Frequently Asked Questions About EOScu
WHAT IS EOS<sup>cu</sup>?
EOScu (Cupron-enhanced EOS Surface) is the world’s only synthetic hard surface EPA-registered for public-health claims. A Preventive|Biocidal Surface™, EOScuoffers hospitals an additional layer of protection by killing 99.9% of gram-negative and gram-positive bacteria* within 2 hours of exposure. It continuously reduces the bioburden, even after recontamination. EOScu works around the clock to eliminate bacteria* that makes people sick, including multi-drug resistant strains such as MRSA.
EOScu is manufactured in sheets and is fabricated like any other solid surface. Made in the USA, EOScu includes countertops and molded products, like patient bed rails, over-bed tables, vanities, sinks, and more. All the surfaces actively kill 99.9% of harmful bacteria* without the introduction of new or additional human processes.
The opportunities for application are truly endless and EOS Surfaces will work with any facility or system to identify needs and develop a custom plan to strategically position the material in areas with the greatest potential for contamination.
Learn more about how EOScu works.
WHAT IS A PREVENTIVE|BIOCIDAL SURFACE™?
A Preventive|Biocidal Surface™ is a unique surface that has the ability to actively kill bacteria, even after repeated contamination. It also has a preventive quality that stops and inhibits the growth of bacteria.
With the rise of hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) and antibiotic-resistant microbes, new infection control methods are needed. EOScu is the first synthetic, hard surface that’s EPA-registered for public-health claims. It kills 99.9% of gram-negative and gram-positive bacteria* within 2 hours of exposure, even after recontamination.
Unlike isolated cleaning processes, EOScu is self-sanitizing. At least 12 times every 24 hours, the surface kills greater than 99.9% of the bacteria* on it. Infused with the biocidal power of copper to kill bacteria*, EOScu is a non-porous, Preventive|Biocidal Surface™ that protects people by continuously reducing the bioburden.
WHAT CAN EOS<sup>CU</sup> DO?
EOScu is the world’s only synthetic, hard surface EPA-registered for public-health claims. It’s a Preventive|Biocidal Surface™, infused with copper to continuously kill harmful bacteria* within 2 hours, even after recontamination. Some of the key benefits of EOScu:
- Provides the highest level of continuous bacteria* reduction found by any solid surface
- Actively kills greater than 99.9% of gram-negative and gram-positive bacteria* within 2 hours of exposure
- Continually reduces bioburden, even after surface recontamination
- Is always working without added or new human processes
- Is the only synthetic hard surface EPA-registered for public-health claims for constantly killing bacteria*
- Get more information about EOScu
WHAT IS AN EPA-REGISTERED PUBLIC-HEALTH CLAIM?
An EPA-registered public-health claim indicates that a manufacturer’s end product—NOT just the antimicrobial embedded within it—has been submitted to the EPA and has been tested against very rigorous protocols. In order to make a public-health claim, the end product must pass strict protocols, killing harmful bacteria* within the EPA-assigned 2-hour timeframe and withstanding comprehensive abrasion testing to ensure the product will maintain its efficacy under difficult, real-world conditions. EOS Surfaces had to submit over 14,000 samples that were required to achieve a zero-fail rate on all the protocols. Because the end product, EOScu, and not just the copper technology infused in it, successfully achieved the 100% pass rate, the product itself has been registered for EPA public-health claims. Only one other hard surface, copper alloys, can make such claims. EOScu is the only EPA-registered synthetic hard surface with the proven ability to:
- Continuously reduce bacterial* contamination, achieving 99.9% reduction within 2 hours of exposure
- Kill greater than 99.9% gram negative and gram positive bacteria* within 2 hours of exposure
- Kill greater than 99.9% of bacteria* within two hours of exposure and continues to kill 99% of bacteria, even after repeated contamination
- Inhibit the buildup and growth of bacteria* within 2 hours of exposure between cleaning and sanitizing steps
- Learn more about the EOScu EPA-registration for public-health claims.
WHAT MAKES EOS<sup>CU</sup> DIFFERENT FROM OTHER PRODUCTS?
EOScu is the world’s only synthetic hard surface EPA-registered for public-health claims. Combined with the durable, nonporous nature of EOS Surfaces and the active Cupron technology embedded throughout the product, EOScu constantly protects people by continuously killing harmful bacteria* for the life of the product. The proprietary copper technology is not a surface treatment or film that can be removed. Find out how EOScu works.
WHAT HAS BEEN DEMONSTRATED ABOUT EOS<sup>CU</sup>?
Laboratory testing has shown that when cleaned regularly
- EOScu surface continuously reduces bacterial* contamination achieving a 99.9% reduction within 2 hours of exposure
- EOScu surface kills greater than 99.9% of gram negative and gram positive bacteria* within 2 hours of exposure
- EOScu surface kills greater than 99.9% of bacteria* within 2 hours and continues to kill 99% of bacteria,* even after repeated contamination
- EOScu surface helps inhibit the buildup and growth of bacteria* within 2 hours of exposure between routine cleaning and sanitizing steps
There are clinical trials that are ongoing to assess additional benefits of EOScu. Learn more about current clinical trials.
HOW DOES EOS<sup>cu</sup> AFFECT CLEANING AND INFECTION CONTROL PRACTICES?
