Why hand sanitisers are now a must

When New Zealand first went into lockdown as a response to the Covid-19 virus outbreak, there were some businesses that were deemed essential, and allowed to stay open. You'll have noticed that when you visited the supermarket or chemist, they not only limited the number of people in the store, but required customers to use hand sanitiser when they entered. Proven as one of the most effective ways of stopping the spread of the virus, hand sanitiser has become a staple of daily commerce, and the trend is still going strong now that we're out of lockdown and almost back to business-as-usual.

Almost. The Ministry of Health requires that all education centres and businesses continue to follow specific hygiene standards, including providing hand sanitiser for their students and staff. Many businesses - especially those in retail and health care - also offer hand sanitiser to their customers, although they're not required to do so. However, a poll conducted by the NZ Herald found that 65% of respondents feel that it should be a requirement as part of the on-going efforts to eliminate the spread of Covid-19.

While there's no community transmission of the disease, there are still cases in New Zealand, which means everyone - schools, universities, prisons, businesses and their customers - need to remain vigilant about hygiene in order to combat the threat. It's also worth taking into consideration that using hand sanitisers will also help control the spread of the common cold, the flu, and other contagious diseases.

The use of hand sanitisers is one thing - the actual delivery of it onto peoples' hands is another. To really minimise the chance of a virus spreading, the actual sanitiser needs to be provided via hands-free and contactless solutions. Currently, many businesses have hand sanitising stations that are temporary, hard to clean, can easily be stolen, or require lots of space, e.g. a table in the entrance for one hand sanitiser bottle. As a result - sometimes they are placed out of the way and can be hard to find.

ENI in partnership with the Stoddart Group have now developed a new range of hand sanitiser dispensing solutions and hands-free washing solutions. Already in use in schools and prisons, these products take hygiene innovation to the next level, and include:

  • Knee-operated wash basins - made of heavy-duty stainless steel, they can be wall or stand mounted, and are suitable for disabled access
  • Wash basin / Air basin - eliminates the need for paper or linen towels, warms water instantaneously, and prevents the transfer of pathogenic micro-organisms to the hands and arms
  • Wand-operated wash basin - promotes clean hands with a hands-free wand operation for kitchens and food prep areas. Ideal for small kitchens found in service stations, roadhouses and convenience stores where staff handle food
  • Hand sanitiser dispensers - wall and stand mounted, with a freestanding option available, they are made from heavy-duty stainless steel and are ideal for organisations of all sizes

ENI's solutions are all manufactured locally, something we believe is of great importance as the New Zealand economy recovers from the impact of Covid-19. There are some tough times ahead, and getting behind NZ-made is a crucial way of strengthening our local industries. ENI's washroom and workplace solutions have been designed and manufactured with the highest levels of skill and using the latest technology. If New Zealand is going to eliminate Covid-19 and revitalise its economy, hygiene and manufacturing efforts needs to start right here at home.

Get in touch with us to find out how our washroom solutions can help improve infection control in your organisation.