November 19, 2010, 11:40AM
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Soap and warm water to wash handsI am surprised of how many males in western world does not bother to clean their hands after bathroom visits in restaurants. They are possibly spreading bacteria around all door handles and things they touch for hours after. I understand that in un-developed world it is hard to have facilities that helps this issue, and sometimes they have simply a wall that they stroke off their fingers on after the visit. But in western world we show good example and try to find the best solutions to this potential pandemic-spreading problem. There is a slogan for a hand-soap-producer : just 10 seconds of washing kills almost 90% of germs ( i am not sure if it is true, but is good way to change behaviour )
Helping with the attitude towards washing hands Or about old or new methods how people manage without using/wasting as much water or energy or towels.
At bathrooms they can equip faucets, taps and soap dispensers to the "hands-free" way. One simply move the hand some inches below the water tap to make it start for 10-15 seconds. Same with Soap dispenser. So you would not need to push a button that is touched by hundreds of people before you.
I have seen in airport-bathrooms hand-cleaners & driers that operate with water vapor mixed with sanitising/bacteria-killing spray. you put your hands in a pocket in the wall, it is in two seconds fastly sprayed with the mix of alcohol and water mist, and in next 3-5 seconds it blows high pressured air of just above body temperature, so no unneccessary water or electricity is wasted.
And of course automatic door openers for bathrooms is useful, to prevent people from having to touch the handle.
In very modern food-producing industry I have seen automatic hand sanitisers that staff walk through at the start and end of each shift, as well as on the way in and out of the lunch/break-room.
Inspiration submitted by: Johan Löfström
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