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Toilet Seat Germs and More

By | Business, Paper, Safety, Work Smarter

Using a public restroom can be unpleasant (doesn’t have to be), but are toilet seat germs a deadly threat? The hand dryer might be a greater source of bacteria. If you are a business owner, be aware of the effect your restrooms have on customers’ opinions. One way to work smarter is to work cleaner.

Can You Really Catch Germs From a Public Toilet Seat?

“Developing an infection from your bottom sitting on a toilet seat is very unlikely, as most intestinal diseases involve hand-to-mouth transfer of bacteria as a result of faecal contamination of hands, food and surfaces.”
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Restroom Hand Dryers Are Blowing Bacteria Everywhere

“Restroom hand dryers don’t just blow — they also suck. When they hoover up air, they also siphon in bacteria, which includes microbes carried into the room on people’s skin, and those left behind by waste after a person uses and flushes a lidless toilet. Then, after sucking these microbes up, the dryers spew them out again — in abundance, according to a recent study.”
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Does Your Restroom Give a Bad Impression of Your Business?

“Nearly 70 percent of surveyed Americans say they’ve had an unpleasant restroom experience due to the condition of the facility. Survey participants listed their biggest aggravations as a lack of toilet paper and paper towels, clogged toilets, broken stall doors, foul odors, and an overall dirty or outdated appearance.”
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Yelp Will Now Show You Restaurant Hygiene Scores

“Yelp announced today that the platform will start featuring hygiene scores of restaurants alongside reviews, photos, and other information. As of today, the feature is available in California, Illinois, New York, Texas, and Washington, DC, but Yelp says it intends to roll the initiative out in other states soon. Eventually, hundreds of thousands of U.S. restaurants should have their hygiene scores listed publicly on Yelp.”
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On a Roll: The History of Toilet Paper and Restroom Paper Products

“The idea of a commercial product designed solely to wipe after restroom use started about 150 years ago in America. When paper products on a roll hit the market in 1890, the idea gained widespread traction and popularity, despite the fact that many consumers were embarrassed to purchase it.”
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3 Ways to Make Your Workplace Safer Through Hand Hygiene

By | Hand Care, Paper, Safety

Hand hygiene is crucial in the workplace. Illness-causing germs can spread quickly, and keeping your hands clean is the best way to prevent your coworkers and yourself from getting sick. Here are three simple steps you can take to make sure proper hand hygiene is available to your employees, customers, and visitors.

Make sure all your restrooms have good, working soap dispensers

Hand Sanitizer DisplayThe free standing pump bottles of soap from the department store are fine for home use, but a business setting requires a better system. You need large capacity wall mounted soap dispensers, and you need to keep them filled. Make sure you have a way to quickly repair or replace a dispenser if it starts leaking or malfunctioning. Paying for soap service can relieve you of headaches like this; the service provider is responsible for maintenance.

Make hand sanitizer available to everyone

Alcohol based hand sanitizer isn’t terribly expensive. Keep plenty of it around, in various forms — wall-mounted dispensers, pump bottles, and giveaway-sized bottles. The small bottles of sanitizer even make great promotional items; have them branded with your logo, and they not only help prevent illness, they become advertising. However you choose to make hand sanitizer available to employees and visitors, don’t be stingy with it. Make it abundantly available to everyone. It costs little and benefits much.

Make paper towels available in the restrooms

Even if you have warm-air hand dryers in your restrooms, offer users the choice of paper towels as well. Paper towels are more effective overall, for several reasons:

  • Some hand dryers can actually blow out bacteria.
  • Hand dryers depend on users washing and drying their hands longer than most people do.
  • The friction of paper towel use removes bacteria from the hands.
  • Many users will simply not wash their hands if they have to use the hand dryer instead of paper towels.

The last thing you want to do is create an environment where a customer might get sick. If you have employees, you want to keep sick days to a minimum. Providing proper hand hygiene is an easy, relatively inexpensive way to keep your facility safe.

Paper Towels vs Hand Dryers

By | Hand Care, Paper

In the paper towels vs hand dryers debate, paper towels win. One reason towels are more effective is that many people do not wash their hands thoroughly enough. The friction from paper towel use can remove germs that did not get washed away. Another reason is that air dryers take too long, and people leave before their hands are dry. Read the articles linked below for more.

Which Gets Hands Cleaner: Paper Towels or Air Dryers?

“Overall, paper towels seem to win. The trouble with hand dryers is that most people don’t use them long enough for their hands to get fully dry. Plus, a few studies have suggested that hand dryers — both standard and the fancy new jet dryers — may be spewing out bacteria owing to the contaminated air droplets in the restroom.”
http://sciof.us/1Kn9YnJ

Eww! Only 5 percent of us wash hands correctly

“It takes 15 to 20 seconds of vigorous hand washing with soap and water to effectively kill the germs, the CDC says, yet the study found that people are only washing their hands, on average, for about 6 seconds.”
http://bit.ly/1Pzdejp

Burning Question: Air Blowers or Paper Towels?

“The Mayo Clinic published a comprehensive study of every known hand-washing study done since 1970. The authors concluded that drying skin is essential to staving off bacteria, and that paper towels are superior to driers: They’re more efficient, they don’t spatter germs, they won’t dry out hands and most people prefer them.”
http://on.wsj.com/1HkOCkR

The paper towel-hand dryer wars are over

“I defy you to find anyone who actively enjoys hand dryers…People don’t want to use them. And it turns out that the friction paper towels offer is actually an essential ingredient in removing germs.”
http://wapo.st/1eiWcoU

The Hygienic Efficacy of Different Hand-Drying Methods: A Review of the Evidence

“From a hygiene viewpoint, paper towels are superior to electric air dryers. Drying hands thoroughly with single-use, disposable paper towels is the preferred method of hand drying in health care. The provision of paper towels should be considered as a means of improving hand hygiene adherence among health care workers.”
http://1.usa.gov/1AnBpKJ