Study proves hot air hand dryers spread dangerous germs

Using paper towels helps to prevent the spread of germs

According to a study carried out by scientists at the University of Leeds and published in the Journal of Hospital Infection*, hand dryers spread five times more germs than using a paper towel. Here at Alpha Consumables we’ve always been champions of the good old paper towel over hand dryers and this study just goes to show what we already know: hand dryers are a potential health hazard!

The University of Leeds study goes to far as to recommend that hand dryers should be banned from hospital toilets as they blow bacteria around the room, spreading microbes across surfaces including clothing, sinks, floors and walls. Obviously this can prove extremely dangerous, especially in environments where there are sick and vulnerable patients. During the study, scientists discovered in locations where hand dryers are used, there were high levels of bacteria which can cause serious illnesses including blood poisoning, pneumonia and gastroenteritis.

Whilst air hand dryers utilise no-touch technology to dry hands, paper towels absorb water quickly and when disposed of correctly, hazardous microbes end up in the bin, rather than on other surfaces. With this in mind, paper towels offer a cost-effective, simple way to help prevent the spread of harmful bacteria.

Paper towels provide an ideal solution for care homes, nurseries, clinics, GP surgeries and schools, helping to prevent the spread of germs and harmful bacteria. This study shows that the method we use to dry our hands really does have an impact upon health so why not ditch the hot air dryers and return to paper towels instead?

Buy hand towels and waste bins from Alpha Consumables

Here at Alpha Consumables our range of paper towels, hand soap and waste bins are available to buy online with efficient, cost-effective delivery times and prices. When used in conjunction with a colour -coded cleaning system, paper towels and soap can help to spread the harmful bacteria which can cause anything from the common cold, through to life-threatening illnesses.

It’s our aim to make buying janitorial supplies including paper towels and colour coded cleaning equipment as straightforward as possible and as the majority of our stock is available to buy in bulk, why not plan ahead and stock up now?


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