Scientists at Hertfordshire University have proved the effectiveness of Germ Genie, a new product that is designed to prevent bacteria from keyboards spreading from one user to another.
Germ Genie, which was developed by High Wycombe-based Falcon Innovations and tested at the University’s Biodet laboratory, will be introduced at the Total Workplace Management show and the Hospital Infection Society Conference in Liverpool in October.
The results of the university tests on E.Coli, Staphylococcus Aureus and Bacillus Subtillis revealed that Germ Genie kills 99 per cent of the bacteria across most of the keyboard in just two minutes, and across the whole keyboard in 10 minutes.
The Genie works by sensing finger movement on the computer keyboard and, after a user has finished, it sanitises the keyboard with UV light. This treatment leaves the keyboard ready for the next user so they will not pick up microbes that would otherwise have posed a risk of passing on infections such as influenza.
Richard Smith, director of Biodet, said: ’The science of UV light being anti-microbial is well established, but the Germ Genie had not been tested thoroughly to show that it worked on computer keyboards.’
James Louttit, managing director of Falcon Innovations, said: ’We expected the results to be good, but it is invaluable to us to be able to demonstrate a 99 per cent kill across the keyboard.’