Hand washing is one of the most basic ways we are taught to avoid getting sick and prevent the spreading of germs. But almost equally as important, is how we choose to dry these freshly clean hands. Here lies the decade-long debate:
Are Hand Dryers More Hygienic Than Paper Towels?
According to a study published in the April 2018 edition of Applied and Environmental Microbiology, you may want to think twice before you use hand dryers in public restrooms. Researchers say that hot air dryers actually spread bathroom bacteria that cause disease and infection. Another study in the Journal of Hospital Infection supports this finding stating that jet-air dryers have 27 times higher bacteria levels than paper towel dispensers.
In short, hand dryers suck in fecal bacteria, among other germs, and blow it all over your hands! Surprised? Morcon isn’t! If you have the option to dry your hands with a paper towel, do it. There are no significant findings that using paper towels can cross contaminate.
Though there is also the concern that paper towels and their dispensers are harmful to the environment. This is a myth Morcon can certainly debunk by providing our very own eco-friendly and 100% recycled towel products.
Taking this a step further, according to CMM’s 2018 In-House/Facility Management Benchmarking Survey, and the below infographic, health & safety was a top issue for many of this year’s respondents, ranking 1 and 2 as the most important issues they deal with. Restrooms were also mentioned as a challenging area across most of the industry segments. Luckily, investing in paper towels and the right tissue and napkin products can help businesses in every industry -from health care and education to commercial and hospitality- address those concerns.
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Morcon and ISSA understand how important clean environments are to the business, its employees and customers, so you should too! We encourage you to stay healthy and environmentally friendly by investing in paper towels.
Follow the link for a full guide of Morcon’s paper towel lines and product dispensers.