Cubicle harbours various pathogens including some harmful bacteria and viruses and with the many touch points, we can place ourselves with cross contamination risks. Some of the common contact points include the flush buttons, the door handle, toilet seat and even the feminine hygiene unit. Hence, it is important to embrace optimal hygiene standards in the washroom, by adopting proper cubicle hygiene such as installing adequate sanitary units. Initial shares five essential reasons why the placement of these sanitary bins are important for female users.
Prevents the spread of unpleasant washroom odour
Decomposed waste such as used and stale sanitary napkins can develop a foul smell if uncleared and depending on the frequency to remove them, it can develop into an unpleasant toilet odour. This is especially if the bins are not well secure with a lid and are substituting the bins with normal waste disposal bins. For some units, due to gaps in functionality and design, it does not allow proper disposal of napkins, thus accumulating exposed napkins on the top of the bin that results in maldour over time. Enhance the personal hygiene of the user by adopting proper sanitary napkin disposals with adequate disposing functionality and storage capabilities.
Eliminates the opportunity of attracting pests
Some pests attract o decaying and decomposed matters such as cockroaches and flies are attracted to foul smell and odour. Not adopting the right disposal hygiene can also trigger another set of facility problem, which is managing pest infestation. Yes, pests are common in washroom and toilets because of the abundance supplies of water and moisture, and not forgetting faecal matter and decomposed items that they do feed on. Dealing with a washroom is a complex facility challenging having to address daily user complaints, washroom cleanliness and functionality and the need to eradicate pests. Do note that pests travel and cross infestation may take place if without pest control in place.
Reduce cross contamination risks via contact surface
It is not just the washroom but any contact surface can habour pathogens that stays for hours and in some instances for days. We interact with multiple contacts ranging from hand to hand, office tools and equipment and necessities such as door handle, armchairs and lift buttons. In the toilet, there are a lot more contaminated surfaces including the main door entrance, cubicle door handle, flush buttons, toilet seat, water tap and dispensing units. This is also not forgetting sanitary units that comes with pedal function or a manual lift where we exposed to contamination. The sanitary unit is one item that contains bacteria and viruses that can potentially transmit diseases that made us unwell.
To top it up, if we do not practice optimal hand hygiene and interacts with our face, we place ourselves with health and safety risks. Do you know, there is the sneeze effect taking place in the cubicle with flushing of pathogens into the air that land on surfaces, particularly on the toilet seat and any large surface contact. Going for contactless feminine hygiene by using sensing technology can limit your contact interaction and cross contamination against these washroom hazards.
Enhance washroom hygiene standards for users
Firstly, with the various high-risk contact surfaces you can find in the washroom and the continuous transmission of viruses such as the coronavirus, it is even more important to embrace optimal washroom hygiene. Secondly, as we resume more activities and interact with more human crowd, we place ourselves at many possibilities in falling sick because of disease transmission including E. Coli and Salmonella. Thirdly, we spend substantial amount of time in the washroom, be it in the retail, hotel or workplace. Finally, the activities we engage in the washroom brings a range of bacteria and viruses resulting from sneeze effect, coughing and sneezing and waste disposals. In summary, step up the health and safety for your users by optimising the hygiene standards in the washroom.
Promotes overall washroom experience and image
First impression counts and washroom is generally the most challenging space to instil the positive image because of the following factors:
- Washroom odour that raise daily complaints and concerns among users
- Slippery and wet floor that is unpleasant, unsightly and dangerous
- Lack of washroom facilities such as running out of soap and paper towel
- Soiled toilet seats without availability of toilet seat cleaner to sanitise
- Flush not working resulting in choked toilet bowls with maldour
- Undesired stains of urine and faeces that is not cleared up on the surfaces
- Malfunctioning of pipes and plumbing that causes water leaks and spills
- Water taps not working and deters one from hand washing
With all these daily challenges, washroom has become a common “review target” with users writing their experience and reviews on the washroom they are visiting, and some potentially turn into media topic. Hence, it is an important part of a business, in terms of operations, customer satisfaction and brand image.
