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ERIC Number: EJ798491
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep-1
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0003-0945
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Gagnon, Denis
American School & University, v80 n1 p30 Sep 2007
Invented in 1948, electric hand dryers now are widely available in public restrooms. Given the expense of making paper, the labor involved in keeping restrooms stocked, and the waste generated from disposing paper, the use of hand dryers is an alternative for school and university facility owners and managers. However, standing in the way of better acceptance of electric dryers is the fact that many users, including students, have had poor experiences with the equipment. Some complain that drying their hands takes too long (sometimes 30 to 45 seconds or longer) and the dryers do not do a thorough job. To address these concerns, some facilities supply paper towels in addition to dryers--adding waste and expense to the maintenance of the restrooms. Another concern expressed by many school officials is the cost and labor required to replace or upgrade paper towel dispensers or older, slower hand dryer models. In the long run, facility managers can save money by eliminating paper towels and outdated, ineffective dryer technology. But dryers have improved, and it is no longer difficult to find a model effective enough so that students do not have to finish the drying process by wiping their hands on their pants. Newer dryers can blast off loose droplets of water and evaporate the film left behind in 10 to 15 seconds. In this article, the author discusses some major considerations for any school manager planning a new or retrofit project.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
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Language: English
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