The self-sanitising glove – another counter measure to help stop the spread of microbes, germs and bacteria being transmitted through touch.
Introducing the uvex phynomic silv-air glove, developed in collaboration with the world-leading anti-microbial Swiss technology company (HeiQ Materials AG).
What we know about transmission
It is an established fact that transmission occurs through close contact with others either by respiratory droplets or through touch. Those infected may sneeze, cough on, or touch surfaces, or objects, e.g. tables, doorknobs, handrails, self-service checkouts which other people then come into contact with. By touching these contaminated surfaces and then touching their eyes, nose or mouth without having cleaned their hands first, they too increase the risk of becoming infected.
HeiQ Viroblock combines two technologies:
- HeiQ’s patented and registered silver technology – well known for its antibacterial properties
- HeiQ’s patent pending vesicle technology - acts like a booster that mechanically destroys the outer membrane of a micro-organism
The silver technology emits silver-ions to kill bacteria on the fabric's surface. Like a magnet, the positively charged silver attracts the negatively charged microbes, bacteria and germs and attacks it with the silver-ions. The membrane acts like a shield, protecting the micro-organisms from the silver-ions. The vesicle technology (a cosmetic grade Liposome) targets the membrane enabling the silver-ions to work rapidly and efficiently at attacking the core.
Why can’t I just wear a disposable glove?
Many GP’s and surgeons have advised against wearing disposable gloves in places such as supermarkets as it gives people a false sense of security. Disposable gloves are often worse than un-gloved / bare hands as you are more likely to wash and sanitise your hands and not the gloves. By wearing disposable gloves you touch things throughout the day unknowingly collecting and transferring germs.
In comparison to disposable gloves, the uvex phynomic silv-air is also a cost and waste effective solution – multi-use and washable (up to 5 times at 40°C) without affecting the antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. Those wearing uvex phynomic silv-air gloves are better protected against microbes, germs and bacteria that collect on the hands throughout the day and reduce the risk of transferring them onto other surfaces.
Backed by science
The graph below demonstrates the strong antimicrobial efficiency of the uvex phynomic silv-air compared to a standard textile glove. The unique combination of the HeiQ Viroblock silver-chloride and vesicle technology destroys 96% of micro-organisms which lodge on the glove within 2 minutes and 99.9% within 5 minutes.
In addition to the proven antibacterial studies undertaken by HeiQ Materials AG, the uvex phynomic silv-air has also been confirmed at independent test institutes in accordance with ISO 18184:2019-06 and ISO 20743:2016.
- Retail (including: checkout assistant, picker / packer to consumer e.g. shopping trolleys, self-service checkouts)
- Catering and hospitality
- Couriers, logistics and mail
- Doorstep deliveries incl. receiving parcels, letters and food deliveries
- Utilities service providers (incl. in home meter reading)
- Care homes
- Dentists, Opticians, Pharmacies
- Education establishments
- Private individuals when shopping, using public transport, cash machines, attending appointments