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The On-The-Go Scenario


SCA’s Charlotte Branwhite explains how smart systems can limit cross- contamination and promote good hygiene even in transport cleaning.


The potential for spreading infections in busy transport facilities is pretty frightening. In confined spaces such as aeroplanes and train carriages, people are forced to sit closely together, share arm rests and touch the same handles.


Space is not so restricted in railway stations, airports and ferries, but here there will still be large crowds of people from all over the country – or the world – who will inadvertently be sharing their infections and viruses. The fact that colds and flu are both rife during the winter months means it is essential that hygiene is maximised in transport facilities.


However, this is not an easy task for the washroom manager. Toilet cubicles on trains and aircraft, for example, tend to provide the only hand washing facilities available to passengers. Hand washing should of course take place after using the washroom, but ideally, people should also wash their hands before eating and after activities such as blowing the nose. If they are to be encouraged to do so, washroom queues should be kept to a minimum, and all toilets should remain in service during the course of the journey.


In a busy airport or railway washroom, the soap supply should be long-lasting and easy to access. Tork Foam Soap contains 2,500 doses of soap per


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refill — more than double the number contained in a liquid soap dispenser of the same size — which ensures a long-lasting supply while helping to keep down costs. Similarly, Tork Mild Liquid Soap works well in busy airport or railway station washrooms where cost is a consideration.


Another good solution is Tork Spray Soap which is more hygienic than bar soaps and bulk-fill soap containers since it comes in an enclosed cartridge. Tork Spray Soap is also highly economical since it offers 3,200 shots per refill and gives out controlled doses of soap, which means the supply is unlikely to run out between maintenance checks.


Flushable hand towels, such as Tork Flushable Singlefold Hand Towels, are ideal on a train or an aircraft, designed to dissolve quickly in water to prevent blockages in flight if a user puts them down the toilet rather than in the bin.


The Tork SmartOne® Mini system is compact and will fit into most smaller cubicles, while for larger transport facilities, a twin version houses two rolls for a longer-lasting paper supply. A replacement roll can be dropped into the unit while the second compartment is still in use, reducing the risk of waste or paper shortages.


In an airport or railway station washroom there will be more space for


larger dispensers and longer-lasting systems, and here the Tork Matic® Hand Towel Roll works well. The dispenser holds sufficient paper for more than 400 washroom visitors, thereby reducing the risk of hand towels running out between service checks. It’s available with a touch- free Intuition™ sensor to maximise hygiene, and in various paper qualities depending on whether the aim is to impress airport guests or facilitate a high throughput of train passengers.


Since it can be difficult to keep toilets clean between users in busy transport washrooms, it’s a good idea to equip each cubicle with a toilet seat cleaner to allow passengers to take hygiene into their own hands. The Tork Toilet Seat Cleaner, for example, can be used in conjunction with toilet tissue to clean the seat before use.


Keeping transport toilets clean and sanitised can be a major challenge given the vast numbers of people using the same washrooms over the course of each day. However, with smart systems and careful management, passengers can have the washroom and hand washing facilities they need, wherever they need them.


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