A Touch of Reassurance – The KeepSafe

With the world in the midst of a global pandemic, a team of our engineers have stepped away from their usual projects, and towards a new challenge in these difficult times.  We've created a personal handheld tool called the KeepSafe, made in a copper-based alloy that limits your contact with potentially contaminated surfaces when out and about.  

Our aim for the KeepSafe is simple.  To help limit the spread of Covid-19 and to reduce your potential exposure to coronavirus.  It is not a substitute for regular and thorough handwashing and personal hygiene, but an extra weapon in the fight against this invisible enemy.  Our MB1 copper alloy, which has antimicrobial properties, has been scientifically proven by the University of Southampton, to kill the coronavirus within 10 minutes.

How does the KeepSafe work?

By using the KeepSafe we can physically distance ourselves from touching all of the things that we really don’t like touching anyway, but especially now – public door handles and toilets, handrails on public transport, buttons on cash and card machines, light switches and all types of bins including those for dog doo!

Our inspiration

Quite simply, the challenge facing care workers in the NHS inspired us to get involved.  Our hope is that the KeepSafe helps protect them by reducing the spread in our communities and keeping all of us safer.  It is our ambition to donate 20,000 KeepSafe’s to NHS and key workers in North Yorkshire.

Thank you, NHS.

National Heroes …….Selfless

Why Copper?

For thousands of years, from the ancient Egyptians 'til now, people have used copper to reduce infection in drinking water, wounds and food, through direct observation of its properties.  

We now know that copper’s atomic makeup has a free electron in its outer shell, which makes it a highly reactive molecule and therefore a good conductor.  When a microbe or virus lands on copper, ions attack the pathogen preventing cell respiration and breaks their outer layers.  This destroys 99.0% of the DNA and RNA inside bacteria or viruses, preventing the mutations that create drug-resistant superbugs. 

These properties never wear off, even if it tarnishes over time.  By using a copper-based alloy, in laboratory tests undertaken by the University of Southampton, the coronavirus was  completely undetectable on copper-based surfaces within 10 minutes.  This compared up to 72 hours for stainless steel or plastic surfaces.  It really is your Copper Ally.