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FEATURE


Airdri Go Back To School


In their quest for an inclusive washroom, Airdri have been working hard to reduce the noise output of their hand dryers. James Clark, Group Commercial Director of The Airdri Group tells us about how their journey took them back to school.


Every decision made during the design cycle of a product has the potential to include or exclude customers. Inclusive design emphasises the important contribution that understanding user diversity makes to informing design decisions and addresses variation in capabilities, needs, and aspirations. Failure to correctly understand the users can result in products that exclude people unnecessarily and leave many more frustrated.


Airdri are committed to breaking down unwarranted barriers in the washroom. Too often the end user is excluded or intimidated by sound levels, poor design and physical placement of products. The shape, size, power or noise of some dryers can alienate people from using them, which has implications for effective washroom hygiene. Our aim is to produce a range of innovative, inclusive products that accommodate the unique requirements of every organisation and their end users.


Looking at the educational sector as an example, providing pupils with inclusive, accessible products


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to make handwashing and drying activity a pleasure and not a chore is crucial. The spread of infections or virus outbreaks can have far- reaching consequences, leading to pupil or staff absenteeism with a knock on effect on learning and cost implications such as having to pay for a supply teacher.


Our aim is to produce a range of innovative, inclusive products that accommodate the unique requirements of every organisation and their end users.


Hand dryers are a perfect option for school washrooms as they are a hygienic alternative to roller towels, offering less chance of cross infection. They also eliminate the risk of paper towels being strewn across fl oors or even thrown down toilets, causing expensive blockages and mess. When dryers are designed appropriately for pupils, so that hands can be


comfortably and properly dried, its hands up for washroom hygiene.


We recognise that, in the primary school sector, some children can be reluctant to use hand dryers due to fear of the loud noise emitted. Noise reduction is built into the design of all our dryers to ensure that no-one feels excluded or intimated by products within the washroom environment.


Back To School When Chesterton Primary School, which has 196 pupils in seven classes in Cirencester, Gloucestershire, heard that our dryers have noise reduction built into the design, it knew it had found the perfect solution for the washroom. The school chose The Quad, one of four of our dryers which have achieved the Quiet Mark – an international mark of excellence from the UK Noise Abatement Society. Due to its low decibel levels, the dryer is not harmful to sensitive ears, whilst also being carefully designed to be reliable and energy effi cient.


Reinforcing the importance of healthy hand hygiene behaviour can take place throughout schools and


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