is nothing new, but the current pandemic has intensified previous concerns and levels of scrutiny. As well as the safety surrounding food and its consumption, maintaining high levels of cleanliness within the whole premises is now key.

When planning re-opening from lockdowns, Restaurant operators have to focus on relieving customer concerns surrounding hygiene and cleanliness and a key factor is protecting and disinfect surfaces properly. The most effective strategy is to establish a culture of proactive sanitation rather than waiting until you suspect signs of contamination.

Unfortunately, little of the hygiene conversation includes discussion on indoor air quality, which shouldn’t be ignored as food and drink premises look to establish effective health and safety strategies. Luckily, the task of improving air quality doesn’t need to be very complicated. As our 8 stage filtration air purifiers take care of multiple different contaminants within one device. From viruses such as coronavirus, to bacteria, odours, chemical pollution, fumes, dust particles and allergens, we can help you create a 24/7 pure air environment for your customers and advertise these benefits to customers with our certification.

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Retail

Even before the current pandemic, the face of retail had been changing. As we have seen a drastic decline in the high street, retail operators have been forced to come up with inventive ways to drive traffic through their doors and increase consumer confidence. Now with the added challenge of a post pandemic mentality of increased scrutiny on hygiene measures, there is fierce competition between retailers to prove they are going above and beyond.

Unhygienic and poorly maintained stores, especially areas like washrooms, have been found to have a negative effect on judgement, and also reduce the willingness to purchase products. In a study, 66% of shoppers admitted that they would reduce the amount of time they spend in a shop to avoid unacceptable hygiene. In an industry where attracting and retaining customers is critical, the impact of perceived poor hygiene can be damaging.

Retailers are undertaking stringent hygiene measures within their stores to protect customers and staff and limit the chances of spreading viruses. These measures have proved to be effective but not 100% efficient or cost effective. Cleaners cannot be there 24/7 or after every new customer enters the store potentially introducing new pathogens, and traditional disinfection measures only address the bacteria and viruses that are present on a surface at any given time. Our permanent antimicrobial coating solution gives you the highest possible chance of eliminating surface bacteria and viruses, but on a continuous basis. Showcasing that you have this technology at your premises with our I-Care certificate will elevate you above your competition and give potential customers added reassurance.

Maintaining the correct standards for indoor air quality within retail environments is an important area of discussion. As well as airborne diseases and viral spread, Identifying other air pollutants that can cause damaging health effects is of the utmost importance. Maintaining high levels of indoor air quality is vital in providing shoppers with the most pleasant retail experience possible. Our medical grade air purifiers are proven to create a pure air environment that replicates outdoor fresh air.

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Transport

The measures put in place to mitigate viral spread have had a profound effect on the transport industry, mainly due to government lockdown policies and passengers’ fears of being in tightly confined spaces with other individuals. This has led to a reduction in demand for public and passenger transport.

Freight transport has experienced delays and logistics difficulties but has mainly remained relatively operational. One of the challenges faced by the freight transport industry is cross border contamination at ports and distribution centres.

People travelling on trains, buses, planes, ferries and taxi’s either have to stand or sit close to each other or the driver for extended periods making social distancing impossible.

Infection prevention is a major challenge as surfaces and air are shared continuously, putting people at risk through airborne transmission or contaminated surfaces. Many changes and adjustments have been made to operation, services, and work practices within the sector to keep passengers and staff safe.

As surfaces cannot be continually cleaned, a permanent antimicrobial solution is required to protect surfaces from multiple touches from passengers and staff and a medical grade air purifier will continually clear the air from particles, pollutants and pathogens. With I-Care your organisation can meet the highest possible standards of hygiene and advertise this to your staff and passengers.

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Warehouse

Organisations that operate within factories, manufacturing plants, warehouses, distribution centres and port operations have all had to make arrangements to ensure their employees can work safely during the coronavirus pandemic.

Workers within these environments are subject to many job conditions that put them at increased risk from communicable diseases. Warehouses and plants contain hundreds, or even thousands of workers, often working in close proximity and within high traffic and contained areas mostly working at high work rates and talking and breathing within close ranges to one another.

. As coronaviruses and other similar pathogens are said to be spread mainly through the airborne route, this creates an opportunity for widespread risk of infection to co-workers. The fast pace of work in these environments can be challenging for the application of hygiene measures such as frequent hand washing, as repeated bathroom breaks to sanitise are time costly, also social distancing can be complicated.

Surface hygiene has become more prominent than ever across all industries in light of the ongoing pandemic. In warehouses, this is particularly crucial, due to the large quantity of products coming in and out on a daily basis. Although facility cleaning is essential, within warehouse environments this can be a big challenge due to their size and setup, the potential impact it can have on workforce productivity.

Permanent Antimicrobial coating ensures all surfaces are protected and stay protected for up to 1 year. Allowing staff to safely get on with their duties and reducing costs of repeat disinfecting.

Indoor air quality and employee comfort have a massive impact on productivity and efficiency in warehouse environments. Bad air quality can be caused by fumes from machines, forklift and other vehicle exhausts, VOCs, chemicals and dust. Effects from these particles can contribute to lower productivity, breathing problems, allergies and low staff morale.

Our medical grade air purifiers can combat these issues by quickly and efficiently clearing the air of fine particles that traditionally HVAC installations struggle to remove. Creating a pure and pleasant working environment and mitigating the spread of airborne infections.

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Residential

In the current pandemic one area of risk that has received little attention is big buildings such as tower blocks, flats and multi-storey accommodation buildings. While direct person-to-person transmission is the main cause of virus spread, research suggests that occupants in tall buildings could become infected through aerial transmissions and repeated touching of high touch areas in communal parts of buildings.

Building landlords and local authorities are not all proactively investigating building ventilation and airflow as a source of transmission and cannot always keep up with contact tracing and identifying multiple cases within buildings,

Permanent Antimicrobial coating is highly recommended for communal areas with a building or high traffic areas in and around places of residence as there is not always a regular cleaning and disinfecting service for these areas. Medical grade air purifiers can drastically improve air quality within residential environments and reduce the risk of the many detrimental impacts of bad indoor air quality on health.

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