Jet Air Dryers: Are They The Best Option?

Are you looking for the most hygienic option for your workplace bathrooms? The science is clear: Single-use paper towels are a more effective and hygienic way to dry your hands after washing compared to jet air dryers.

Jet Air Dryers vs Paper Towels

Source: Bunzl Cleaning & Hygiene Supplies

95% of adults don’t wash their hands long enough to remove bacteria and germs, so they remain on their hands after washing. If they dry their hands with a jet air dryer afterwards, the germs and bacteria blow off in water droplets. These water droplets can travel as far as 6.5 feet and remain in the air for up to 15 minutes.

Jet Air Dryers can increase the germ count on fingers by up to
42% as compared to not washing them at all.

The Science is Clear: Paper Towels are Good Hygiene

A University of Westminster study found high-speed and warm-air dryers can harbor bacteria on surfaces and inside dryers. This could lead to cross contamination if users reach inside and touch the surface of the unit or when bacteria could be carried in the airstream and deposited on wet hands.

And the bacteria they found? It included fecal bacteria such as E. coli, as well as Staphylococcus. YUCK!

An article in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings Journal also examined the hygienic efficacy of these hand-drying methods. Mayo’s recommendation? Paper towels are the best hand-drying option in locations where “hygiene is paramount,” such as hospitals and clinics. The study concluded, “From a hygiene viewpoint, paper towels are superior to electric air dryers.” While the study may just have been talking about hospitals and clinics, all businesses can take note to ensure their facilities have good hygiene as well.

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Sources For More Information:
The Hygienic Efficacy of Different Hand-Drying Methods: A Review of the Evidence, Mayo Clinic Proceedings

E.L. Best, K. Redway, “Comparison of Different Hand-Drying Methods: The Potential for Airborne Microbe Dispersal and Contamination,” Journal of Hospital Infection, 89 (2015)

P.T. Kimmitt & K.F. Redway, “Evaluation of the Potential for Virus Dispersal During Hand Drying: A Comparison of Three Methods,” Journal of Applied Microbiology, 120 (2016)

E.L. Best, P. Parnell and M.H. Wilcox, “Microbiological Comparison of Hand-Drying Methods: The Potential for Contamination of the Environment, User and Bystander,” Journal of Hospital Infection, 88.4 (2014)

WHO Guidelines on Hand Hygiene in Health Care, Published by the World Health Organization

Observational Study at ISSA/Interclean Amsterdam 2016, Published by the European Tissue Symposium


What Kind of Mask is Best for Covid?

 

UMass Memorial Health Dr. Michael Hirsh said, “Cloth masks and … bandanas and homemade bandanas around their face are not effective against omicron. That is clear.” Information gathered from John Hopkins Medicine.           

Don’t rely on a fabric mask alone anymore; they’re good at protecting others from your respiratory droplets, but not at protecting you against theirs, even with a filter pocket. A bandana tied around the face does not work as well as a mask because it is open at the bottom. A gaiter (a tube of thin, stretchy knit fabric that can be worn around the neck and pulled up to cover the nose and mouth) is usually too thin to provide adequate protection. A fabric mask usually is not much protection either.

Face Coverings we Recommend

Blue Disposable masks are fluid resistant and provide some protection from larger respiratory droplets from coughs and sneezes. Primarily, they help prevent the wearer from spreading infectious droplets to others.
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N95 respirator is the most protective face covering that you can get against omicron and other viruses. An N95 is a disposable face covering that filters out at least 95% of airborne particles. 

KN95 mask, which is the Chinese equivalent of the US standard. KN95s are made from the same material as N95s and are also designed to filter at least 95% of airborne particles. 
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KF94, the South Korean equivalent to an N95, which has a slightly different shape and 94% filtration efficacy.

Remember to Change Your Mask Often

Outside of a respiratory health crisis, any N95, KN95 or disposable surgical mask is meant to be worn only once. In most scenarios, healthcare professionals do not need to wear them for extended periods.

