Potentially dangerous bacteria in bathroom hand dryers across nyc physics c electricity and magnetism

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"Even if you start out with just a few bacterial cells, over time, in the appropriate conditions, you’ll have actually lots of growth. When that bacteria gets in the air, of course, it can land on the dryers themselves and then when the dryers are turned on, it’s a very powerful blower and then it would blow air into the environment."

"You can see there’s quite a variety of organisms growing on there," Iuzzolino said, showing us the plate. "We’re then able to run through our identification system and, basically, it’s a mass speck that identifies the bacteria through profile and compares it to the library so the identification process is very, very precise. Most people in the healthcare industry, microbiologists, would be concerned about those results. We had some that were in the millions."

The dirtiest hand dryers tested were: a World Dryer machine inside a bathroom in Central Park; the Xlerator in a busy Union Square grocery store; the Dyson Airblade model in a popular Times Square restaurant and one in a women’s restroom at the Oculus. They all tested for a large number of bacterial colonies.

"Excel Dryer is committed to providing hygienic, sustainable and cost-effective hand drying solutions that people can depend on. As with any piece of equipment or fixture in a restroom, like sinks or toilets, hand dryers must be properly cleaned and maintained to achieve their intended performance. Our product manuals, shipped with each product and available online, contain instructions for proper cleaning and maintenance. We have reached out to the location to review the proper care instructions and inform them about our available hygiene accessories including a HEPA filtration system and antimicrobial wall guards. It is of the upmost importance that all our customers are pleased with our products and that they are performing properly. Without knowing the science or methodology used in the testing, we cannot comment further, but would be very interested to learn how the study was performed. In addition, here is a link to the product manual which details cleaning instructions, for your convenience."

"Dyson Airblade TM hand dryers are proven hygienic by university research, and are the solution to environmentally impactful paper towels. When Dyson Airblade TM hand dryers are maintained in accordance with our cleaning recommendations, microbes on the machine surface will not be an issue. Swabbing any washroom surface is likely to reveal microbes, illustrating the importance of regular cleaning. We’re supporting the locations mentioned to make things right."

"As an example, someone who has an open cut on their skin and bacteria gets in, you could get a skin infection," Iuzzolino said. "Some of what we tested was really very clean compared to some that we tested that were pretty inundated with microorganisms."

"Even if you start out with just a few bacterial cells, over time, in the appropriate conditions, you’ll have actually lots of growth. When that bacteria gets in the air, of course, it can land on the dryers themselves and then when the dryers are turned on, it’s a very powerful blower and then it would blow air into the environment."

"You can see there’s quite a variety of organisms growing on there," Iuzzolino said, showing us the plate. "We’re then able to run through our identification system and, basically, it’s a mass speck that identifies the bacteria through profile and compares it to the library so the identification process is very, very precise. Most people in the healthcare industry, microbiologists, would be concerned about those results. We had some that were in the millions."

The dirtiest hand dryers tested were: a World Dryer machine inside a bathroom in Central Park; the Xlerator in a busy Union Square grocery store; the Dyson Airblade model in a popular Times Square restaurant and one in a women’s restroom at the Oculus. They all tested for a large number of bacterial colonies.

"Excel Dryer is committed to providing hygienic, sustainable and cost-effective hand drying solutions that people can depend on. As with any piece of equipment or fixture in a restroom, like sinks or toilets, hand dryers must be properly cleaned and maintained to achieve their intended performance. Our product manuals, shipped with each product and available online, contain instructions for proper cleaning and maintenance. We have reached out to the location to review the proper care instructions and inform them about our available hygiene accessories including a HEPA filtration system and antimicrobial wall guards. It is of the upmost importance that all our customers are pleased with our products and that they are performing properly. Without knowing the science or methodology used in the testing, we cannot comment further, but would be very interested to learn how the study was performed. In addition, here is a link to the product manual which details cleaning instructions, for your convenience."

"Dyson Airblade TM hand dryers are proven hygienic by university research, and are the solution to environmentally impactful paper towels. When Dyson Airblade TM hand dryers are maintained in accordance with our cleaning recommendations, microbes on the machine surface will not be an issue. Swabbing any washroom surface is likely to reveal microbes, illustrating the importance of regular cleaning. We’re supporting the locations mentioned to make things right."

"As an example, someone who has an open cut on their skin and bacteria gets in, you could get a skin infection," Iuzzolino said. "Some of what we tested was really very clean compared to some that we tested that were pretty inundated with microorganisms."