About Initial Feminine Hygiene Solutions
The Initial Feminine Hygiene Unit is an innovative sanitary napkin disposal unit that equips with a sensor technology. Instead of using your bare hands to life up the lid, try stepping on the pedal. Where it may not work at times, the unit automatically opens as it sense your wave. With a five-second interval count, the lid stays open for you to dispose drop off the napkin before it closes. In addition, it serves large capacity to cater for high volume traffic. It is suitable even for commercial property, retail mall and industrial manufacturing compound. The surface is coated with integral antibacterial technology to prevent the spread of bacteria and viruses.
In pandemic times like the COVID-19, cross contamination and surface sanitisation is even more important. It keeps us safe and stay protected. The bin also contains an odour-control element that keep stench to a minimal when lid opens. In fact, they also come in refreshing and vibrant colours. They range from silver, red, pink, blue and champagne. Depending on the interior design and outlook of your washroom, it not only serves functionally, but aesthetically as well.
Opt for contactless washroom services today
With the virus transmission and the need to step up protection and safety, it is all more essential to go contactless. This helps to limit interactions and surface contamination. In fact, washroom solutions are now contactless to heighten the hygiene quality. Firstly, there is the feminine hygiene unit that comes with a sensor to allow opening and closing of lid automatically. Secondly, hand soap dispensers and sanitsers are also automatic and non-touched design to prevent further contact with the unit. Thirdly, service reporting and monitoring have also gone digital. This not only save papers and trees, but to avoid multiple contact points with all the papers and documents. In summary, washroom services are designed to upkeep the sanitation standard while protecting people and enhancing lives.
Frequently asked questions about washroom hygiene
What are some common washroom mistakes to avoid?
Besides not flushing the toilet after use, there are other avoidable mistakes. For example, squatting or stepping on the toilet seat that soils and contaminate it. Furthermore, not washing hands after visiting a toilet, keeping hands damp and wet harbours 1000 times more bacteria. Lastly, flicking wet hands on the floor, making them wet and slippery, resulting in trips and fall.
Why is having bacteria on hands harmful to us?
Bacteria can stay on our hands for as long as three hours. Within seven hours, 1 bacteria count can produce as many as over two million bacteria. This is particularly important as we interact and engage with people and come into contact with multiple items and surfaces. If we do not practice optimal hand hygiene, we can transmit diseases easily. Activities such as food preparation, handling kids or elderly and battling a virus can lead to transmission of diseases. Hence, diligent hand washing and sanitising of hands is key in protecting ourselves from contracting those viruses.
What office hygiene do I need to take note as I resume work?
Social distancing and putting on mask is still essential as we reopen and resume more activities and engagement. When you are sick, see a doctor and stay home. Always practice hand sanitation and regular hand washing at all times. Do not leave any used tissues or paper towel around. Dispose them into the bins and request for surface disinfection and sanitisation service to eliminate bacteria and viruses.
What do I need to know about air purification?
There are pollutants, germs, bacteria, viruses and volatile organic compound (VOC) around us. They can be found in a workplace or any indoor space that can cause diseases and even trigger allergy. Air purification like the InspireAir 72 can eliminate a room size as large as 36sqm within ten minutes by using an efficient filtration system with four levels of HEPA filtration and dispensing sanitised clean air 24 hours daily. It can remove as much as 95% of airborne particles. These include VOC and constant monitoring of the air quality including PM 2.5.
How do we go about evaluating a hygiene specialist?
Firstly, it is important to understand the brand reputation, background, credibility and capacity of the hygiene specialist in supporting your washroom solutions. Secondly, check on their resources and labour in order to meet quick responses and large volume deployments. Thirdly, review the innovations, type and quality of dispensers used and consumables where hygiene and safety is top priority. Finally, select a specialist that offers integrated solution that impacts sanitation including drainage solutions and pest management.
Why do we need toilet seat cleaner in a cubicle?
Come into contact with perhaps the most contaminated surface in the washroom like the toilet seat can place us risks for contracting diseases including E. Coli, Staphylococcus, Shigellosis and Salmonella. There are many ways on how pathogens can contaminate the seats. These include flushing bacteria into the entire washroom in less than a minute and staying around for twenty-four hours after a flush activity. Stepping onto the seats, and not clearing up debris and stains on the seat after use also leave behind a whole range of pathogens to be picked up by the next user.
Call Initial Singapore at 6347 8138 for your washroom solutions.