However, in other industries, workers routinely wear N95 respirators, KN95, or surgical masks for several hours at a time. Experience in these industries shows that disposable respirators can maintain their integrity for up to eight hours while functioning within their specifications. 

Whether you’re wearing an N95, a KN95 or a KF94, it won’t be completely effective unless the face mask fits your face properly. Make sure it fits snugly, without gaps around your nose, face and mouth.

Fellowes Air Purifiers for Clean Indoor Air in Your Office

Clean Air is Vital For Your Facilities 

Indoor air is 2 to 5 times dirtier than outdoor air. Inside you’ll find:

  • Viruses/Bacteria 
  • VOCs 
  • Allergens 
  • Odors 

Office buildings, educational facilities, assisted living areas, and medical offices are shared spaces for hours every day and have a constant flow of visitors, vendors, and employees who bring viruses, germs, and pathogens into the workplace with them. Couple that with odors from food left in wastebaskets, conference rooms, and common areas and it’s an indoor air quality hot spot. 

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Order Corporate Christmas Cards For Your Clients

Don’t Delay Ordering Your Christmas Cards 

It may only be fall, but don’t delay getting your Christmas cards ordered. Christmas cards show a sense of personalization and allow you to say “thank you” to your customers. Ordering your cards now will help avoid delays or paying for expedited shipping. Ordering early takes stress out of the season—your cards are ready to go when you are ready to send them! 

Get some inspiration below or head straight to our Christmas Card site to get started. Order your custom holiday cards early and receive a 20% discount at checkout! (Minimum order 25; see ordering instructions below)

Holiday Cards

Happy Holidays card
New Year Card
Thank you card

Christmas Cards

Christmas card
Merry Christmas card
Holiday card

Currency Envelopes

Envelopes
Holiday envelope
Christmas envelope

Photo Cards

Photo card
Photo card
Christmas Photo card

Holiday Party

Party invite
Holiday Party invite
Holiday party card

Order Your Cards Online with Sundance Today! 

  1. Go to our Christmas card website, which is linked at the bottom of this blog. 
  2. Select your card and quantity. 
  3. Personalize your card with custom text, colors, and photos, where applicable. 
  4. Customize envelopes with your return address, fast stick closures, and more. 
  5. Fill out the billing and shipping information. Registration on the site is not required to place an order, but billing and shipping information is required for verification purposes. 
  6. Select shipping method. All orders will ship via UPS. 
  7. Payment Method will default to “In Store Payment”. We will use your standard payment method associated with your sundanceoffice.com account. 
  8. Your order will be shown and the 20% discount will be applied at this stage. If the order looks correct, submit the order. 
  9. We will call and email you to confirm order, billing, and shipping details. 
  10. Once order ships you will receive tracking information. 

Workplace Trends: Touchdown Spaces

The New Work Trend: Touchdown Spaces 

In today’s workplace, touchdown spaces are the new trend. If employees are coming into the office, they expect to get something out of it, so the office must be both comfortable and productive. However, what this means can vary by employee. Some employees may need a space to collaborate with their team, while others may need a calm place to focus solely on their work. Depending on the nature of their work, a lounge could bring comfort to one employee while another may need the privacy that a workstation or cubicle could provide.

Two women sitting, working on their computers

What is a Touchdown Space?

A touchdown space can be a private room, lounge space, conference room or collaborative area. The main goal of a this space is that the employee can use it to easily work from their laptop away from an assigned desk. A touchdown space allows employees to quickly respond to emails or make a call in-between meetings or other tasks. With an on-the-go workforce, traditional assigned spaces are being replaced by more touchdown spaces that are activity-oriented and results-driven.  

How To Create Productive Spaces

As an employer, you want your employees to be efficient and perform their best. As you think through your office furniture and space, think of ways to incorporate touchdown spaces into your design:   

Computer with a phone charging on top of it.

