Are anti-microbial work surfaces a true value?
A couple years ago, we began to discuss if should offer antimicrobial laminates as and option for our console stations. After all, contributing to a healthy workplace is one of the elements that drive our design and manufacturing practices. We dove into research and learned a few surprising facts about the material. Here are the main areas we reviewed to determine the advantages and drawbacks on antimicrobial laminates for dispatch consoles.
- What makes a laminate antimicrobial?
- Are they effective at improving dispatcher health?
- Which communication’s center equipment contains the highest density of contractible germs (Spoiler, it’s not your worksurface.)
- The top ten things you should know before investing PSAP dollars in antimicrobial surfaces.
What are antimicrobials?
Antimicrobial products fall into one of two categories, depending on how they are used. These products slow or stop the spread of certain organisms. For product use, including furniture surfaces and hospital carts, antimicrobials are regulated as a pesticide. To prevent illness in people and pets, they are classified as an antiseptic. Which organisms and how fast the antimicrobials work depends on the composition and application. To learn more basics about antimicrobials, and the difference between pesticides and antiseptics, check out this topic fact sheet.