Warm-air hand dryers are inadequate
Can your newspaper or someone in the public explain why our health departments keep approving public restrooms, especially in restaurants, to install only warm-air hand dryers without any additional paper towel dispensers, where these facilities have doors that require you to pull on a handle to exit?
I realize that the restaurants that use warm-air hand dryers can save money compared with the cost spent on paper towels over the course of a year. Once an air hand dryer is installed, there is very little additional cost, or maintenance, while paper towels have to be replaced periodically and create an additional cost. Hand dryers are utilized to save them money, but is it a sanitary practice when you have to grasp a door handle?
There is an alternative to this problem utilizing a motion sensor automatic paper towel dispenser, which works by simply waving your hand beneath the mechanism. Without touching anything you can get a paper towel to dry your hands and also to utilize it to grasp the door handle when you exit, therefore, not requiring you or the employees to come in contact with the germs on its surface. These dispensers can be set to distribute one towel at a time, saving cost to the restaurant.
Is it a sanitary practice, after washing your hands, to pull on a door handle that others have utilized, not knowing how well the last person has washed their hands, and then handle our utensils and eat our bread? These restrooms are also utilized by the employees who prepare or serve our food and the restroom door handles are not frequently cleaned.
4124 Old Niles Ferry Road
Maryville, TN. 37801