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The public washroom: Use only, do not touch

How Covid-19 will change the way public washrooms are equipped

The equipment of sanitary rooms is subject to constant change. Furnishing trends and normative requirements, for example for unrestricted use, determine bathroom design. But today, another requirement is becoming particularly important: hygiene.
The global outbreak of the corona pandemic requires a rethink of architecture and interior design. The topic of hygiene currently plays a special role in public sanitary rooms alongside design, function and quality.

Even with good cleaning intervals, sanitary facilities in schools, office buildings and buildings accessible to the public such as railway stations or shopping centres are fertile ground for a large number of pathogens and thus represent an increased risk of infection.

Contactless use reduces the risk of infection

Besides the infection through the air we breathe, the transmission of viruses and bacteria via the hands is the second most common source of infection.
From the time we enter and leave the sanitary rooms, which are equipped with standard dispenser systems, we touch up to 20 objects - starting with the door handle, the soap dispenser and the lever of the tap.
The probability of transmission can be significantly reduced by well thought-out, hygienic equipment solutions.


Lever handle 115

One of the most common ways of transmitting bacteria and viruses to humans is the door handle. Thanks to its clever ergonomic design, the lever handle 115 can be easily operated with the elbow without touching the door handle with the hand. This reduces the risk of infection.


Sensoric disinfectant dispenser

HEWI disinfectant dispensers are available in stainless steel and with powder coating and thus offer design freedom. In the non-contact Sensoric version, they provide an additional plus in hygiene in all areas of the building.


Sensoric soap dispenser

Touch-free soap dispensers effectively increase hygiene in the sanitary room - they enable the easy and clean removal of consumables. Well thought-out details make stocking up easier. For example, the inner container of soap dispensers can be removed for cleaning and filling; they also have a level indicator.


Sensoric armature

HEWI Sensoric System fittings offer maximum hygiene. No touching of the fitting is necessary for release. They are triggered by activating the sensor - a hand movement is all that is required. The water flow ends after a preset time interval. This also allows the valuable resource water to be saved efficiently.


Paper towel dispenser

The use of paper towel dispensers instead of hand air dryers leads to a significant reduction of bacteria and virus contamination in sanitary rooms. In air dryers, an accumulation of bacteria and viruses can be caused by previous users with insufficiently cleaned hands. The hygienic removal of individual sheets of paper considerably reduces the risk of infection.


HEWI solutions for more hygiene in public sanitary rooms

  • To avoid the risk of infection, contactless product solutions are recommended. HEWI offers a large selection of products in a non-contact Sensoric version. This means that fittings, soap and disinfectant dispensers no longer present a risk of transmission.

  • Matching paper towel dispensers complement the HEWI systems. In contrast to hand drying blowers, these do not cause any germ contamination. If conversion to electronic fittings is not possible, the paper towels are also used for hygienic handling.

  • The solutions of the active+ range also enable a plus in hygiene. The integrated microsilver offers antimicrobial protection on product surfaces where contact cannot be avoided.

  • HEWI Sensoric System fittings offer maximum hygiene. No touching of the fitting is necessary for triggering. They are triggered by activating the sensor - a hand movement is all that is required. The water flow ends after a preset time interval. This also allows the valuable resource water to be saved efficiently.

  • HEWI's System 115 enables doors to be opened without contact. The lever handle is designed so that the user can operate it easily with the elbow. The hygienic surface made of non-porous, high-gloss polyamide is also particularly easy to clean. 

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