Hand Sanitizer Dispensers: Everything you Need to Know

Hand sanitizer dispensers have become a popular Division 10 product in commercial buildings.

60,000. That’s the number of germs we come into contact with every day, according to Philip Tierno, director of clinical microbiology and immunology at NYU. Additionally, scientists believe that nearly 80% of common infections are spread via our hands.

The best way to combat the spread of germs is to practice good hygiene, including frequent handwashing; however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a need for disinfection options when washing your hands is not a viable option. The solution? Hand sanitizer.

Since the pandemic began, stores have been filled with travel bottles for individuals, but there is also a tremendous need to access hand sanitizing options in public buildings. The best way to make hand sanitizer accessible and convenient in public facilities, especially commercial buildings, is through hand sanitizer dispensers.

Types of Hand Sanitizer
Hand sanitizer comes in three forms: liquid, gel, and foam. No matter the type, public health officials recommend that the hand sanitizer contains at least 60% alcohol to be the most effective.

Types of Hand Sanitizer Dispensers
Hand sanitizer dispensers come in a variety of options and styles, including:

  • Manual: These dispensers require a person to push a button or lever to release a specified amount of hand sanitizer. These dispensers are usually less expensive than their automatic counterparts but have the added risk of being a touchpoint and spreading germs.
  • Automatic: Due to the pandemic, touchless hand sanitizer dispensers are becoming more popular. These dispensers do not require someone to touch them but instead are activated by a sensor.
  • Freestanding/Floor Stand: These types of dispensers are mobile and easily moved to wherever needed. They can come on a stand or a platform for tabletop use.
  • Mounted: These dispensers are placed in a permanent location, usually affixed to a wall.

Where to Place Hand Sanitizer Dispensers
Hand sanitizer dispensers should be placed in areas to encourage use, typically high traffic spaces. Some essential locations for placing dispensers include outside of restrooms, at entrances and exits, in cafeterias or breakrooms, in lobbies, and at transaction counters. 

Keep in mind hand sanitizer dispensers should not be placed near heat sources or open flames. They should also be kept out of reach of children and animals.

Choosing a Hand Sanitizer Dispenser
With a variety of hand sanitizer dispensers available, we are confident there is an option that will fit your needs, style, and budget. If you need assistance with selecting hand sanitizer dispensers for your next commercial project, Holman Inc. can help. We stay current on the ever-changing trends in the industry, so you do not have to. Contact our team of experts today to learn more about how we can meet your Division 10 needs.



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