Frequently-touched surfaces in public transport such as handrails and arm rests are rarely cleaned, posing a risk of cross-contamination to customers.
Passenger comfort specialist TBM Rail has partnered Biomaster to offer bus and train operators greater product protection against the growth of infectious bacteria on mass transit systems. Biomaster antimicrobial technology can now be built in to Nylon R-AG coatings for grab poles, seat handles and arm rests that TBM Rail supplies to fleet operators across the UK.
Nylon R-AG, the toughest coating system for transportation, has been tested and approved against EN45545-2 and meets stringent ISO standards.
Recent media reports have put the spotlight on alarming amounts of potentially harmful germs on surfaces inside passenger carriages.
Studies have found evidence of bacteria such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa, E.coli, Staphylococcus aureus, Salmonella and even Klebsiella pneumoniae on the London Underground, which can all cause serious infections.
Bacterial transmission by hand is one of the most common ways in which pathogens are spread in high-traffic, shared areas.
Biomaster technology inhibits the growth of harmful germs 24/7, helping to keep surfaces more hygienic and reducing the opportunity for bacteria to be transferred.
Neil Smith, TBM Rail director, said: “As rail and bus services get busier passengers are rightly concerned about hygiene. So many of the surfaces are touched thousands of times each day. Although operators are stepping up cleaning regimes, germs can go undetected. The Biomaster system is a huge step forward in offering those customers higher standards.
Our partnership with Addmaster enables us to offer surface protection from bacteria that will ultimately be reflected in the operators’ customer satisfaction scores as confidence in cleanliness grows.”
The Biomaster antimicrobial technology can also boost TBM Rail’s other services. Biomaster technology can be applied to washroom facilities, toilet tanks and piping and also seat covers.
Karl Shaw, Addmaster Marketing Manager, said: “We are delighted to be working with TBM Rail. Our combined businesses knowledge and expertise represent a good fit that can really benefit passengers’ needs and we’ll be looking forward to improving rail travel hygiene together.”
For more information about TBM Rail services visit the website at www.tbmrail.com