Hand hygiene is the single most important measure we can take to reduce the burden of healthcare-associated infections. Consequently, proper hand drying is essential to hand hygiene

Wet hands that touch a surface will contaminate a clean surface, or be contaminated by a dirty one, more quickly than properly dried hands.

Therefore, once effectively dried, the risk of re-contamination of hands is hugely reduced.

Some facts about hand hygiene

  • Only 5% of people using washrooms wash their hands long enough to kill the germs that cause infections*;
  • 33% of people do not use soap due to its drying effect on the skin*;
  • 10% of people don't wash their hands at all*.

*Source: Borchgrevink et al. 2013, Journal of Environmental Health

We supply a range of roller towels and dispensers, leaving less hazardous waste on site.

The Health Institute of Hygiene and Microbiology (University of Helsinki) studied the effectiveness of four common hand-drying systems in terms of hand hygiene and here is a summary of their findings;

  • Cotton towels remove more bacteria from your hands than warm air dryers.
  • Cotton towels have proven more effective in reducing bacteria through the drying process than the two air dryers included in the study;
  • Cotton towels eliminate the highest number of bacteria from wet hands;
  • The mechanical action of rubbing oneĀ“s hands with cotton contributes to the effective removal of bacteria;
  • Good hand hygiene involves both washing and drying hands.
*Please follow this link to view the material that underpins these conclusions;