Did you know that one if five Australians live with some kind of disability? The notion that most people are the same is a naive one, and as we move to become a more inclusive nation, it’s essential to cater to every Australian. When you are planning the design of your commercial washroom, or public bathroom, it is vital to think about the space you have, and the space you need to ensure appropriate disabled access.
The change of seasons brings with it an influx of germs, bugs, colds and flu viruses. There are the basics we can all do to reduce the spread of germs such as sneezing into a tissue or your elbow, washing hands frequently and keeping your telephone and keyboard clean.
However, when it comes to using a hand dryer in public bathroom, people tend not to use them correctly and instead of reducing bacteria and germs we can end up unwittingly spreading them! Following some simple tips can help reduce the spread of germs in public places and more importantly reduce the chances of you getting sick.
Commercial hand dryers tend to have an average lifespan of 5 years, but some old workhorses can blast out noisy, hot air for decades without being considered for replacement or upgrade. But, as design and the facilities industries move forward and evolve at a rate of knots, does the humble hand dryer get left behind and should more attention be paid to bathroom hygiene and comfort?
Great article written by Jo Ann Duff at HPA Group about the importance of green targets for facility managers. We were fortunate enough to have our Velo Veltia Tri-Blade hand dryer featured in the article.
Drying times for hand dryers are a key factor in bathroom hygiene. After all, it's why they are there! Wet hands mean a spread of germs and an uncomfortable experience for people using them. We’ve all used public restrooms which have poor hand drying systems and no backup paper towels. We’ve done the ‘shake’, or wiped our hands on our clothes as we grab the door and walk out, hoping no-one touches your hands until they are dry again. All these actions spread germs, but does heat in a hand dryer improve the situation and make a positive difference?
Energy-Saving Hand Dryers
Hand dryers are the best possible alternatives to paper towels. Replacing paper towels with hand dryers will help you in minimizing the costs associated with maintenance and disposal. Furthermore, they considerably reduce the amount of solid waste that makes its way into the landfill.
Facilities and building managers are always watching the bottom line and working with tight budgets, so when it can be a good idea to look at buying second-hand equipment, however, what are the pros and cons of buying a hand dryer which has been used elsewhere?
What to consider when placing a hand dryer?
There are quite a few considerations to take into account before deciding to place or install your hand dryer. Just picking a spot and fixing it on the wall can be dangerous, spread water borne bacteria, and also be a hindrance to people who come in to use and maintain the facilities.
There are two firm camps when it comes to deciding if hand dryers, or paper towels, are more hygienic. One side will argue that hand dryers blow bacteria and water droplets around, while the other says that hand dryers reduce waste, which hangs around and harbours germs.