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Cooper Wiring Devices Introduces the Industry's First Line of Switches and Wallplates Made with EPA Registered CuVerro Antimicrobial Copper Surfaces

CuVerro surfaces kill more than 99.9% of bacteria* within two hours

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PEACHTREE CITY, Ga., Aug. 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Cooper Wiring Devices, a leading electrical wiring device manufacturer for industrial, commercial and residential applications, has developed a game-changer for the healthcare industry. The new Arrow Hart line of switches and wallplates feature EPA registered CuVerro Antimicrobial Copper Surfaces. Laboratory testing has shown that, when cleaned regularly, these surfaces deliver continuous and ongoing antibacterial* action, remaining effective in killing greater than 99.9% of bacteria* within two hours. These alloys also offer specifiers a durable and attractive device design.

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This new line of devices helps address a disturbing trend among healthcare facilities today, Hospital Acquired Infections (HAI's). HAI's are the fourth leading cause of death in America according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), with up to 100,000 patients dying each year. Additionally, the CDC estimates the annual direct medical costs of HAI's to hospitals to be as high as $45 billion. As such, healthcare facilities are looking for valuable tools to augment current infection control practices and help address the rising costs of infection outbreaks in their facilities.

Laboratory testing has shown that when cleaned regularly, CuVerro copper surfaces continuously reduce bacteria* contamination, achieving 99.9% reduction within 2 hours of exposure. CuVerro copper surfaces also help inhibit the growth of bacteria* within 2 hours of exposure between routine cleaning and sanitizing steps. 

"Our new line of devices made with CuVerro Antimicrobial Copper Surfaces provide facilities tools to combat a very real and growing concern within their buildings," said Laura Ulz, President Cooper Wiring Devices. "As a company, we remain committed to the continued development of innovative solutions to real world problems."

The Arrow Hart line of wiring devices with new CuVerro touch surfaces material are designed specifically for areas where cleanliness is a concern. The line includes single, 3-way and 4-way Decorator Switches as well as specification-grade, standard size wallplates in multiple gangs and configurations. All products have been tested and are compliant to UL Standards and include EPA registered CuVerro Antimicrobial Copper Surfaces. 

*Laboratory testing shows that, when cleaned regularly, CuVerro® antimicrobial copper surfaces kill greater than 99.9% of the following bacteria within 2 hours of exposure: MRSA, Staphylococcus aureus, Enterobacter aerogenes, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and E. coli O157:H7. CuVerro® antimicrobial copper surfaces are a supplement to and not a substitute for standard infection control practices and have been shown to reduce microbial contamination, but do not necessarily prevent cross contamination; users must continue to follow all current infection control practices, including those practices related to cleaning and disinfection of environmental surfaces. CuVerro is a registered trademark of GBC Metals, LLC and is used with permission (CW-0012-1207).

For more information or to learn more about the full line of CuVerro products offered by Cooper Wiring Devices, visit www.arrowhart.com/curverro or www.cuverro.com    

About Cooper Wiring Devices
Cooper Wiring Devices, a trusted name in electrical products, features Arrow Hart commercial and industrial solutions, CORE Lighting Controls, residential wiring devices and Cooper Interconnect industrial, military, aerospace, and subsea connectivity solutions. Cooper Wiring Devices is committed to providing products that increase productivity, energy efficiency, safety at work and in the home, and provide reliable performance. Cooper Interconnect, a Cooper Wiring Devices' business unit, is a leading manufacturer of sophisticated interconnect solutions for demanding environments and features well-known brands such as G&H, WPI, Burton, General Connector brands, Cam-Lok, and Thorkom. A subsidiary of Cooper Industries plc (NYSE: CBE), Cooper Wiring Devices is headquartered in Peachtree City, GA with international manufacturing and distribution facilities. For more information on Cooper Wiring Devices visit www.cooperwiringdevices.com.

About Cooper Industries
Cooper Industries plc (NYSE: CBE) is a global electrical products manufacturer with 2011 revenues of $5.4 billion.  Founded in 1833 Cooper's sustained success is attributable to a constant focus on innovation and evolving business practices, while maintaining the highest ethical standards and meeting customer needs.  The Company has seven operating divisions with leading market positions and world-class products and brands, including Bussmann electrical and electronic fuses; Crouse-Hinds and CEAG explosion-proof electrical equipment; Halo and Metalux lighting fixtures; and Kyle and McGraw-Edison power systems products.  With this broad range of products, Cooper is uniquely positioned for several long-term growth trends including the global infrastructure build-out, the need to improve the reliability and productivity of the electric grid, the demand for higher energy-efficient products and the need for improved electrical safety.  In 2011 sixty-two percent of total sales were to customers in the industrial and utility end-markets and forty percent of total sales were to customers outside the United States.  Cooper has manufacturing facilities in 23 countries as of 2011.  For more information, visit the website at www.cooperindustries.com.

Contact:

Mike Petrasek


(412) 394-6611


michael.petrasek@bm.com

SOURCE Cooper Wiring Devices



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