Given that provision of hand sanitisation is worthwhile, and is likely to become a long-term measure, (see our previous blog) how do you know if your hand sanitisation system is fully effective?
Bearing in mind that the aim is to minimise the risk of any virus entering and then spreading throughout your building, what does an effective system look like? If you are responsible for managing your business’s hand hygiene systems, here are five key factors to consider:
- How robust is your dispenser?
Whatever mechanism you use to dispense sanitiser, it is important that it is strong enough to withstand the volume of doses it will need to make – this can often be underestimated! There are many rudimentary pump systems out there that are just not up to the job. Unless you have a replacement for a faulty dispenser immediately to hand, there will inevitably be a period of time when there is no provision and protection is compromised.
2. Is your system touch-free?
Multiple numbers of potentially infected fingers placed on a pump dispenser one after the other makes having a hand sanitiser ultimately futile. Touch-free systems will significantly cut down the risk of infection and really should be the only method used.
3. What happens when your sanitiser liquid runs out?
Most systems require somebody to closely monitor when sanitiser liquid is about to run out and is tasked with replenishing or replacing with more liquid. For unmanned dispensers, users will all too frequently not bother notify somebody when a replacement is required but instead go ahead and enter a space without cleansing. A connected, automated sanitisation system that notifies those responsible when liquid levels are low are the most effective way to ensure a seamless, continuous supply of sanitiser.
It is also important to be realistic about the volume of sanitiser that you are likely to require in the first place. Choosing a sanitiser system with a large enough volume reservoir will help ensure that you can replenish with minimal disruption.
4. Can users choose whether to sanitise or not?
Our busy lives, and simple human nature dictates that unless we are compelled do something we invariably go for the path of least resistance! A recent anecdotal observation outside our nation’s largest DIY retailer revealed that in a 10-minute timeslot, all twenty customers that walked into the store, completely ignored the sanitiser pump located next to the door. Mandatory sanitising units integrated to building entry systems, where access is denied if hands are not sanitised, are by far the best way to ensure that every entrant has effectively cleansed hands.
5. Is your sanitiser secure?
It is a sad fact that unsupervised sanitiser systems in public spaces such as shopping centres and playgrounds, can be subject to vandalism and theft. In these environments, it is important to ensure that your units include a secure space for the sanitiser liquid. The ideal system would include a separate lockable area to house the sanitiser.
Some related facts about Steriloc Hand Sanitisation Units
- Under stress test conditions the Steriloc dispensing system continues to work well for over 1 million dispenses
- Generous reservoirs minimise the need for sanitiser replenishment with most units capable of dosing 25,000 dispenses between refills
- All but the Steriloc Shield are data enabled for ‘low-sanitiser’ alerts
- All units are touch-free
- All units can be seamlessly integrated with most door access systems
- All units have lockable sanitiser reservoirs