Brightwell Dispensers takes a look at the measures organisations can take in their washroom to reduce the spread of infectious diseases.

According to the CDC (Centres for Disease Control and Prevention), washing hands properly is the single most important thing we can do to keep ourselves from getting sick and spreading illness to others. We are currently living in challenging times and correct hand hygiene is more important than ever to help to minimise the spread of infection.

Hands are one of the most common ways of transmitting illness. This is by direct contact, unwashed hands and by touching common objects such as doorknobs. But what if the way we are washing our hands is leaving them ridden with more germs? Anything that is touched regularly is a breeding ground for germs and bacteria. Whilst patrons of hospitals, restaurants and schools do often go to great lengths to avoid touching surfaces in public washrooms (using their bodies to open doors, covering the toilet flushes with paper when using, etc.), these measures do not always extend to soap or paper dispensers.

Touch free dispenser solutions for effective

Touch free products have huge benefits across public washrooms, commercial kitchens, hospitals, care homes and any area where germs can transfer from object to person, person to person and person to object. They are a cost-effective, safe and hygienic solution.

Clean facilities help combat the spread “Hand

hand hygiene Straightforward hand washing with soaps and alcohol disinfectants greatly reduces the risk of cross-contamination and infection; however, contamination can also happen by touching the dispensing system. Anything that is touched regularly can become a breeding ground for germs, increasing the risk of spreading germs and bacteria. For facilities conscious about cross-contamination, touch free soap and paper dispensers are ideal. Users place their hands underneath the unit and it dispenses soap and paper without contact. It is suggested that the best way to wash your hands in public effectively and safely is to use touch-free soap dispensers. Touch free solutions are becoming more popular as they remove contact with commonly touched objects, so there is less risk of cross-contamination.

washing is

counterproductive when we don’t dry

of infection Correct hand hygiene is one of the most effective ways of preventing the spread of germs and infection. It is equally important to have effective cleaning regimes in place to help reduce the spread of harmful bacteria and infections. Effective cleaning regimes need to ensure all surfaces are cleaned with the correct cleaning solution and equipment. Any frequently touched surfaces including worktops, desks, sinks, toilets and door handles need to be cleaned and disinfected regularly to limit the spread of germs and cross- contamination.

our hands, as damp skin can spread bacteria.”

Using the right cleaning chemicals combined with the correct equipment and cleaning routines is therefore crucial in achieving the best cleaning results and in creating a hygienic and clean environment. It is also important to remember that as well as using the correct cleaning chemical, the right dosage is just as important. Many companies are using highly concentrated

cleaning chemicals and the best way to correctly

dilute and dose concentrated chemical is by using a chemical dilution system.

Hand washing is counterproductive when we don’t dry our hands, as damp skin can spread bacteria. The World Health Organisation recommends the use of paper hand towels within its guidelines on hand hygiene in healthcare to improve hygiene standards. Paper towels are single-use so they work to reduce cross-contamination in washrooms as well as reducing the number of bacteria present on hands by being the faster drying option compared to air hand dryers.


Chemical dilution systems work by ensuring quality results and reducing waste by diluting and dispensing chemicals accurately when required. A chemical dispensing system is a piece of equipment that doses or dilutes chemical at the point of use, by the end-user. When measuring concentrated chemicals manually often desired results aren’t reached due to possible inaccuracy. Chemical dilution systems were designed to solve this problem, by dosing the correct and required amount, each time.

Correct hand hygiene is the most effective way in preventing the spread of germs and to protect yourself and others but it is also important to have effective cleaning regimes in place to help reduce the spread of harmful bacteria and infections.

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