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How hygienic are you?



Newsflash : If you don't wash your hands, they wont be clean!

All advice (especially in light of the COVID pandemic) is to wash
your hands with warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds
before drying them, either with hand towels or a hand dryer.

Your hands must be completely clean before your dry, and
completely dry after drying or you will be transferring germs,
no matter which method you use.

Paper towel manufacturers have famously carried out tests on
the spread of germs when using hand dryers, but some of these
tests have been carried out on artificially and unfeasibly dirty
hands which are obviously going to shed bacteria.
Much mis-information is in circulation since (and before) the coronavirus pandemic. One such piece of mis-information is
in relation to the use of hand dryers.

To help clear this up, lets see what the expert say :

How hygienic are hand dryers?

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Antibacterial surface

Many hand dryer manufacturers use an antibacterial additive in
the covers of their hand dryers, including IONPURE™, Microban™,
Steritouch™ to name a few.

These additives include silver and/or copper ions impregnated
within the surface coating. These silver/copper ions react with
the UV light from the sun or artificial light or moisture in the air
and maintain a sterile surface on the hand dryer.
IONPURE™ - Pebble Hand Dryer
People who do not wash their hands also do not dry them.
So any testing on the spread of germs by using any method of hand drying when hands are
coated in bacteria is not realistic and, indeed, misleading.
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"To protect yourself against the new coronavirus, you should frequently clean your hands with an
alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Once your hands are cleaned, you should
dry them thoroughly by using paper towels or a warm air dryer."
                                                                 World Health Organisation Mythbusters
"There is no significant difference in the hygiene between paper towel use and hand dryers." (Based on
in-depth, independent studies not conducted or funded by the paper towel or hand dryer industries
over the last 30 years)
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Pebble Hand Dryer 3M HEPA Filter

What makes a hand dryer hygienic?

HEPA-filtered Hand Dryers


The level of filtration in a hand dryer is crucial, we only consider
hand dryers with at least Hospital-grade HEPA 13 filtration to
be hygienic. HEPA-13 will capture 99.95% of particles
including bacteria and viruses.

Sterilising hand dryers

Sterilising hand dryers use a UVC and/or plasma generator to
sterilise not only the air passing through the hand dryer, but also
emit an active oxygen mix which sterilises the air
and surfaces within the washroom.

With this type of technology, the sterilising effect is carried
throughout the room, past the user's hands and helps maintain an
all-round clean air environment sterilising all surfaces -
in the same way as the OXIZONE Air Steriliser
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