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Dry Hands Hygienically

Over the past few years, the importance of good hygiene has been reinforced in all aspects of our lives as a way of preventing the spread of germs and causing disease.  Ensuring that bathroom facilities in buildings are well maintained, used correctly, and clean has never been more important.

The importance of good hand hygiene

No matter whether you work in a food preparation environment, healthcare, education, or an office, one of the biggest challenges for any employer is to protect their staff and visitors.  Providing washing facilities suitable for the needs of users is an essential requirement.

In cases of food production or healthcare, it is vital that the spread of germs is minimised.  Good, regular hand washing is important to stop transmission of pathogens from one person to another and prevent their build up on surfaces.  

The prevention of illness among staff in businesses and pupils in education is also important, as it ensures that fewer days are lost and improves productivity.  As such, well-maintained bathrooms with good washing and drying facilities are vital.

Different types of hand dryer

When specifying the hardware for bathrooms, most facilities managers will choose between paper towels, or hand dryers.  Reducing waste, environmental impact and costs will often rule out paper towels due to the high CO2 emissions from their manufacture and high stocking costs, not to mention disposal.  This leaves electric hand dryers.

There are two main types of hand dryer on the market.  Warm air or evaporative hand dryers, and jet hand dryers. While both types look similar, they work in very different ways.

Evaporative hand dryers rely on heating the air that passes through them to dry the hands.  As moisture is spread over the skin in the airflow, it effectively boils away.  Jet hand dryers use fast moving air to blow the droplets of water straight off the skin.  In the case of a hands-in hand dryer like the Mitsubishi Electric Wave i01, this moisture is collected in a reservoir for later disposal.

The advantage of a jet hand dryer such as the Mitsubishi Electric Wave u02 in terms of hygiene is that nothing is left on the skin after use.  With a warm air design, as the water evaporates from the skin it leaves behind any traces of soap and bacteria that were suspended in the water.  This can leave a thin layer of residue on the skin after use.

Choosing a no-touch design

No-touch, or automatic hand dryers start to operate when a user puts their hands into the drying area.  A proximity sensor is activated, and the fan begins to work.  This means that unlike in older dryers which were manually operated, there is no need to push a button and risk spreading germs from one person to another.

A further advantage of an automatic design is that the hand dryer only operates for as long as the user has their hands in place.  This can save a substantial amount of electricity when compared to a design which runs on a timer and may continue to operate for some time after the user has left.

Find Out More

Talk to a member of our team about the full range of hygienic hand dryers from Mitsubishi Electric.  Contact us today to request a demonstration or buy online from your local supplier.

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