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Forget Street Smart, Become DryWise

Aside from hygiene, PHS Washrooms looks at other factors behind Ian Wade’s decision to install the new DryWise® Roller Towel System at BMA House.

It looks as though the great hand drying debate is set to rumble on forever; research has explored almost every angle and still there is no defi nitive answer. The truth is that when selecting a hand drying system, it’s impossible to please everyone. So, when undertaking the job of providing a hand drying option for visitors and staff, the pressure is on to choose an attractive solution that is not only hygienic, but which will also fi t in with company policy, complement the surroundings, and encourage usage.

Recently tasked with this challenge, Ian Wade, House Manager at BMA House in Tavistock Square, London, drew on his knowledge of the building and experience as a facilities manager when making the decision to install PHS’ new DryWise® Roller Towel System. In all, 118 units were fi tted at various locations in the Grade II listed site.

The new 100% cotton DryWise® towel, housed in a stylish, narrow profi le antibacterial cabinet, is not only soft on the skin, but also employs N9 Pure SilverTM to create arguably the most hygienic roller towel system in the UK. The comfortable towel reaches all parts of the hand, providing thorough dryness. The rubbing action during the drying process removes bacteria from the hands on to the towel, where silver affects the chemical bonds of the bacteria’s cell structure, causing it to quite literally fall apart.


Unaffected by laundering or friction, N9 Pure SilverTM lasts for the lifetime of the towel, without affecting softness or absorbency, and together with SteriTouch® antibacterial surface protection on the DryWise® cabinet, effectively combats the spread of E-coli, Salmonella, MRSA and Listeria. To be certain that cross- contamination doesn’t occur, used parts of the towel are stored in a completely separate compartment of the unit from the clean and ready-to- use section.

Swab testing carried out in various different areas of the toilets at BMA House over a 15-day period following the installation of the DryWise® Roller Towel System, found that aerobic counts actually decreased on the new towels and cabinets. “We have installed the DryWise® Roller Towel System throughout BMA House for a combination of reasons,” explained Ian. “Not just because of its anti-microbial properties, but because it also suits our building.”

This beautiful old building, designed in 1911, is home to the Head Offi ce of the British Medical Association, which serves as the trade union and professional association for doctors and medical students throughout the UK, and promotes the aims of quality healthcare. Restrictions on cabling in many old buildings mean that it isn’t always possible to fi t electrical equipment into a bathroom. The DryWise® Roller Towel System automatically rewinds

used towel sections into a separate compartment within the unit, without the need for a mains power supply or batteries, keeping unsightly and potentially hazardous loops of towel neatly encased within the cabinet.

The system’s quiet operation is also preferable in areas adjacent to meeting and conference venues, where noise restrictions are in place in order to avoid the distraction of the delegates, and it’s automatic rewind means that users are likely to take just one pull per dry rather than the two or three commonly demonstrated with the use of manual roller towels. So, although narrower and typically 2m shorter than alternatives, each roll will cater for approximately 100 uses – signifi cantly more than each manual roller towel where sections of clean towel are often wasted.

Another big plus is that, since the towels can be washed and re-used time and time again and the cabinet is made from recyclable plastic and metal, the DryWise® Roller Towel System fi ts nicely within the environmental policy at BMA House, and its status as a winner of the Silver Green Tourism Award.

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