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ARAUCO introduces InCopper™ antimicrobial technology. This proprietary technology incorporated in all PRISM TFL exclusive designs, protects the surface of the panel by actively inhibiting the growth of microorganisms that cause deterioration, stains or degradation.
PRISM TFL panels with InCopper are especially useful in spaces with high traffic flow or increased exposure to humidity, such as offices, hospitals, restaurants, schools, kitchens, closets, or bathrooms; where the panel may be susceptible to contamination by microbes or mold.
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PRISM TFL, the only laminate with antimicrobial copper protection in North America.
1. What is InCopper™ ?
InCopper™ is a proprietary technology developed by ARAUCO and Codelco, the largest copper mining company in the world. InCopper consists of a mixture of copper salts developed expressly for laminate applications.
2. How is this technology incorporated into PRISM panels?
InCopper is introduced at the time the decorative sheet is saturated with resins, prior to lamination to the substrate.
3. Where is PRISM with InCopper protection recommended for use?
PRISM TFL with InCopper antimicrobial protection can be used in a variety of decorative applications. It is beneficial for interior spaces where ambient conditions or high traffic flow are likely to expose panel surfaces to harmful microbes. InCopper is effective in reducing the presence of bacteria and fungus that can cause bad odors and stains. Prism TFL is ideal for office work spaces, hospitals, locker rooms, schools, closets, hotel furnishings; and restaurant, retail and medical fixtures.
4. Is InCopper available in all PRISM TFL exclusive designs?
Yes. In the United States, all PRISM TFL exclusive designs will have InCopper starting in early 2019, and it will be available as an option for other PRISM TFL designs or papers. In Canada, it will be available later in 2019, pending registration.
5. Will InCopper affect the color or any physical property of PRISM TFL?
InCopper is effective at concentrations below 100 ppm. At this concentration and because of the type of copper salts used, it will not affect the color, machinability or any physical properties of the TFL.
6. What method is used to test PRISM’s antimicrobial efficiency?
The international ISO 22196 standard testing method is used to measure PRISM’s antimicrobial efficiency.
This method is one of the most recognized in the scientific world. These tests have been performed in various independent labs in the U.S., Chile, Argentina and Brazil. ARAUCO conducts regular tests in independent labs in the U.S. to evaluate PRISM’s antimicrobial effectiveness. Test results are available upon request.
7. What is the effect of InCopper on fungi?
InCopper is effective in eliminating many fungi by inhibiting the formation of spores, thereby inhibiting reproduction of the fungi. In technical terms, InCopper reduces the metabolic and reproductive (sporulation) mechanisms of filamentous fungi.
8. Is InCopper registered under the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)?
Yes, InCopper is EPA-registered (number 93650) for its antimicrobial properties that protect the surface of PRISM TFL panels, excluding public health claims. InCopper protects surfaces, not people, from contamination. For additional information, please visit: http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/factsheets/treatart.htm
9. How long does the antimicrobial property last?
PRISM’s antimicrobial property is active 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The antimicrobial attribute remains for the life of the panel, as long as the decorative surface remains intact.
10. Can PRISM lose its antimicrobial effectiveness?
If used under normal conditions, PRISM panels do not lose their antimicrobial effectiveness. However, if the decorative surface is damaged or worn out by frequent or excessive rubbing, harsh cleansers, paint and varnish, or other reasons, the panel’s effectiveness will be compromised. Download the care the guidelines here, or find them in the Resources section of www.prismTFL.com.
11. Is copper harmful to humans?
Copper is not harmful to humans or pets. On the contrary, copper is an essential part of our diet and drinking water.
Some examples of copper rich foods are mushrooms, nuts and avocados. The World Health Organization (WHO) allows 2mg/lt of copper in drinking water. Additionally, copper is naturally regulated by the human body.
12. What kind of maintenance is needed for PRISM panels?
No special maintenance or care is required. Visit www.prismTFL.com for recommendations in the resource section on how to clean or maintain PRISM laminates.
13. Can bacteria develop resistance to copper (superbugs)?
Since the Copper Age (6,000 B.C) copper has been used to prevent contamination and infection. No known potential pathogenic bacteria have developed a resistance to copper, whereas many pathogenic bacteria have developed resistance to antibiotics in the past 40 years.
Here are two of several recent scientific papers and studies about the benefits of copper against superbugs.
Paul Herscu, ND, MPH; and Michael J. Norden, MD. (March 2018). ANTIMICROBIAL COPPER: THE SOLUTION TO SUPERBUGS? Naturopathic Doctor News & Review. >>
Professor Bill Keevil, BSc PhD, CBiol FRSB, FRSM, FAAM (September 2016). COPPER'S ROLE IN TACKLING SUPERBUGS. University of Southampton Environmental Healthcare Unit Review. >>
14. Is there a difference between antimicrobial and antibacterial?
Antimicrobial describes a substance that kills or inhibits the development of microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi, parasites, and other microorganisms like viruses. Antibacterial describes a substance that kills or inhibits only the development of bacteria. The element copper has antimicrobial properties effective against all of the above.
15. Is InCopper™ antimicrobial technology available for the PRISM Symmetry program (edgebanding, HPL, 3D, etc.)?
Currently InCopper is a patented technology available only for PRISM TFL panels.
16. Are there any studies available about the presence of bacteria in the workplace and the impact of shared work spaces?
Yes, there are several current, independent studies that have demonstrated how shared work spaces increase the presence of bacteria; therefore increasing absences associated with sick days.
A study done by Pejtersen, JH., et. al. (2011) “Sickness absence associated with shared and open-plan offices,” demonstrated workers in open plan offices reported taking 62% more sick days than those in private offices. A study done by Steelcase showed that there are more than 10 million germs on the average desk.