Australian company Hygiene Labs offers public transport users and operators added protection from surface spread of COVID-19.

Even with the growing global rollout of vaccines to help contain the spread of COVID-19, robust hygiene protocols will still be vital to help prevent further community transmission.

As second and subsequent outbreaks occur worldwide, a key focus sector is public transport, where passengers, crews and maintenance staff on trains, trams, buses, ferries, and in transit facilities, are at constant risk of infection, not just from each other, but also from potentially-contaminated surfaces such as seats, doors, windows, walls, hand grips, rails, poles, buttons, and ticket vending or validating equipment.

To help mitigate this transmission risk, Australian biotechnology company Hygiene Labs has developed a surface based antimicrobial shield treatment, independently verified to inactivate surface infections of Coronavirus for up to 28 days, within one hour of application.

The Hygiene Labs treatment attracts and punctures pathogens on a microscopic ‘bed of nails’, inactivating the COVID-19 virus.

It has been independently evaluated and certificated by Eurofins, one of the world’s largest bioanalytical testing organisations, and listed as a long-lasting treatment by Australia’s medical products regulator, the Therapeutic Goods Administration, under both its Commercial and Hospital Grade categories.

The antimicrobial shield is alcohol-free and non-toxic to humans and animals, and can be applied quickly by fogging or direct application to surfaces. 

The Hygiene Labs antimicrobial shield treatment increasingly is being used by aviation, maritime and surface transport operators to strengthen their existing hygiene protocols, with customers across the Asia Pacific region including Qantas, Fiji Airways, Nauru Airlines, Australia’s Royal Flying Doctor Service, and major maritime and surface fleet operators.

In addition to protecting transport modes and passenger terminals worldwide, the antimicrobial shield can be deployed in offices, employee facilities, maintenance areas, and freight zones, to help strengthen hygiene protocols, while also strengthening reassurance to customers, staff, suppliers, corporations and health authorities.