SELANGOR – Malaysia’s No. 1 total coating solutions provider, Nippon Paint Malaysia distributed 600 litres of its latest coating innovation, Nippon Paint VirusGuard, to 42 property management agencies in Malaysia as part of the company’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts in safeguarding the health and wellness of Malaysian front liners.
This #RuangSelamat initiative was rolled out in partnership with the Malaysian Institute of Property and Facility Managers (MIPFM), during its 9th Annual General Meeting as of 30 September.
Launched just last month, the Nippon Paint VirusGuard was tested against the Human Coronavirus, ATCC VR-740, strain 229E by Analytical Lab Group and utilises the Silver Ion Technology which demonstrated a 99.9% reduction in viral titer upon contact of the virus on the paint film.
The human coronavirus (strain 229E) is the first coronavirus strain identified in the family of viruses, linked to common cold symptoms and respiratory tract infections.
In addition to this, the Nippon Paint VirusGuard is also effective in mitigating the growth of viruses and bacteria such as the hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD), influenza A (H1N1), Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus. An environmentally-friendly coating solution, the Nippon Paint VirusGuard’s use of the Silver Ion.
Technology is effective in preventing the spread of viruses and bacteria through a three-step approach:
– deactivation of the function of viruses and bacteria
– reducing its ability to multiply and reproduce and;
– inhibiting its growth which ultimately causes the death of the bacteria and viruses
Since the implementation of the Conditional Movement Control Order (‘CMCO’) and Recovery Movement Control Order (‘RMCO’) on 4 May and 10 June respectively, most businesses and organisations have resumed operations, while adhering to safety precautions and mandatory Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) as advised by the Malaysian government. While the number of active cases has reduced, the COVID-19 battle is far from over.
Commercial spaces and even households are required to be sanitised frequently, while maintaining a
well-ventilated and good level of indoor wellness. High touch surfaces are areas where there is a high risk of infectious agents including viruses and bacteria. Thus, high touch surfaces will need to be on top priority for frequent sanitisation.
According to Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), high touch surfaces include tables, door knobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, sinks and more. “With the current COVID-19 pandemic still at bay, Nippon Paint recognises the importance of maintaining a safe and healthy environment.”
The collaboration with MIPFM is one of Nippon Paint’s efforts and continuous commitment in line with the company’s wellness journey of nearly two decades.
Nippon Paint was the first coatings company who introduced Malaysia’s first odourless paint, and have since rolled-out various innovative solutions and partnerships such as the Green Choice Series, Child Wellness Range and Indoor Wellness Range, working closely with strategic partners and national associations to further educate Malaysians on the importance for healthy indoor space.