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“In the drive to protect staff and

customers, facilities mustn’t overlook

their responsibility to protect the

environment too.”

The smart touch

As we continue to live with the threat of the Coronavirus, Rubbermaid looks at the importance of practical hand hygiene solutions.

In 2020, every sector has seen a vast increase in the use of hand hygiene provisions. What was prevalent mainly in healthcare and food manufacturing facilities, is now an important consideration for all facilities.

Recent research by Rubbermaid Commercial Products (RCP) found that more than half of respondents would avoid a facility with no hand hygiene provisions, and three quarters would avoid provisions that looked unclean.

In the drive to protect staff and customers, by implementing hand hygiene provisions, facilities mustn’t overlook their responsibility to protect the environment too. There is a clear need to provide high quality hand hygiene solutions that staff and customers want to use that will also protect our environment.

The LumeCel AutoFoam Touch Free Dispenser combines high quality hand hygiene safety with sustainability benefits. In terms of personal safety, protection is built into the interior system and the external operation of every unit.

Inside an AutoFoam dispenser there is a sealed refill system, eliminating contamination risks. Other dispensers (with open soap reservoirs) that are bulk filled from a large container, can become permanently contaminated with harmful bacteria. For maximum user safety, this requires thorough cleaning or replacing the unit every time it’s ‘refilled’, no matter how new it is. A sealed refill system prevents bulk contamination occurring. After leaving the factory, the first contact for the content of a refill is a user’s hands. Sealed refills keep contaminants out and keeps users safe.

It’s not just the contents that are clean from contamination, it’s the exterior too. Automatic dose dispensing removes the need for users to touch an AutoFoam dispenser at all. Communal surfaces and touchpoints can be a breeding ground for germs and pathogens. AutoFoam dispensers allow users to access hand sanitation without touching the unit. Eliminating touch elevates the safety of a dispenser.


As with safety, sustainability is not just a single component of an AutoFoam dispenser: it’s part of the complete solution.

In order to make automatic dispensers work, power is needed. In many products this is done with lithium batteries. These batteries need repeatedly replacing, creating a stream of waste that is difficult to dispose of responsibly. In 2018, within the EU, less than half of portable batteries were recycled.

The LumeCel green energy system eliminates the need for alkaline batteries. Instead, it captures any light source and stores the energy onboard in a renewable energy cell, which is made from Nickel Metal Hydride. LumeCel works equally well with natural or artificial light. Green energy reduces the need for creating batteries, reduces the volume of commercial battery waste and is the optimal, sustainable solution for facilities.

AutoFoam dispensers’ dose control reduces waste and optimises cost by ensuring maximum use from every refill.

Designed for long service life, AutoFoam dispensers are a solution that gives facilities complete confidence over the long term. Robust construction dramatically reduces the need for replacements. RCP has such confidence in their technology that all dispensers are backed with a lifetime warranty.

Usable straight out of the box, an AutoFoam dispenser is the ideal marriage of safety and sustainability in a single hand hygiene unit. It protects users from germs and contamination, and it protects the planet through long- lasting usage, reduced replacement costs and the efficient use of natural resources.

For many years, RCP research has led to hand hygiene innovation. Today, RCP offers a wide range of tougher, smarter hand hygiene solutions suitable for any facility. Dispensers that are durable wherever they’re deployed, effective no matter who uses them and that contribute to the sustainability drive of the facilities that adopt them.

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