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Creating a Safer Washroom

Hygiene is one of the most crucial behaviour that everyone must improve post the Coronavirus pandemic. The government is also implementing hygiene guidelines for businesses to prevent the spread of viruses in public spaces. Washrooms are some of the most commonly used areas in a business and that makes it a hotspot for communal transmissions.

As your business reopens and adapts to the new restrictions it is important you protect your washrooms from being contaminated. As the experts in hygiene for more than 90+ years, we offer a range of products, such as soaps, hand sanitiser dispensers, dryers and social distancing floor mats, help to prevent cross-contamination occurring and gives you peace of mind.

We have used our expertise to develop specific virtual surveys which will ensure that we can identify the right hygiene facilities you should have in place in order to reopen safely, without us having to physically visit your premise. Get in touch to organise your survey.

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Why Are Washrooms At A High Risk Of Transmissions?

Washrooms tend to be communal and hence observe a lot of footfall throughout the day. The more the number of people that use your washroom, the higher the risk of germs getting transmitted. In the washroom, germs can be transmitted both directly and indirectly in multiple ways, making it crucial to minimise their spread by investing in proper hygiene solutions.

  • Washrooms Are Frequently Visited - All colleagues and many visitors will use the washroom during the day.

  • Offers Privacy - Where would you go to cough or sneeze?

  • Relying On Other People's Behaviour - Did the person before you wash their hands? What did the person before you touch?

  • Ideal Surfaces for Coronavirus - Coronavirus survives well on hard smooth surfaces

Be Careful In The Cubicle

Top Cubicle Risks

  • The previous user might have sneezed or coughed
  • Germs could be present on all surfaces
  • The cubicle contains hard and smooth surfaces where Coronavirus survives well
  • You share this area with the people who have used it before you
  • There are multiple shared contact points - door handles, wc handle, wc lid, toilet tissue

1. Surface Disinfectant

Reduce the risk of cross contamination

Our Solution:

  • Dispensers near all critical touchpoints
  • Every touchable surface should have the means to be disinfected
  • Access to surface disinfectant reassures every user that they can disinfect surfaces after every use without relying on ineffective and expensive cleaning

Government guidelines

In every workplace, increasing frequency of hand washing and surface cleaning.

2. Toilet Seat Cleaner

Reduce the risk of cross contamination and reassure users

Our Solution:

  • Cubicles are key areas of potential cross contamination
  • Place Toilet Seat Cleaner in every cubicle
  • The product is housed in a dispenser for maximum hygiene
  • They provide reassurance that the communal toilet seat can be safely cleaned between uses

Government guidelines

Set clear use and cleaning guidance for toilets to ensure they are kept clean

3. Toilet Tissue Dispensers

Reduce the risk of cross contamination and reassure users

Our Solution:

  • Toilet paper dispensers - sealing away the paper will help to stop cross contamination
  • The alternative of fully exposed toilet paper leaves users vulnerable to all manner of harmful germs
  • High capacity units contain long lasting rolls

Government guidelines

Set clear use and cleaning guidance for toilets to ensure they are kept clean

4. No Touch Sanitary Bins

Reduce the risk of cross contamination and reassure users

Our solution:

  • There is no need to touch the unit as the modesty flap is sensor activated
  • The risk of cross contamination is mitigated
  • Users can be confident that no previous users have transferred harmful germs
  • The signature range has an antimicrobial coating.
  • Unlike foot pedal units, no touch removes the need for any contact

Government guidelines

Set clear use and cleaning guidance for toilets to ensure they are kept clean 

On Site Servicing (OSS)

Reassures users that proper hygiene standards are maintained

  • OSS removes the transmission risk by keeping the sanitary bin the same location at all times
  • Reducing the movement of the unit means the workplace is not exposed to potential infectious diseases
  • Units are cleaned with Byotrol or Steri-7 which are "proven effective against Coronavirus"

*Both have been tested against feline Coronavirus, a surrogate for Covid-19

Government guidelines

Set clear use and cleaning guidance for toilets to ensure they are kept clean

Be Conscious Around The Washroom Sink

Proper handwashing with soap and water

Be wary of manually operated taps as these are communal touchpoints

  • Avoid touching these with bare hands if you can

Invest in sutiable hand drying products and solutions

  • Paper towels - in a dispenser to avoid contamination
  • Paper waste bin - should have a lid and be frequently emptied
  • Hand dryers - with HEPA filter to clean the air used for hand drying

Ensure that systems for maintaining social distancing are in place

  • Are there enough dispensers and dryers?