Waiting Areas

Waiting typically wastes time, but it doesn’t have to with touchdown spaces. Make it more than just a set of seats by integrating power plugins to recharge devices, as well as tables or desks guests and employees can use to easily work on their computers.   

Dedicated Touchdown Space Outside of Conference Rooms

Waiting for a meeting space also can waste time, especially when meetings go on longer than expected. Give your employees the opportunity to be productive while they wait by outfitting the areas near conference rooms with touchdown spaces. 

Two employees sitting down, working together.

Private Rooms or Booths 

Sometimes, employees need more privacy. Consider creating areas for small confidential meetings or personal phone calls. Furniture and chairs that easily fit all shapes and sizes allow for quick use of space without major adjustments. 

Modular and Flexible Furniture  

Flexible options that allow for easy collaboration are key. Furniture that can be easily moved around a space allows colleagues to work together effectively, no matter what tasks they are looking to accomplish. 

Interested in Touchdown Spaces for your Oklahoma office? Contact Sundance at sosupply@sundanceoffice.com or 918-252-4100 and let our team provide a free consultation! 

Protect Against Cold and Flu with Preventative Action

Cold & Flu Season is Back 

Fall is here, and that means pumpkins, Halloween and Thanksgiving events. Unfortunately, in addition to the beautiful weather, fall is also cold & flu season.  

Cold and flu season has started and now more than ever, it is critical to have the correct solutions to prevent the spread of viruses. Prevent and combat the spread of these common viruses throughout your facilities with a few products and tools to sanitize and disinfect. 

Remember, cleaners are not always germ killers. They remove dirt, dust, stains, and grease from a surface. If you are looking to kill germs, you will need a disinfectant and/or sanitizer. Sanitizing reduces the bacteria on a surface (specific bacteria listed on the product) while disinfecting destroys both bacteria and viruses on hard nonporous surfaces. 

Improve Workplace Health & Stop the Spread of the Flu 

  • Encourage your employees to get their flu vaccine 
  • Develop policies that encourage employees to telework so that they can care of themselves and their families 
  • Provide resources and information on risk factors of the flu and who might be at high risk for flu complications 
  • Provide products and resources that promote preventive action against the flu 

WOW Items for Preventative Action 

One of the best ways to improve workplace health is to provide products that promote preventative action against the flu and other bacteria and viruses for those employees that are in the office. Looking to help those at home as well? A few of these items can be sent in an employee care package as well! 

Electrostatic Sprayers 

 The traditional spray & wipe method is not the most efficient disinfecting method when it comes to larger spaces, oddly shaped surfaces, or hard to reach areas. Studies have shown that the electrostatic disinfecting process is quick and highly efficient due to the full, even coverage it offers. The positively charged disinfectant allows it to stick to the surface you want disinfected, wasting less product. 

The Victory Electrostatic sprayer comes in a handheld and backpack option. Our favorite product to refill them with is Diversey Oxivir TB One-Step Disinfectant Cleaner

If you are looking to buy a locally made option, we are loving these backpack and handheld sprayers by EI Solutions: 

Disinfecting Wipes 

Disinfecting wipes are something you should always have in stock at your facilities. Both Lysol and Clorox manufacture wipes that are effective in both cleaning and disinfecting surfaces. 

Hand Sanitizer 

From hand sanitizer dispensers and stations to individual kits, there are many sanitizing options to choose from to fit your office needs. 

Sanitizer Dispensers and Refills 


Sanitizer Gels and Sprays 


 Additional Cold & Flu Support 

Looking for some additional support during the cold and flu season? Don’t forget to stock up on facial tissues, humidifiers and cold & flu medications. 

Be prepared and prevent infection and outbreaks in your office.  

Contact Sundance at sosupply@sundanceoffice.com or 918-252-4100 to set up an account and/or get more guidance on the best products for your office!