The global antimicrobial coatings market is expected to reach USD 4,520.3 million by 2020, according to a new study by Grand View Research Inc. Growing demand for medical device coatings is expected to remain a key market driver over the next six years. In addition increasing market penetration of indoor air quality products, mainly in the U.S. is also expected to have a positive impact on the market over the forecast period. (more…)
When we think of green cleaning, our focus is typically on the chemicals, equipment and procedures used to clean facilities. However, an effective green cleaning program starts long before we even consider chemicals, equipment or procedures. In fact, it starts before building users even walk in the door. This is because an effective way to keep buildings clean, healthy and green is with a source control strategy, and the key to this plan is the use of walk-off mats.
However, not all mats are effective. There is a difference between what are called “high-performance mats,” which are typically purchased, and “placement mats,” which are most often rented.
Building users may be walking on sidewalks, through parking lots, in streets, over landscaped areas, in public restrooms and on other surfaces that are heavily trafficked; thus, their shoes can be heavily soiled. Mats stop dust, soils, moisture, pesticides and contaminants that collect on building users’ shoe bottoms from entering the facility.
A study conducted in 2008 by Charles Gerba, PhD, a microbiologist at the University of Arizona, evaluated what types of soils may build up on shoes. According to his investigation, some of the following soils and contaminants are found on shoes: (more…)
While there may be no silver bullet for germs, researchers have developed antimicrobial abrasion-resistant coatings that use silver and copper colloids to kill germs and stop new ones from becoming established on surfaces. The metals work by gradually releasing germicidal metal ions into the environment.
Additionally, the anti-adhesive properties of the coating ensures that both dead and fresh germs are repelled, reducing the incidence of biofilm formation. The researchers expect the new development to be particularly useful in hospitals, kitchens, and HVACsystems where germs are a real and present concern.
The Face of the USEPA Science Advisory Board Could Change
The EPA's Science Advisory Board (SAB) was established in 1978 to ensure the EPA uses the most up to date and relevant scientific research for its decision making and that the EPA's programs reflect this advice. It has served in this role, most often uncontroversially, through 36 years and six presidents. In the past much of the SAB was comprised of academicians theorists and toxicologists some of which have specific degrees in the field of interest. With the passage f proposed legislation the SAB might begin being populated by actual practitioners of the science from private industry. Such additions to the SAB could be very beneficial in providing a pathway to public-private cooperation in the development of policies that affect the environment and the economy that funds its protection.