STUDY FINDS JET AIR DRYERS SPREAD MORE GERMS THAN DISPOSABLE TOWELS

10th September 2018

Jet air hand dryers should not be used in toilets, according to research that shows they spread more germs than disposable paper towels. The study, led by researchers from the University of Leeds and Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust, and funded by the European Tissue Symposium, investigated whether the way people dried their hands has an impact on the spread of bacteria.

Three hospitals – in the UK, France and Italy – were studied over the course of 12 weeks, with each toilet equipped with both jet air dryers and paper towels, but with only one in operation each day. In the UK and France, five times more bacteria were recovered from the floors when jet air dryers were in use, compared with paper towels. Staphylococcus aureus (including MRSA) was found three times more often and in higher amounts on the surface of the jet air dryers in the UK hospital, compared with the paper towel dispensers.

Mark Wilcox, Professor of Medical Microbiology at the University of Leeds, who supervised the international study, said: "The problem starts because some people do not wash their hands properly. "When people use a jet air dryer, the microbes get blown off and spread around the toilet room. In effect, the dryer creates an aerosol that contaminates the toilet room, including the dryer itself and potentially the sinks, floor and other surfaces, depending on the dryer design and where it is sited. If people touch those surfaces, they risk becoming contaminated by bacteria or viruses." The researchers are calling for Department of Health guidelines to be strengthened: air dryers can currently be placed in public areas of hospitals, but not in clinical areas. This isn't because of the cross contamination risk, but only because of noise. You can read the study online in the Journal of Hospital Infection via the link below

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0195670118303669

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4th September 2018

The Sidcot Group has announced that Julian Bartholet is to join as Group Commercial Director, from 1 June 2018. Julian joins from IPH Brammer, where he was UK Business Development Director. Julian has more than 20 years experience in the cleaning and hygiene industry, having started his career as a Business Development Manager at Deb Group in the late 1990’s. Julian has also worked for over 8 years at Kruger Tissue, as both National Account Controller and then UK / European Sales Manager, and spent four and a half years as Strategic Business Development Manager for Bunzl Safety and Cleaning. He also holds an MBA in Business Administration from Bradford School of Management.

Speaking about his move to the Sidcot Group, Julian said: “I’m absolutely delighted to be coming back into the cut and thrust of the world of paper hygiene and teaming back up with my former CEO from Kruger Tissue; Sidcot Group Owner and CEO Nigel Samuel. “Several years ago, whilst doing my MBA, I made the decision to come out of manufacturing to learn about the major distribution groups and work in that side of the supply chain. So now I’m returning to put into practice what I’ve learnt and help the Sidcot Group build on its success to date and become recognised as a major force in the UK paper hygiene industry.

“This is an exciting time to be joining the Sidcot Group following the acquisition of the former SCA paper mill in Chesterfield, and ongoing investment in the Matryx and Techcel converting operations in Royton, Greater Manchester giving us an opportunity to present a fresh and flexible offer to the UK cleaning industry.”

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