In the fast-paced worlds of food processing, healthcare, laboratories and cleanrooms, where every precaution is taken to ensure the safety of patients and professionals alike, there exists a hidden yet pervasive risk – the humble pen.

While often overlooked, the health and hygiene benefits of using pens like the BST J800 DetectaPen® cannot be overstated. Let us take you through the unsuspected dangers posed by traditional pens in medical settings and how the innovative design of the BST J800 DetectaPen® can be a game-changer. 

The unseen culprit: Bacterial spread through pens 

Recent studies have shed light on the alarming prevalence of bacteria on commonly shared objects like pens in hospitals, medical surgeries and laboratories. The transfer of bacteria through borrowed pens has become a

hidden and unaccounted-for risk in the spread of MRSA-related issues, jeopardising the very environments meant to ensure health and safety.  

Studies supporting the claim include: 

  1. Journal of Hospital Infection (2018): A comprehensive study revealed that traditional pens in hospitals harboured a significant bacterial load, including strains of E-Coli and MRSA, highlighting the potential for cross-contamination among healthcare professionals 
  2. American Journal of Infection Control (2021): An investigation into the microbial contamination of pens in medical settings indicated that bacterial transmission through pen-sharing can contribute to healthcare-associated infections, posing a threat to both patients and practitioners. 

Teknomek’s solution: The BST J800 DetectaPen® 

In the struggle against unnoticed bacterial transmission, the BST J800 DetectaPen® emerges as a beacon of hygiene and safety. Here is the lowdown on the features that make this retractable pen an indispensable tool in critical environments: 

  1. xdetect® plastic compound: Manufactured using BST's flagship xdetect® plastic compound, the DetectaPen® is optimised for metal and x-ray detection in the food and pharmaceutical industries, ensuring an additional layer of safety 
  2. Silver-ion anti-bacterial technology: Incorporating cutting-edge silver-ion anti-bacterial technology, this pen is effective against E-Coli, MRSA and Salmonella, mitigating the risk of bacterial transmission and safeguarding against contamination threats 
  3. FDA, EU, and Japanese compliance: All materials used in the construction of DetectaPens® boast extensive food contact approvals, adhering to the strict standards set by FDA, EU and Japanese regulatory bodies 
  4. Kosher and Halal certified: Ensuring inclusivity, these pens are Kosher and Halal certified, meeting the diverse needs of users in various critical environments. 


In the pursuit of maintaining the highest standards of hygiene in food production, healthcare, laboratories and cleanrooms, addressing the seemingly inconspicuous issue of pen hygiene becomes paramount. As we strive for excellence in healthcare, let us not underestimate the impact of the small, everyday choices we make in shaping a healthier future. 

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