Are Hand Dryers Really Hygienic?

Published By : 22 Apr 2016 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

Hand dryer plays a pivotal role in washroom hygiene. Usually installed across public washrooms for the purpose of drying hands, this electrical device is operated either manually by pushing a button or automatically with the help of sensors. Hand dryers are being increasingly installed across hospitals, shopping malls, educational institutes, railway stations, airports, restaurants, and others. The growing awareness about hygiene has boosted the demand for hand dryers across various sectors especially the healthcare and food processing sectors.

The growing concern about wastage of water across public washrooms has propelled the demand for hand dryers. The rising awareness about washroom hygiene and the need for eco-friendly solutions have augmented the growth of the global hand dryers market. Increase in the number of hotels and restaurants has also contributed significantly towards the sales of hand dryers. However, the high initial investment regarding installation of hand dryers might play spoilsport in the demand from the market. Further, installation of hand dryers leads to noise pollution. 

Hand Dryers Might be Spreading More Bacteria Compared to Paper Towels

Though hand dryers have been promoted as easy and convenient means to resist spread of germs, research studies are revealing some startling facts. According to a recent study by the University of Westminister, hand dryers can spread up to 1,300 times more bacteria compared to paper towels. In the study, the researchers compared three modes of hand drying: a warm dryer, a jet air dryer, and paper towel. The findings have pointed out that jet air dryers can spread more germs than regular paper towel or warm dryer. In another study, researchers at the University of Leeds have pointed out that jet air dryers contain 27 times more bacteria compared to the air surrounding paper towel containers.

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