Keep it clean: hand sanitising stations will be the ‘new normal’

Getting to grips with hygiene is easy with hand sanitiser stations from FEM

We’ve come a long way since 1847 when Hungarian doctor Ignaz Semmelweis pioneered the practice of handwashing as a way to stop the spread of infection. Since the outbreak of Covid-19, officials are encouraging the use of hand sanitiser, when soap and water isn’t a viable option, as one of the best tools available in combatting the spread of the virus. Hand sanitisers are designed to kill viruses and bacteria present on hands, with the use of alcohol.

As the phased reopening of the foodservice and catering industry begins, having hand sanitising stations will not only be essential but will provide confidence to staff and customers alike that you are putting health and safety first. It’s important to place hand sanitiser near and around high-touch surfaces and communal areas, including entrances and exits, payment and service counters, kitchens, cafeterias, food courts and break rooms, meeting rooms, employee desks, and high-traffic areas like queuing points.

FEM (Foodservice Equipment Marketing) is now stocking two variants of hand sanitising stations from Prince Castle: a simple single pump dispenser and a version incorporating a twin pump and paper towel dispenser. These robust and flexible sanitising solutions can be used in multiple locations within a business without needing access to a power supply, offering a cost-effective way to achieve cleanliness. They save time, kill germs, and are easy and convenient to use.

Both variants are lightweight for ease of positioning by staff, are durable and easy to clean, have a lockable door, and storage space for sanitiser containers, to speed up replenishment. Each model dispenses directly out of 5 litre sanitiser bottles, and has the storage capacity for an additional four 5 litre bottles meaning less time refilling and less hassle.

An industrial pelican pump and hose allow for the sanitiser to be extracted directly out of the 5 litre containers, The single pump version has a drip tray located at the top of the station for waste product, while the twin pump version has a removable door fitted with both a drip tray and bin to enable easy cleaning and disposal of used towels.

The single pump station measures 325mm wide by 250mm deep by 900mm high.  It comes with an A3-sized point of sale holder to promote cleanliness, giving the station a total height of 1320mm. Both models are for internal use only. The twin pump station measures 425mm deep by 325mm wide by 900mm high. It also has an A3-sized point of sale holder to promote cleanliness, giving the station a total height of 1330mm.

Operators should be sure to use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser that contains at least 70 per cent alcohol.