We've all seen it in public bathrooms – people using their elbows to hold doors open just to avoid touching a door handle. There's more information than ever out there on the spread of germs (in fact, we're seeing that flu education is increasing).
If there were a magic bathroom experience utopia, users wouldn't have to touch a single surface – which isn't as unattainable as it seems. Facility managers understand this challenge, but in an age of doing more with less, it seems like a tough task to take on. But it doesn't have to be.
The concept of touchless has been around for more than 10 years, so these days people expect it more often than not. Touchless not only limits users from coming in direct contact with germs, but reduces time spent on refills and maintenance – all while saving money. Here's a breakdown of some of the benefits:
- Prevent the spread of bacteria: Brace yourself - viruses and bacteria such as staphylococcus, E. coli, hepatitis A, the flu and the common cold lurk on bathroom surfaces like door knobs, counter tops, soap pumps and toilet seats. Offering touch-free alternatives helps keep users healthy.
- Waste reduction: Touchless controls the amount of product used, which reduces waste. For example, people grab handfuls of towels from a dispenser, toss them in the trash, leave them on the sink or on the floor. An automated towel dispenser delivers a specific amount of paper, reducing waste and time on refilling.
- Efficiency: People don't want to spend more time in a public bathroom than they have to. Touchless systems create a smooth-running bathroom by delivering the right amount of product without direct contact.
- Cost reduction: Touchless helps save money. By limiting the amount of product used, you spend less time on refilling and less money ordering new product. Facility managers can manage spend and maintenance staff will spend less time cleaning and refilling, saving money.
- Convenience drives compliance: Facility managers include soap in the restroom to encourage hand washing (especially during flu season). When people encounter soiled, bulk fill soap dispensers or non-automated fixtures, they may not wash their hands. Providing a sealed, sanitary, and touchless solution encourages them to do so. This better accomplishes your goals and will reduce absenteeism.
Automated towel, soap, sanitizer dispensers, as well as touch-free fixtures such as automatic flushers and sinks can help. These will reduce touch points in the most germ-filled parts of a restroom and patrons will greatly appreciate it.
For facilities that have not gone touchless yet or are only partway there, consider why the upgrade warrants the investment.
Have you made the switch to a touchless restroom yet?