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Dublin school using Hungary's anti-COVID coating Resysten

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St. Laurence College in Loughlinstown, Co. Dublin has become the first school in Ireland to use anti-COVID coating Resysten within its premises, taking a step forward in protecting students and staff in the latest drive to a safe return to normality for the current academic year, according to a press release sent to the Budapest Business Journal.

The anti-microbial coating stops the spread of harmful bacteria and viruses like Norovirus (winter vomiting bug), Influenza (common flu), E.coli, MRSA, COVID and its variants, and has a durability of up to one year from one single application, on any surface.

SurfaceGuard.ie, the Irish distributor of Resysten, undertook the process of applying the coating at the school, on common surfaces such as pupils’ desks, chairs and door handles. 

Resysten’s formula uses a photocatalytic process (activated by either natural or artificial light) and keeps surfaces protected for up to a year, all from a single application. Keeping touchpoints at safe hygienic levels, it can’t be removed by standard cleaning methods, it is completely odorless and invisible once applied, as well as harmless to humans. This also means that Resysten saves the school considerable learning and teaching time, by removing the need to clean and disinfect classrooms in between lessons - a process which on average takes up to five minutes each time.

The coating is already used across Europe to keep public spaces protected from dangerous pathogens, including hospitals, public transport networks, food supply chains, manufacturing, retail outlets, offices, as well as leisure and hospitality facilities. Independent testing has shown an average minimum of 90% reduction in contamination levels within the first month of application, increasing to 95% after the second month. 

Shane FitzGerald, Principal at St. Laurence College in Loughlinstown, says, “At St. Laurence College we pay particular attention to our students’ health and safety. While evaluating our current sanitizing practices, and thinking sustainably, we concluded that our protocols were both environmentally and financially wasteful. At St. Laurence College, in partnership with SurfaceGuard, we are utilizing state-of-the-art research to keep our campus surfaces free from all bacteria and viruses. As Principal, I’m passionate about maximizing our learning and teaching time, and working with SurfaceGuard we can now do so with confidence.”

Colin Heather, SurfaceGuard's CEO says, “No matter how much we clean, sanitize, or disinfect there’s always the window or gap for harmful bacteria and viruses to spread on our surfaces. Resysten now offers us a breakthrough ‘always on’ cleaning technology which combats this problem, bringing us permanent safe levels of surface cleanliness, without the constant wiping down. It’s a sustainable approach and very well received, and thanks to St. Laurence College in Loughlinstown we are now honored to be taking the first step in bringing this protection to schools across Ireland. We are thankful to Principal Shane FitzGerald for his trust in our product and we look forward to extending this solution to other schools and educational institutions in the country as part of our drive to protect students, teachers and wider staff.”

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