A survey done by Ngee Ann Polytechnic students with the Restroom Association (Singapore) found that more than half of the 500 respondents were unhappy with the condition of public toilets in coffee shops and hawker centres. Some of the areas flagged for improvement include cleanliness, maintenance and design.
Hygienic toilet facilities promote a positive brand image. On the contrary, a poorly maintained or dirty toilet leaves a lasting impression. What are some of the hygiene gaps and missing washroom products in your workplace washroom?
More than just a flush
Do you know that not flushing a toilet is an offense in Singapore that comes with a $150 fine? Aside from a dent in the pockets, leaving a toilet unflushed can lead to potentially dangerous health risks.
Human faeces can carry a wide range of transmissible pathogens including Escherichia coli, hepatitis A and E. Importantly, exposure to these pathogens can cause illnesses including gastrointestinal and respiratory infections.
However, no matter how many times toilet bowls and urinals are flushed, bacteria can accumulate on surfaces over time. This leads to a series of hygiene issues including encrustation, build-up of bacteria, stains and bad odour. Additionally, each flush releases droplets of harmful micro-organisms into the air.
For a convenient and hygienic solution, you may want to consider using a toilet and urinal sanitiser. Initial Singapore’s toilet and urinal sanitiser releases a dose of sanitising liquid with each flush. The sanitising liquid eliminates bacteria build-up and coats surfaces for an enhanced protection. Not only that, it can be activated by a programmable timer.
What’s that smell
No one likes a foul-smelling toilet, regardless of how clean it may look. A combination of factors can cause unpleasant odours in toilets. These include polluted drainage, encrustation on toilet bowls, bacteria build-up on surfaces and bad toilet habits, for example, not flushing after using the toilet.
For an enhanced user experience, use an automatic air freshener. Initial hygiene’s air fresher is an automated solution that allows you to adjust the frequency of fragrance dispersion to meet the needs of your environment. The air fresheners ensure a consistent dispersion of fragrance throughout the day to tackle even the most unpleasant of washroom odours. Thus, you no longer need to hold your breath for that inevitable toilet visit.
The essential soap and water
It has been widely reported that hand washing is one of the best ways to protect against germs and viruses including coronaviruses. However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), up to 97% of people are washing their hands incorrectly! Here is a 5-step guide from CDC on the correct method to wash your hands:
- Wet your hands with clean, running water
- Apply soap and rub it to produce a lather
- Next, apply the lather to the back and side of your hands, between fingers and under fingernails
- Scrub for at least 20 seconds before rinse
- Dry your hands completely with a dryer or clean towel
Experts have concluded that 20 seconds of scrubbing is the minimum amount of time needed to eliminate germs from hands. Conversely, scrubbing for too long can lead to dry or cracked skin. This disrupts the protective barrier of the skin.
Do you know that one gram of human faeces can contain one trillion germs? Without a doubt, the soap dispenser is an indispensable part of any washroom.
However, unclean hands can transfer bacteria to soap dispensers. Initial’s no touch soap dispenser is activated by motion sensor to provide the ultimate level of hygiene. Furthermore, you do not need to compromise on aesthetics. Initial hygiene washroom solutions come in a range of colours to complement your washroom design.
Additionally, for enhanced hand hygiene, it is ideal to install hand sanitiser dispensers near the exits of washrooms. Initial’s alcoholic hand sanitiser kills up to 99.9% of germs. Initial also offers a no-touch hand sanitiser dispenser that activates with a motion sensor to minimise cross-contamination.
No-touch sanitary bins
In the 1960’s, a bucket system of waste disposal was a common sight in Singapore. Buckets placed under a hole in squat toilets collect waste which were then filled with soil and transported to collection centres. Used sanitary napkins and open defecation led to frequent outbreaks of typhoid fever and diarrhoea.
Thankfully, hygiene practices have improved by leaps over time. Today, every public toilet in Singapore is equipped with female sanitary bins which provide a safe and hygienic method of sanitary waste collection.
Initial’s no-touch sanitary bins provide a hygiene and convenient disposal of sanitary waste. Additionally, the compact bins are also designed with anti-bacterial technology that prevents the accumulation of bacteria.
From wet to dry
Getting from 90 percent dry to fully dry is more important than it may seem. Researchers have found that damp hands spread 1,000 times more germs than dry hands.
However, transferring some of that water to the floor is not a hygienic option either. In a rush for time, users may flick their wet hands in a bid to get rid of the moisture. This leads to wet washroom floors.
Besides being a safety hazard for falls, a wet floor also breeds bacteria, virus and mould. To prevent falls, strategic places to put floor mats include near the wash basin and at the washroom entrance. Besides absorbing moisture and trapping dirt, floor mats add traction and keep the washroom safe for users. Initial hygiene offers a complete range of floor mats for all your washroom needs. The floor mats features:
- High performance: Able to collect up to several litres of water and kilograms of dirt
- Stability with heavy rubber backing
- Reduce falls with reinforced border design
Additionally, Initial provides an integrated and holistic hygiene solution with its hand drying solutions including hand dryer and paper towel dispenser. Ideally, paper towel dispensers and hand dryers should be placed near the wash basin to minimise chances of water being splashed on the floor or around the wash basin.
Clean that toilet seat
Scientists estimate that Earth is home to about 1 trillion species of bacteria. Have you wondered how many germs are lurking on that toilet seat? Approximately, 295 bacteria live on one square inch of an average toilet seat*!
Moreover, contact with a dirty toilet seat is one of the biggest turn off for washroom users. Promote a positive user experience with a toilet and urinal cleaner. Initial’s wall-mounted toilet seat cleaner dispenses an anti-bacteria solution that eliminates disease-causing pathogens on the toilet seat. The dispensed solution is quick-drying and highly effective in sanitising the toilet seat before use. With that, users have no reason to resort to inconsiderate behaviour such as stepping on toilet seats.
What would we do without toilet paper
Toilet paper has been such a mainstay in our daily lives that we cannot do without it. Therefore, in any public washroom, it is important to have more than one toilet roll available at any point of time in case one runs out before it can be refilled. Additionally, toilet paper dispensers protect toilet paper from air-borne bacteria and moisture. Initial’s toilet paper dispenser features a viewing window that allows maintenance staff to check on the supply easily. In addition, it features a lockable cover to prevent theft and an anti-bacterial surface to prevent the inhabitation of bacteria.
Accessibility and washroom products for wheelchair users
Individual washroom cubicles for wheelchair users are usually provided outside toilet clusters of buildings. Besides the essential washroom features mentioned above, accessible toilets should be equipped with wheelchair-friendly features including
- Grab bars beside urinals and toilets
- Ample manoeuvring space for wheelchairs
- Taps should have lever or sensors for an easy reach
- Emergency call buttons
- Height placement for wheelchair users should be considered when mounting washroom products such as soap dispensers and hand dryers
Contact our hygiene experts at (65) 6347 8138 to learn more about Initial Singapore’s complete and integrated washroom solutions. Our hygiene experts would be able to help you to identify gaps in your washroom hygiene needs and provide recommendations to enhance the washroom experience.
* Source: The Sun, GERM ALERT This is how many germs are lurking in YOUR bathroom, and you’ll be horrified at the dirtiest spot