ETS study concludes dryers contaminate washrooms

26th of March 2015

A study funded by the European Tissue Symposium (ETS) has concluded that jet air and warm air hand dryers have a greater potential to contaminate washrooms by spreading bacteria into the air and onto users and bystanders.

ETS says the findings suggest air dryers could be unsuitable for use in healthcare settings as they may facilitate microbial cross-contamination of the environment or bathroom visitors. The first part of the study compared the contamination of the environment, while the second focused on the contamination of persons.

Roberto Berardi, chairman of ETS commented: “The importance of hand washing to control bacterial infection is widely accepted. However correct hand drying is equally fundamental in reducing the risk of spreading infections.”

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