All hand dryers for schools need to be effective, energy efficient, have an appropriate noise level for the area they are situated in and be capable of withstanding the level of use they will receive.
However there are other specific considerations depending on the age of the children or any physical/mental conditions they may suffer from relating to noise. Tamper resistance, hygiene and engagement are also relevant factors. Please see the guide below and our recommendations
Key stage 0 (foundation stage) covers children from ages 3-5.
Special considerations for this age group include added safety, installation heights, noise levels for the user and noise transfer as the dryers are often located close to classroom areas, how user friendly the dryer is and whether it is sufficiently appealing to retain the child’s interest long enough to dry their hands. Enhanced hygiene features are also important, as young children are particularly prone to infection and passing onto to carers and teaching staff.
Key stage 1 from ages 5-7
At this age the noise levels remain an issue particularly if there are children with specific conditions, however generally the children’s tolerance to hand dryer noise levels will be far higher by this age. The noise transfer into classrooms may be an issue as it would be in any school.
Key Stage 2 from ages 7 to 11
This age group can normally cope with slightly increased noise levels compared with key sage 1 and therefore speed if appropriate for the area they are situated in i.e. it will not cause classroom, library disturbance. More inventive tampering may occur at this age group so this is also taken into account in our recommendations.
Key stage 3 from 11 to 14
This age group can normally cope with slightly increased noise levels compared with key sage 2 and therefore speed if appropriate for the area they are situated in i.e. it will not cause classroom, library disturbance. This age group is usually in larger schools so hand dryers for higher traffic are appropriate. The type of vandalism can be more physical and therefore extra consideration for this is necessary. This will of course vary in importance.
Key stage 4 from 14 to 16
No additional considerations beyond key stage 3 need to be made here.