Hand hygiene is an important part of any infection control program to reduce the risk of Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs), By minimising cross-contamination that can occur through touching of door handles, taps and other everyday items germs can be effectively stopped in a simple and easy way. In our quest to provide solutions for better health and safer communities, we are proud to offer a new range of handles with germ protection:

Our anti-microbial germ-shield® handle range

The revolutionary anti-microbial germ-shield® coating system provides effective control against bacteria, mould and fungi thanks to its silver micro composites. 

How it works

The Ag+ silver ions in the coating interact with bacteria cells in three distinct ways: 

  1. Damage cell membrane1
  2. Displace Ca2+ and Zn2+ ions1
  3. Interact with cell molecules containing sulphur, oxygen or nitrogen2



4 reasons to love the germ-shield® handle

  1. Reduces colony forming units by 99.996%* and protects against over 650 species of bacteria commonly found in hospital environments 
  2. Proven high durability and resistance to alcohol wipes (IPA) and most cleaning solvents 
  3. Non-toxic 
  4. Aesthetically pleasing satin finish for easy identification and distinguishment from non-anti-microbial handles   


Contact us at sales@galvinengineering.com.au to add germ-shield® to your tapware selection.


1 Sondi I, et al. Journal of Colloid Interface Science, 2004, 275: 177-182
2 Dowling DP, et al., Thin Solid Films, 2001, 398: 602-606
* tested against Staphylococcus Aureus (golden staph) and Escherichia Coli according to industry standard JIS Z 2801:200 by Monash University in January 2009 – these claims are supported for Australia only.