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 WashroomHygiene High-speed hygiene


Washrooms in workplaces, service stations and shopping centres need to facilitate a high throughput of visitors while keeping down costs. SCA’s Charlotte Branwhite looks at systems that deliver high-speed hygiene.


basins and drying facilities are positioned strategically so that queues and congestion do not occur. Supplies of soap, hand towels, and toilet


paper should not be allowed to run out be- cause this will put cubicles and basins out of action and result in higher levels of queuing. But this is more difficult than it sounds as it can be hard to predict wash- room footfall in a busy environment. However, we at SCA have carried out


global research into the different types of away-from-home washrooms and the level of traffic these are likely to experience. Our studies have concluded that the important factor to consider when equipping a wash- room is not simply the amount of traffic it is likely to see in the course of the day, but the ‘capacity span’ of the washroom. Washroom footfall on its own becomes ir-


relevant if it is not considered alongside the frequency with which that washroom is serviced. For supplies are just as likely to run out in a low-traffic washroom where cleaning staff make only one check a day as they are in a much busier washroom where frequent service checks aremade. So the term ‘capacity span’ refers to the number of visitors that are likely to fre- quent a washroombetween each service. For example, in a busy environment such


Some washrooms provide a pleasant envi- ronment – even a haven – where we can take time out and maybe wash and brush up, change a child’s nappy or, in the case of women, reapply make-up. But other wash- rooms are more functional places designed to accommodate large numbers of people every day. In service stations, shopping centres, and airports, for example, the washrooms should allow visitors to move quickly in and out with minimal queuing. In such environments it is in the interests of


Some washrooms provide a pleasant environment – evenahaven– wherewe can take time out and maybe wash and brush up, change a child’s nappy or, in the case ofwomen, reapply make-up.


themanagers to speed up the process to enable visitors to maximise their time at the shops. So it is important to come up with the washroom design and the systems that will make this happen. A high-speed washroom should offer


plenty of space and cubicles to enable it to cope with high flows of traffic. Partitions are often used to screen off the entrance to these washrooms rather than doors, and this means that more than one visitor can enter and leave at a time.Meanwhile,


as a shopping centre, service station or air- port, there could be a need to cater for around 300 hand dries between each serv- ice interval. However, in some high-traffic environments - such as stadiums and the- atres - there will be peak periods of traffic during intermissions and after the show has finished. Here 400 plus hand dries could take place between maintenance checks. Air dryers are sometimes installed in


such environments, but if an insufficient number have been supplied there will be a tendency for queues to form - particularly if the dryers are traditional warm-air models


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