If you need to decide between a and a simple Bobrick Paper Towel Dispenser and a Bobrick Automatic Hand Dryer take a look at the results of this study conducted recently comparing the two:
A series of tightly controlled experiments carried out in December 2008 by a group of scientists at the University of Westminster in London, England found that paper towel drying actually reduced the average number of bacteria on the finger pads by up to 76 percent and on the palms by up to 77 percent, and, by comparison, electric hand dryers actually caused bacteria counts on the hands to increase.
Watch this video, it shows a solution to the problem of dispensing more than one towel at the time. Cut your c-fold paper towel use by twenty percent!
Available for many Bobrick Paper Towel Dispenser models
• TowelMate™ accessory
• Constructed of type-304 stainless steel
• Reduces waste by 20 – 40%
• Black nylon support rod prevents papers from bulging, sagging or falling through opening
• Fits Bobrick ConturaSeries™ models B-4369 & B-43699; TrimlineSeries™ B-359, B-35903, B-369, B-3699 & B-36903 & ClassicSeries™ B-359
• Also fits other manufacturers’ similar models
• Retrofits into installed towel dispensers
Test results of the Westminster study found:
• Traditional warm air dryers increased the average number of bacteria by 194 percent on the finger pads and by 254 percent on the palms.
• Jet air dryers increased the average number of bacteria on the finger pads by 42 percent and on the palms by 15 percent.
The scientists also carried out tests to establish whether there was the potential for cross contamination of other public washroom users and the public bathroom environment as a result of each type of drying method. They found:
• The jet air dryer, which blows air out of the unit at claimed speeds of 400 mph, was capable of blowing micro-organisms from the hands and the unit and potentially contaminating other washroom users and the public bathroom environment up to 6.6 feet away.
• Use of a traditional warm air hand dryer spread micro-organisms up to 31.5 inches from the dryer.
• Paper towels dispensed through a standard method such as the Bobrick paper towel dispenser showed no significant spread of micro-organisms.
The Westminster results confirmed previous studies that show thorough hand drying with a paper towel is not only the most effective way to dry hands and reduce bacteria but also the most hygienic when it comes to preventing the spread of bacteria in a public restroom.
The results of this study makes the case for using a good old fashion paper dispenser. Try a Bobrick paper towel dispenser and you cannot go wrong.