Public Bathrooms During The Coronavirus Pandemic

As life begins to return to something more normal, we are all looking at what may need to change in our day to day lives to keep the virus under control. There are a number of health academics warning that communal and public bathrooms may pose a risk of becoming a hot spots for Covid-19 transmission. Its not hard to understand why. It is a place where a large number of people can use the same small area – often touching many of the same surfaces.

Revelations that the virus may spread through faecal matter has elevated concerns over transmission in the washroom. The reason the implications of this discovery may be great is due to the spray effect. When someone flushes the toilet without closing the lid the virus may spread to the surrounding surfaces. Here it may live for as long as 5 days.

But there are design and behevaioral changes that you can make for your washroom to become a less likely source of transmission. Firstly, try to minimise the amount of surface touching that a user needs to perform. An example would be allowing the bathroom user to leave the room without touching a door handle with their hands. You can also invest in no touch facilities such as automatic lid sanitary bins.

It is also vital that you make sure your soap dispensers, paper towel dispensers and hand sanitisers remain filled. Sanokil can help take the hassle out of this by visiting your site on a scheduled basis. Surfaces should also be routinely wiped down and sanitised to kill any viruses and bacteria that may be living there.

Lastly, continue to enact a cultural change around hygiene. Make sure staff wash their hands for 20 seconds after using the restroom. Promote frequent hand sanitation and social distancing.

Although it we may have to live with the Coronavirus for some time, the changes we make in our businesses facilities and operations can go a long way keep the curve flat and the cases low. If you would like a quote on any of our products or services, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Call 1800 992 135 or fill out our contact form. We are happy to help.