As businesses and organizations continue to seek innovative ways to open, stay open, and protect workers and visitors, building managers and safety professionals are focusing on doors. When it comes to doors, not having to touch the door handle is ideal, however, in many situations, it’s unavoidable due to construction conditions or cost factors.
As much as we like to think normal cleaning addresses the challenge, there are often times where thorough cleaning doesn’t occur or the amount of traffic through the door could lead to disease spread before the next scheduled cleaning.
In a study by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), researchers found that the virus that causes COVID-19 can live up to four hours on copper and up to three days on stainless steel and plastic surfaces. And, according to the CDC, “it may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes.”
To address this challenge, top-tier door hardware manufacturers have created handles that reduce potential infection by applying an antimicrobial coating during the manufacturing process. One solution involves using silver in the door handle coating. Silver has intrinsic antimicrobial properties that help stop the spread of disease. Using door handles with this coating can reduce the risk of infection by harmful bacteria at home and at work by as much as 99%.
Although silver is the key ingredient in these handles, the hardware can come in a variety of colors including white, grey, black, and graphite which allow the hardware to compliment the architectural design of the space.
Companies that are investing in these solutions are part of the HygTech Alliance. This group of six companies manufacture functional and well-designed hygienic solutions for facilities of all types.
A Safe Way to Enter
To help keep your security team and facility as safe as possible while operating at maximum efficiency, Vision Security Technologies will design, engineer, install, and maintain elevated body temperature detection systems that meet the needs of your organization and exceeds the requirements of all stakeholders from the security team to the operations team. This is especially true when getting your organization up and running is critical.