As we know Hospitality is one of the biggest sectors hit hardest by the pandemic. Back in March 2020 COVID-19 was spreading fast throughout Europe and the UK, forcing businesses within the hospitality sector to close their doors.
It just so happened that the ‘Head of Infection Control and Facilities’ at the Hard Rock Group Europe saw one of our posts on social media. We were subsequently contacted to enquire how StepNpull could help them with infection control and making the business more COVID Secure.
‘StepNpull would prove to be the perfect product to combat the spread of infection and disease across their busy hospitality venues generating a very high daily footfall due to being a low cost but highly effective product, eliminating 100% of cross contamination from door handle contact’.
We spent many hours devising a plan on how to successfully rollout StepNpull ‘The Foot Handle’ to Hard Rock Cafe locations throughout the UK and Europe.
Our director Michael Janaway worked closely with the team at Hard Rock Cafe to successfully plan and facilitate the manufacture and distribution of large quantities of the StepNpull product within a tight deadline.
As these products would be customer facing every StepNPull dispatched was laser etched with the Hard Rock Cafe recognised brand visual.
Large quantities of StepNpull have been successfully distributed to Hard Rock Cafe locations throughout the UK and Europe, providing a powerful and reliable barrier in the fight against COVID19 and the spread of general infection.
Fire doors are a vital part of fire safety and can only do their job in preventing the spread of fire and smoke if they are closed. A few minutes of ‘propping’ a door open can lead to grave consequences. If a fire door is wedged open this means that a fire can spread, at worst it will slow down the fire and smoke so people can be evacuated safely, at best it will save lives and protect the building from damage.
Keeping a fire door shut can hold a fire in a room for up to 30 minutes, which would usually give Fire and Rescue Service the time to respond and be attending the fire before it has a chance to spread. This critically gives people time to escape or seek refuge, and also allows the emergency services a safe and protected route into the building. It is even possible that an insurer would not pay as a result of fire doors being left open and there are penalties for not following the rules. A Norwich Landlord was jailed for 21 months and the Humber Landlords Association were fined £100,000. Fire doors are there for a reason and must be kept closed
There are lots of reasons that people wedge open fire doors, we all know they can be a pain when you are carrying a tray of drinks or if you are trying to navigate big heavy luggage. They can be a struggle if you are in a wheelchair or pushing a buggy and now on top of everything else; we are all aware that touching door handles can transfer germs on to our hands. With the rise of Covid-19, more and more people are reluctant to touch door handles as they are afraid of contamination, however, where fire doors are concerned, it is not a solution to avoid germs by wedging a fire-door open.
There is a simple solution with a device called StepNpull® The Foot Handle, a foot operated door pull which mounts on any commercial latch-less wood or metal door, and gives the user the option of pulling the door open with their foot instead of the door handle. It is the perfect solution for providing a touchless passage through a door. The surface area of StepNpull® which is in contact with the door face is small and the bolt through fixing is the same as those used to fix pull handles to door leaves. Therefore, following the users own risk assessment, this simple device can be used on fire doors. Don’t use the Corona-virus pandemic as an excuse for keeping your fire doors open, it is not an excuse as fire is a killer and germs can be avoided by providing a solution in the form of hands free door opening – StepNpull® The Foot Handle
We are very happy and proud to say that StepNpulls have now been fitted in Jamie Oliver’s Dad’s restaurant (The Cricketers, in Clavering Essex) the restaurant where the celebrity Chef started his career. Its a lovely restaurant, we recommend you check it out if you are passing.