Not every school or higher education facility is the same, but it’s common for us to hear from caretakers and facilities managers that their school, college or university toilets are subjected to abuse. Whether it be overflowing toilets because paper towels have blocked the toilets or damaged equipment, educational facilities are certainly one of the most challenging environments. We are here to provide a helping hand with loads of benefits for the education sector. Scroll to the bottom of the page for more useful information or contact us for expert advice.
It is clearly important to consider how robust and vandal resistant the hand dryers are but also considerations like noise, especially in early years and in SEN settings where children can be very sensitive. Fast-drying is important to ensure effective hand hygiene, and cost and energy-efficiency will matter to finance managers and those concerned about their environmental impact. We have written an in-depth blog on selecting the right, hand dryer for your school which has proved very useful.
We know that for schools every penny counts tight so it is important the hand dryer you purchase lasts and represents good value. We help educational facilities in every way we can, whether it be with upfront discounts, flexible staged payments to fit in with budgets or low-cost rental contracts. If you need to work through a preferred contractor, we ensure discounts can still be passed on to the school.
The good news is that once our hand dryers are installed your school can save up to 98% of annual running costs vs paper towels and massively reduce the lifetime carbon emissions created by felling trees, transport, manufacturing, storage, packaging and disposal. Single-use disposable paper towels are the worse use of wood you can imagine as the carbon capture is lost in landfill and incineration as contaminated waste is not recycled. Helpful information regarding energy and cost savings for schools, colleges and universities can be found in our blog. We can also provide useful, child-friendly infographics to go with your dryers to provide education around positive environmental action. We have an end of life take back scheme to ensure Zero to landfill.
Sometimes hand dryers are installed near classrooms, other times the dryers will just be for use by younger children, that’s why we recommend effective but quiet dryers for schools. Adjustable dryers like the G-Force mark II allow the dryers to be standardised but set at lower noise levels in different parts of the building depending on the age group. We have the largest number of Quiet mark accredited hand dryers in the UK so can cater for your needs.
Not only do hands dryers help schools to keep the washrooms clean and tidy, reduce the incidence of toilet blockages, but also they save loads of time for staff. There is no need to order disposable paper towels, spend time checking dispensers aren’t empty, clearing up the mess and bagging waste for disposal.
We also make it super easy for schools to order by providing instant 30-day credit accounts and taking care of supply and installation at a convenient time if needed.
We live in the age of a global pandemic, so we know how important hand hygiene is. Hand dryers are recommended for use in schools by the WHO, CDC and UK government but it is important that after washing hands for 20 seconds, they are used to dry hands thoroughly. The best way to ensure this is by making sure you install a high-performance hand dryer that doesn’t leave pupils with wet hands and for the younger ones create attractive designs to encourage use.
We have hand dryers that are NSF approved and HACCP approved from Mitsubishi, Dyson and Mediclinics, two of the highest hand hygiene approvals in the world. The approval is expensive and there are other hand dryers with HEPA filters, UV-C internal sterilisation and built-in ionisers to give added hygiene protection.
There are lots to consider but if we were to generalise our top 3 recommended dryers are:
Best budget: EcoForce
Best mid: Dryflow Elite
Best premium: Puff the Magic Dryer
Best budget: Turboforce® Junior PLUS
Best mid: Dryflow Elite MK 2
Best premium: Dryflow Viper
Secondary / College / University
Best budget: Turboforce® Junior PLUS
Best mid: G-Force mark II
Best premium: Mitsubishi Jet Towel Smart