Public Washrooms

Public washrooms are important facilities in our communities. Depending on where they are located, they can be busy. Therefore precautions are needed given the risks of bacterial and viral transmission that can occur when people are within close proximity to one another, through the spread of droplets or through shared contact with surfaces. The COVID-19 virus has also been found in faeces. As a result, some changes in practice and equipment are necessary to maintain a safe environment.

Properly washing your hands with soap and normal tap water, then drying them thoroughly, is an effective way to prevent contamination of nearby surfaces. The problem is that many people will simply rinse their hands (sometimes there is no soap present in the washroom anyway) and partially dry them, especially under hot air dryers. This is not a safe practice as, unfortunately, wet hands are very effective at transferring bacteria and viruses to any surface they touch. The use of Kona Ozone faucets, especially the non touch auto sensor type, will go a long way towards solving these problems.

Problems when rinsing under normal tap water and partially drying hands:

Using the wash basin with normal tap water you risk contaminating nearby surfaces from splashes and water droplets.

Using the hand dryer you risk creating an aerosol or mist effect. These tiny droplets of water in the air will gradually settle and contaminate surfaces at a surprising distance. The can also be inhaled by nearby people and can stay in the air for some time.

With normal tap water and partially wet hands you risk contaminating any surfaces you touch when leaving the washroom until your hands have dried thoroughly.

The solution when rinsing under Ozone Water and partially drying hands:

Using the wash basin you will cause splashes and water droplets of Ozone Water which contain no live bacteria or viruses and will sanitize any nearby surfaces for the next 10 – 15 minutes.

Using the hand dryer you will create an aerosol or mist of Ozone water. This will simply sanitise any surfaces it settles on and is perfectly safe to inhale.

With Ozone Water and partially wet hands you will automatically sanitise any surfaces you touch when leaving the washroom until your hands have dried thoroughly.

You can also fill a spray bottle or mister with Ozone Water and use it to spray into the air. Not only will this sanitize any surface it lands on, it also freshens the air by breaking down the organic molecules that can cause repugnant odours in public toilets.