1. Handwash

Reassure users that hand hygiene standards and distancing are maintained

  • Users need to be confident that there is a high copacity, wall mounted soap dispenser available in every washroom
  • Our soaps can be fixed at two metre distances - standard pump bottles cannot
  • One litre soaps mean less labour than 250ml pump bottles, keeping the washroom clear for safely distanced use

Government guidelines

In every workplace, increasing the frequency of handwashing

2. Hand Drying

Provide hand drying solutions to users after the are finished with handwashing.

Our Solution:

  • The science of HEPA dryers - government guidelines recommend towels or hand dryers, but HEPA filters provide an extra level of reassurance
  • Adequate number of units to space people out - if there is only one dryer or towels then queueing will be necessary
  • Paper hand towels are an effective and hygienic means of hand drying, but they create a large amount of waste that must be constantly managed.
  • Proper dryers/towels will ensure that people don't leave the washroom with wet hands

Government guidelines

Providing hand drying facilities - either paper towels or electrical dryers

3. Hand Sanitiser

To ensure washrooms can provide proper hygiene standards

  • The vital third step of hand hygiene
  • Provides ongoing hand protection for people after they have finished washing and drying their hands
  • Ensures that any germs left after hand washing are dealt with

Government guidelines

Providing hand washing facilities or hand sanitiser where not possible

Be Careful Throughout The Washroom

The current pandemic has increased the level of washroom hygiene expected from businesses like your to prevent the spread of the virus. Thoughtout the last 90+ years we have helped businesses keep their wahsrooms hygienic and disease-free.

  • Crowding - Avoid crowding in communal areas in order to maintain social distancing. Queues must be distanced and managed to avoid breaching your maximum occupancy.

  • Door Handles - This common touchpoint possesses a huge risk of cross contamination. After coming into contact with the door handle when entering or leaving the washroom you should clean your hands.

  • Urinals - Using all of the current urinals may breach physical distancing. Certain urinals may need to be closed down in order to maintain social distancing between users.

  • Baby Changing - Changing facilities should be disinfected before and after use.

  • Air - Try to keep the washroom well ventilated. Well-ventilated and clean air is less likely to spread airborn pathogens. If no ventilation outlets exist then consider installing air filters.

Hand Dryers with HEPA Filters

In light of the ongoing Coronavirus situation, proper hand hygiene has never been more important.

Higher grade filters trap smaller particles and provide a higher % kill rate of bacteria and viruses. Hand dryers with HEPA 14 filters provide a high level of hand hygiene. These can capture particles as small as 0.3 microns, removing up to 99.995% of germs from the air expelled onto your hands. 

The higher the filter grade, the better the filter is in trapping airborne particles and cleaning the air. Using dryers with HEPA 14 filters will ensure that every user has the ability to properly and hygienically dry their hands.

We offer 5 hand dryers with HEPA 14 filters:

High grade HEPA filtration can assist in protecting against Coronavirus.

Achieve proper hand hygiene in three steps

1. Hand Washing

The first step in the hand hygiene process is proper hand washing. Using soap while adhering to our handwashing guide will remove a large amount of pathogens from your hands.

See our range of soap dispensers and take the first step towards better hand hygiene.

2. Hand Drying

Even when you’ve managed to wash away any hand pathogens with soap, you need to remove residual moisture to stop them from reappearing. If you leave the washroom with wet hands then you create a breeding ground for the same pathogens to re-emerge.

Our range of hand drying options spans from traditional roller towel dispenser and paper towel dispenser all the way to ultra-hygienic hand dryers with in-built air filters.

3. Hand Sanitising

Finally, when your hands have been properly washed and dried, apply hand sanitiser for extra protection. This will prevent your hands from quickly becoming a pathogen hotspot.

To cope with the recent unprecedented spike in demand, we have made a number of new additions to our hand sanitiser range. This ensures that we can help to safeguard the nation’s hand hygiene.

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