Microban and HandgardsThe Microban Products Company develops custom engineered antimicrobial solutions that are built-in to products during the manufacturing process to provide effective antimicrobial protection for the useful life of the product. Microban antimicrobial protection can be infused into all types of plastics and synthetics, in industrial, medical and consumer products, providing them with resistance to the growth of bacteria, molds and mildew, that can cause stains, odors and product degradation.
Microban is not a temporary “treatment” or a non-durable finish. Unlike surface coatings, it won’t wash off or wear away. Microban protection is incorporated directly into the polymer’s molecular structure during the manufacturing process and does not alter the products physical properties. Once production has been completed, the polymer itself acts as a reservoir for the Microban ingredient. Microban protection is odorless, tasteless, colorless and has a proven history of safe use. Upon contact with bacteria, the Microban ingredient penetrates the bacteria’s cell wall and inhibits its ability to function, grow and produce.
WHAT IS MICROBAN® ANTIMICROBIAL PROTECTION?
The Microban antimicrobial agent used in Handgards product is an organic compound in the same family as triclosan. Triclosan is one of the most widely-tested antimicrobials in the world.
IS IT SAFE?
Yes, Microban protection has a proven history of safe use in a variety of consumer, industrial and medical applications! Microban contains one of the most widely tested antibacterial ingredients in the world. It’s been used in hospitals for over 25 years for pillows and sheets. This ingredient can also be found in everyday household products such as toothpaste, mouthwash and deodorant.
WHAT PROOF CAN YOU OFFER?
The EPA: Microban protection has undergone extensive independent laboratory testing and has been proven safe. It is registered with the EPA for all applications in which it is used.
The FDA: Microban protection has also been incorporated in FDA registered medical devices. Products with Microban protection have been used safely in medical applications for over 25 years, in addition to consumer applications like cutting boards, kitchen tools, socks, and pillows.
The NSF: The NSF has listed Microban protection for use in food and splash zone areas and food processing equipment.