70% of people don’t wash their hands before leaving the toilet and even if you are one of those that wash your hands its possible that you may get germs on your hands from the door handle when leaving the toilet. Hear StepNpull company founder Mick talk to the Radio 2 Innovations program about the StepNpull.
This rather amusing notice came to our attention recently, it’s a notice to employees from their employers and business owners. The employees have a crucial hygiene role in the catering industry and its telling them to wash and dry hands before returning to work and as an afterthought in brackets they add that they much use a paper towel to open the door to prevent recontamination.
It’s actually great that a business owner recognises that recontamination takes place after people wash and dry their hands then touch the door handle as its been proved that toilet door handles are harbourers of germs and bacteria from people that fail to wash their hands correctly or simply don’t wash their hands (yes these people exist and we refer to them as ‘walkers’ as opposed to us clean and nice people that wash our hands correctly and are referred to as ‘washers’).
Despite it being great that a business recognises the fact that toilet doors are filthy things it’s not sustainable, healthy or efficient to have every employee to use a paper towel to open the toilet door so we strongly suggest they purchase and install a hands-free door opener and that’s where the StepNpull can help to enable employees to leave the toilet cleanly and efficiently and without them leaving a pile of paper towels behind the door.
Would you be happy knowing that the chance of you not having faecal matter on your food is only reduced if an employee remembers to read a notice and open the toilet door with a paper towel? No we didn’t think so. We suggest they fit a StepNpull and improve the hygiene of employees and reduce the health risks to the people eating the food prepared by these employees.
BBC Essex wanted to know about the new StepNpull product that had been launched in the UK and Europe that aims to reduce the spread of disease by giving toilet users a choice of how to open the door when they leave. It avoids the toilet user from touching a key potentially contaminated touch-point, the dreaded toilet door handle.
Here what Michael Janaway and Danny Crates have to say about the product
The Daily Mail is a major UK newspaper and news website that has recently run a feature about StepNpull, the history of how it came to the UK and gives quotes from a Doctor about his desires for seeing a StepNpull in every pub, restaurant, school and hospital. It also states research saying that if hand hygiene was improved this could reduce infection related deaths.
Read the full Daily Mail StepNpull Article