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. Outbreaks of illness have brought even more attention to “going touchless”.
If there were a magic bathroom 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, and the upgrade has considerable benefits.
The concept of touchless has been around a long time, 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: Viruses and bacteria such as coronaviruses, staphylococcus, E. coli, hepatitis A, the flu and the common cold lurk on bathroom surfaces like doorknobs, counter tops, soap pumps and toilet seats. Offering touch-free alternatives helps keep users healthy.
- Waste reduction: Touchless dispensers also help control the amount of product used, which reduces waste. For example, people often grab handfuls of towels from an over-filled dispenser, then toss them in the trash or leave them on the sink or floor. An automated towel dispenser delivers a specific amount of paper, not only reducing waste and time for refilling, but also avoiding a potential cross-contamination surface.
- Efficiency: People don't want to spend more time in a public bathroom than they must. Touchless systems create a smooth-running bathroom by delivering the right amount of product without any direct contact with germ-infested surfaces.
- 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 their supply costs and maintenance staff will spend less time cleaning and refilling — less labor means saving money.
- Convenience drives compliance: When people encounter soiled, potentially contaminated, “bulk fill” soap dispensers or non-automated fixtures, they may decide to not wash their hands. Providing a sealed, sanitary and touchless solution encourages them to properly wash their hands. This better accomplishes your goals and will help keep occupants healthy, and can thus reduce absenteeism.
Automated towel, soap and sanitizer dispensers, as well as touch-free fixtures such as automatic flushers and sinks, can help. These reduce the touch points in one of the most germ-filled parts of a restroom.
For facilities that have not gone touchless yet or are only partway there, consider why the upgrade truly warrants the investment. We now have heightened awareness of proper hygiene, and the peace of mind associated with touchless restroom dispensers should definitely be considered in your healthier workplace.
For more information or a consultation, please email JanSanHelp@staples.com.