Grangemouth business gives away free anti-bacterial pens

A Grangemouth-based business is giving away five anti-bacterial pens free of charge to any organisation where employees have to go into work during lockdown.

Tuesday, 16th March 2021, 12:30 pm
Updated Thursday, 18th March 2021, 10:24 am

The products help to reduce the spread of all germs, from colds and tummy bugs to coronavirus, which is why Recognition Express South East Scotland is eager to support others in keeping workplaces as healthy as possible.

The promotional goods and branded clothing specialist decided to devise its special offer when the Scottish Government set out the roadmap for the ending of lockdown.

David Mitchell, Recognition Express South East Scotland director, said: “Research has proved that the most common ways of transferring bacteria are through handling paper, touching computer mice and keyboards, phone handsets and sharing pens.

Grangemouth business Recognition Express South East Scotland is offering five anti-bacterial pens free of charge to any organisation where employees have to go into work. Pictured: Director David Mitchell. Picture: Michael Gillen.

“We’ve all had enough disruption to our businesses this year, and whilst it’s good news that we can now see a clear way out of the pandemic, we need to take every precaution to reduce sick days, keep people healthy and minimise local outbreaks.

“Our supplier, Senator Pens, has had its products tested to ISO 21702:2019 standards and results show that after 12 hours of contact with the specially treated antibacterial surface on the pens, traces of the human coronavirus – HCoV-229E (common cold) – reduce by at least 93 per cent.

“The pens also help protect against MRSA, E-coli and C-diff so I want to get them out there to do my bit to help reduce the risk of the virus.

“Pens are an item that are frequently shared in the workplace, often unintentionally – if the phone rings you pick up the nearest pen and without even realising it you will be transferring bacteria from the pen onto your hand and then to your mouth or nose.”

Recognition Express South East Scotland has a limited number of pens to give away and these will be allocated on a first come, first served basis only to workplaces that have to remain open.

Mr Mitchell continued: “Employers have gone to great lengths to ensure their workplaces are as safe as possible during the pandemic with appropriate PPE, signage and social distancing measures.

“But those items that come into contact with human hands are a serious hygiene risk. Germs linger on all of these common workplace items and can spread like wildfire.

“When it comes to having hot drinks in the office, the ‘tea trolley’ is a thing of the past. Nowadays people make their own often using communal mugs that may have only had a cursory wash between uses.

“Of course regular hand washing is the best way to minimise chances of picking up workplace bugs but by swapping ordinary pens and mugs for ones with anti-bacterial properties you can reduce transference of bacteria from person to person.”

Anti-bacterial properties can be incorporated in many branded products including pens, mouse mats and mugs.

The controlled release of the active anti-bacterial ingredient provides protection for the lifetime of the product.

Recognition Express has extensive expertise in sourcing products for customers with a network of ethical, tried and tested suppliers.

To order the pens, phone 01324 665123 or email [email protected]

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