The EOScu is a Preventive|Biocidal Surface™, but does not replace standard infection control procedures and good hygienic practices. EOScu must be cleaned and sanitized according to standard practice. The use of EOScu is a supplement and not a substitute for standard infection control practices; users must continue to follow all current infection control practices, including those practices relating to cleaning and disinfection of environmental surfaces. EOScu has been shown to reduce microbial contamination, but it does not prevent cross-contamination. EOScu may be subject to recontamination, and the level of active bacteria at any particular time will depend on the frequency and timing of recontamination, and how recently the surface was cleaned. In order to work effectively, EOScu should be cleaned routinely to remove dirt and filth, as this is necessary for good hygiene. Cleaning agents typically used for traditional surfaces are permissible, and the appropriate cleaning agent depends on the type of soiling and the sanitization required.
HOW LONG DO PATHOGENS SURVIVE ON SURFACES?
Kramer, et al. (2006) observe, “The longer a nosocomial pathogen persists on a surface, the longer it may be a source of transmission and thus endanger a susceptible patient or healthcare worker.”1 They add, “The most common nosocomial pathogens may well survive or persist on surfaces for months and can thereby be a continuous source of transmission if no regular preventive surface disinfection is performed. The researchers’ review of the literature revealed that most gram-positive bacteria, such as Enterococcus spp. (including VRE), Staphylococcus aureus (including MRSA), and Streptococcus pyogenes, survive for months on dry surfaces, while many gram-negative species, such as Acinetobacter spp., Escherichia coli, Klebsiella spp., Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Serratia marcescens, orShigella spp., can also survive for weeks to months. Candida albicans, a significant nosocomial fungal pathogen, can survive up to 4 months on surfaces. Researchers have cited some of the factors that affect pathogen persistence such as the genus, species, and strain of the microorganism in question, the number of bacteria or viruses on the surface or fomite, environmental factors such as light, temperature, humidity, medium in which the microbe is suspended, and the surface on which the microbe is deposited. Learn more about how long bacteria can live on surfaces.
Reference: 1. Kramer A, Schwebke I, Kampf G. How long do nosocomial pathogens persist on inanimate surfaces? A systematic review. BMC Infect Dis. 2006;6:130.
WHAT IS A TREATED ARTICLE EXEMPTION?
“Treated articles” typically refer to articles or substances, which are impregnated with, or have antimicrobial pesticide incorporated into them, to protect the articles or substances themselves. No product efficacy test data are required, and relative to “treated articles” and nonpublic-health uses, only uses which control odor-causing bacteria or bacteria causing spoilage, deterioration, or fouling of materials (ie, preservation) are appropriate and apply to “treated articles.”
WHAT OTHER MATERIALS HAVE AN EPA PUBLIC-HEALTH CLAIM?
At this time only antimicrobial copper alloys registered by the Copper Development Association and EOScu have public-health claims, all other technologies have “treated article” claims only. Learn more about the EOScu EPA-registration for public-health claims.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN EOS<sup>cu</sup> AND OTHER ANTIMICROBIAL TECHNOLOGIES?
WHERE CAN EOS<sup>cu</sup> BE USED?
EOScu has the advantages of solid surface—durability, seamless fabrication, and a beautiful aesthetic—with the unparalleled ability to self-sanitize. It’s a Preventive| Biocidal Surface™, killing harmful bacteria* that contributes to the spread of illnesses. Cupron’s proprietary copper technology is infused directly into the material at the time of manufacturing. Fully tested EOScu has seamless applications and can be used to create any solid surfaces, such as integral bowls and backsplashes. Molded products are also available, making the opportunities for application endless. The EOScu aesthetic delivers confidence and utility with attractive design options ideal for high traffic areas. EOScu is the only practical answer where bacteria are present, and form and function matter. Contact EOScu here if you are interested in developing an individual strategy that meets the specific needs for your facility. Find out more about the different applications of EOScu Surfaces.
HOW IS EOS<sup>cu</sup> MAINTAINED?
The durable, nonporous nature and active ingredients embedded throughout EOScu at the time of manufacturing allow for easy refinishing and repair. To work effectively, EOScu should be cleaned routinely to remove dirt and filth. This is necessary for good sanitation and to assure the effective biocidal performance of EOScu. Cleaning agents typically used for traditional surfaces are permissible and the appropriate cleaning agent depends on the type of soiling and the measure of sanitization required. Normal tarnishing or wear of EOScu will not impair the biocidal effectiveness of the product. EOScu should be cleaned and maintained regularly with traditional hospital sanitizing protocol, but does not require any training, new or additional human processes, or extra steps and special care. The surface may be subject to recontamination, but the level of active bacteria at any particular time depends on the frequency and timing of recontamination, cleanliness of the surface (among other factors), and where any bacteria cells are in the window of “2 hours from the time of exposure.” For EOScu to have proper biocidal effects, the product must be cleaned and maintained according to the directions included on its label. The use of EOScu does not replace standard infection control procedures and good hygienic practices. Healthcare facilities must maintain the product in accordance with infection control guidelines; users must continue to follow all current infection control practices, including those practices related to disinfection of environmental surfaces. The surface can be re-sanded for a fresh appearance by a certified EOScu fabricator/installer. Please contact EOS at 1-800-719-EOS1 (3671) for information or contact us here. EOScu must not be used on any direct food contact or food packaging uses. EOScu must not be waxed, painted, lacquered, varnished, or otherwise coated. It is a violation of Federal law to use this product in a manner inconsistent with its labeling.
HOW DO I OBTAIN MORE INFORMATION?
HOW DO I BECOME A CERTIFIED DISTRIBUTOR?
Please contact our partner EOS Surfaces to request distributorship information.