Research shows that hygiene awareness has increased considerably in 2020. For example, two out of three people want to wash hands immediately after touching door handles, handrails and other contact points. In 2019, that was only a third. In addition, 83 percent of respondents said they would touch as few objects as possible on a daily basis, such as door handles, a guide rail or push buttons. A year earlier, that was just over half of those surveyed, 53 percent.

People have become more disciplined when it comes to hygiene. For example, a Forsa survey conducted on International Hand Hygiene Day shows that 93 percent of people wash hands immediately when they get home. In 2019, that percentage was much lower – at just 71 percent.

Hygiene also plays a major role outdoors. Architects, planners and building managers are more concerned than ever with addressing questions such as: “How can the fear of contamination in buildings be reduced?” and “How can infection prevention and control be reduced?”

Reducing the number of hand contact points is a common answer. For example, using a touch-free access, of which touch-free doors are an essential part. Dormabaka indicates that the optimal building hygiene strategy consists of a combination of four components:

  • automatic door systems
  • touch-free door openers
  • touch-free access control and
  • other measures and technologies.

Since each building has separate requirements, it is necessary to look at the way how these components are assembled. A hospital has different hygiene standards than an office environment. A laboratory where microbiological substances are used is subject to stricter guidelines than in the already strictly regulated food production. And in the hospitality industry, such large flows of people never take place as at an airport. An experienced solution provider can advise you on the choice of suitable (combination of) technologies.

 

Hygiene strategy for buildings

 

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