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 WashroomHygiene

In pursuit of (meaningful) washroomexcellence

Jonathan Hooper, marketing manager at Connect Hygiene Products Ltd, reports.

exist. The simplest solution to achieving non toxic (well, less toxic) hands not only already exists, it seems to be the best! This line of thought is important to

Leonardo as it determines to constantly in- novate and improve its offer.What is the ex- cellence that is being sought?Well, firstly it is about encouraging washroom users to use the facilities at all. One piece on the radio suggested that only some 30% ofmen wash their hands after using the loo whilstwomen do so twice as often.Which in the case of women is creditable but hardly scintillating. In the case ofmen it’s justworrying! Inter- estingly, the use of signs encouraging hand washing was at its best when saying such things as ‘Is the person next to you washing their hands?’, showing peer pressure and conformitywere strong motivators. The first thing though, is to provide the

Recently there have been a number of arti- cles in the national media about hand hy- giene, much of it prompted by the annual global hand washing day campaign held in October. The upshot has been the confir- mation of what most of our industry already knows, namely that the highest standards of hand hygiene are achieved by washing with soap and water and drying on a dis- posable towel. It does occasion the thought that perhaps pursuing development of ever more efficient hand driers is seeking the solution to a problemthat doesn’t actually

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that can take 50-60 seconds to dry the hands. The noise of high-speed hand dryers

may also be considered unacceptable in a large, busy washroom where multiple dry- ers are installed. In a theatre or a stadium, for example, washroom users may wish to discuss the performance, the match, or their plans for travelling home after it has finished - but this may not be possible if the sound of high-speed dryers drowns out all conversation. Our own hand-drying recommendation

for the high-speed washroom is the Tork Matic hand towel roll. This comes in vari- ous formats but all of themallow each washroom user to take one towel and quicklymove on, drying their hands on the go before dropping the used towel in a re- ceptacle that should ideally be supplied near the washroom door. This allows for a seamless journey from the toilet to the sink to the towel dispenser, and then to the door - via the bin. The high-capacity Tork Matic dispenser

holds sufficient paper for more than 400 washroom visitors. This reduces the risk of hand towels running out between serv- ice checks which could result in conges- tion around the only stocked dispensers remaining. The dispenser is available with a touch-

free Intuition sensor which is a good op- tion for hygiene-critical high-traffic washrooms, and in a stylish black or smart brushed aluminium unit for when

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It is not difficult to deliver hygiene at high speeds. All that is required is a well-designed washroom, good dispenser systems and a constant supply of consumables. Once these are in place, hygiene will follow.

image is key. The towel roll itself is also available in different qualities depending on the customer’s priorities. For example, the most economical towelmight be preferred in a public sector institution whereas a softer, more absorbent towel would be pre- ferred in a hygiene-critical environment where a thorough hand dry needs to be achieved quickly. Soap systems in a busy washroom should

be easy to use and housed in long-lasting systems that prevent the risk of soap run- ning out. Tork Foam Soap contains 2500 doses of soap per refill - more than double the number contained in a liquid soap dis- penser of the same size - and therefore en- sures a long-lasting supply. The soap is housed in a dispenser that has been pur- pose-designed to be easy to use even for children and people with reduced hand strength, while the fact that the cartridge

The Leonardo Compact System range was launched to allow washrooms additional flexibility when it comes to placing the dispensers, so encouraging their usage.

dispensers. The Leonardo Compact System range was launched to allow washrooms additional flexibility when it comes to placing the dispensers, so encouraging their usage. When they are in place, the next require- ment is to keep themclean and functional with the minimumof required maintenance time. Up to date dispenser design incorpo- rating easy to clean and easy to monitor fea- tures have been further enhanced by increased capacity, reducing both the num- ber of regular inspections and the risk of the non availability of both towel or tissue. Wastage is the next problem that signifi-

cantly affects the overall cost in use fig- ures. Taking the decisionmaking fromboth the user and the maintenance operative re- spectively, the single sheet presentation and the provision of twin rolls (which means all the material on the roll is used before the next one is engaged) is a proven winner at York Race Course. Its recent in- stallation of Leonardo Systems has shown an immediate and dramatic reduction in wastage and has had the welcome, if unex- pected bonus, of the washrooms being left tidier. This is a real boon when available cleaning time is compressed by the peaks and troughs of the washroom usage pat- tern between the races. A different kind of consideration has been

shown by Skylarks Dementia Home, part of the top rated Church Farms Care Group, providers of respite and nursing care. Here there is a requirement for a regime that also offers meaningful patient insight and respect. So whilst Leonardo’s other attrib- utes are instrumental in achieving an effi- cient washroom provision, for Patrick Atkinson, the owner, there was another major factor: “It’s all a matter of quality and look,” he said. “We went for Leonardo be- cause it is top notch and will be in keeping with everything else from the flooring up- wards.” So two very differentmarket sectors with

common cause in demanding genuine washroomcost effectiveness but with pri- orities altered tomeet their own particular market requirements have benefited from the flexibility and insight that comes with every Leonardo dispensing system. Gen- uine innovation in pursuit of providing the very bestmethod of achieving hand hygiene more effectively and efficiently. Not bad!

takes only a few seconds to change means maintenance staff can quickly refill the dispensers when required. Another good solution in a high-speed washroom is Tork Luxury Spray Soap, a hygienic alternative to bar soaps and bulk- fill soap containers. Tork Spray Soap offers 3200 shots per refill and gives out con- trolled doses of soap, which means the supply is unlikely to run out between maintenance checks. The Tork SmartOne Mini Twin Toilet Roll

Dispenser also works well in a high-speed washroom. The Tork SmartOne systemof- fers single-sheet dispensing which can help to cut consumption by up to 40%*. This reduces the likelihood of the paper supply running out between maintenance checks while also reducing product spend and time spent refilling. The fact that two rolls are housed in the unit means the paper supply lasts twice as long. A re- placement roll can be dropped into the unit during any maintenance check while the second compartment is still In use, and this prevents the need for any waste or paper shortage while also removing the need for cleaners to revisit quickly. It is therefore not difficult to deliver hy-

giene at high speeds. All that is required is a well-designed washroom, good dis- penser systems and a constant supply of consumables. Once these are in place, hy- giene will follow.

* Statistics frominternal research con- ducted in European countries on 7729 users. Standard Lotus Professional Jumbo against the Tork SmartOne.

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