Door furniture helps to prevent the spread of bacteria and viruses

Initial Washroom Hygiene launches self-cleaning hygienic door handles and push pads

The new Hygienic Door Handle range releases a small amount of alcohol gel to clean the handle for the next user, helping to reduce the spread of bacteria

Initial Washroom Hygiene has launched a new range of self-cleaning, hygienic door handles and push pads to help break the chain of infection and reduce the spread of Coronavirus and other illnesses.

Doors and door handles are very often high use, shared touchpoints that represent a potential vector for the transmission of microbes.

And they require ‘frequent cleaning’ under the latest government Coronavirus guidance for employers.

The new products in the Hygienic Door Handle range can be easily fitted to any push or pull door in any building environment including health centres and hospitals.

They work by releasing a small amount of ethanol gel under the fingers and hands when pressed, which rapidly disinfects the area touched, ready for the next user.

The door handles work in a similar fashion, releasing a small amount of alcohol gel from an internal bottle to self clean the handle for the next user.

With high-frequency touchpoints being a key vector for the transmission of viruses and illnesses including Coronavirus, it’s essential that facilities managers take every measure to protect building occupants by helping to break the chain of infection

The products can help to reduce the spread of Coronavirus by killing germs in seconds, making one of the most-common building touchpoints safer and more hygienic for staff, customers, and visitors.

They are quick to install and easy to maintain, with replaceable refill bottles for pull handles, and refill pads for push doors, providing a low-maintenance way to create more-hygienic buildings.

And installing the pads on entry doors means every user touches a recently-sanitised surface before entering the building, significantly reducing the likelihood of germs spreading.

The push pads release ethanol gel to rapidly disinfect the area

Initial testing of the products revealed an approximate doubling in healthcare worker use of alcohol hand gel dispensers following the installation of doorplate gel pads in two operating theatre suites.

With a third of people not washing their hands after using the washroom and two thirds not using soap to wash their hands, hygienic door handles and push pads can provide an effective solution to ensure building occupants maintain hand hygiene.

Jamie Woodhall UK technical and innovation manager at Initial Washroom Hygiene, said: “With high-frequency touchpoints being a key vector for the transmission of viruses and illnesses including Coronavirus, it’s essential that facilities managers take every measure to protect building occupants by helping to break the chain of infection.

“Frequent touchpoints such as doors can spread the microbes quickly so installing hygienic door handles and push pads ensures that door handles don’t become an infection hotspot.”

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