Dysons were worse. It was so damn easy to accidentally touch the edge of one while pulling your hand out. Time to wash your hands -all over again-.
It’s been a while since I saw a hospital with air blow dryers, Dyson or otherwise. At least in the areas where physicians clean their hands.
I’m sure it’s not a common practice, but I’ve avoided them ever since.
edit: I am currently in a large NHS hospital and every desk has one of those £300 fanless fans on them. what the fuck?
They're one of the most ridiculous non-solutions to a non-problem I've seen - you end up setting the dryer off when washing your hands (if washing your hands properly) and blow water everywhere. Even if you don't set them off you still end up blowing the excess water all over yourself as the sink acts as a nice surface for it all to bounce off.
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Plus the guy before opened the door with some tissue so he didn't touch it anyway, plus doesn't the five second rule apply?
More generally on the Dyson product, remember Dyson is a pro-Brexit guy who said he was going to keep manufacturing in the UK only for it to move to Malaysia. So there are reasons to knock him. Plus those hoovers they make do weigh a metric tonne and have bits of plastic break.
However, the hand dryer product is the only innovation I have seen in bathroom hygiene in public toilets for a long time and the product is superior to those 'hand warmer' dryers of old that actually are almost useless and certainly not as well designed as the Dyson product.
Kind of a pain point if you have a beard or mustache and just want to clean a sauce or some other messy lunch out of it. Pretty awkward to dry a beard on a hand dryer.
The best hand dryers are those high velocity designs where you put your hand under the blast and dry them in seconds.
- slather hands in virus
- dry with one of three methods
Shouldn't step 2 be "wash carefully with warm water and soap"?
In theory, yes. In practice, lots of people in public restrooms just wet their hands under the faucet, without washing them, and then go immediately to the dryer.
Cf. the Assume a Can-Opener fallacy https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assume_a_can_opener
I sat outside an ICU once. At a not-first-rate US hospital. The handle-pull door was plastered with signs, variously saying "use hand sanitizer before opening door". It was right next to the door. It worked. There wasn't an alternative one inside. That it wasn't used by the traffic back and forth to the adjacent bathroom, seemed odd. The nurse who also flushed (hand lever), without associated sink noise, was a bit boggling. The error induced mortality which occurred shortly thereafter, did not entirely surprise.
Or more likely, lawsuits about cancer.
Just like any other capitalistic company, instead of admitting that their product adds no value to anything and trying to come up with something else, they go full anti-science.
My experience: whatever fluids that were in the sink (soap scum/mine or other people's dirty water) flying into my face after being hit with Dyson-powered wind, me immediately jumping a foot back. Made me wonder how did they ever test this product before release.
This contraption: https://www.dyson.com/hand-dryers/dyson-airblade-tap-overvie...
When my work center switched to paper there was a brief period of people complaining about too much paper. the sad part was them, it was the lazy people who would just drop their used paper on the floors between the doors. Our restrooms have a vestibule, about four feet in depth, with doors on both ends. Building services had to add a trash can there. Anyone else run into behavior like that? To explain further, people used the paper from drying their hands to open the doors
It don't like to be blown in the face with poop smelling stale air that any idiot can figure out would stir up more junk than possibly could be healthy, plus the hands feels jucky afterwards.
Then I learned how to use one.
(Which of course is a UX issue, they shouldn't need training)
That said, I think the original design wasn't too amazing, though it did look cooler than most of the existing dryers at the time. I vastly prefer the newer design (https://www.prodryers.com/Dyson-Airblade-V-Hand-Dryer-HU02-S...) which I think does a better job. And it's certainly harder to touch the sides which is a problem a lot of people have with the original.
However, they are responsible for one of the best memes ever:
I doubt it.
They're too loud and they don't work. Paper towels are quiet and they work (or drying your hands on your jeans)
However, the real reason these irritating dryers are popular is virtue-signalling: they're a way of announcing to everyone that you washed your hands
I don't see how that works. In most offices I've worked, the toilets were situated far from the desks, where nobody could hear the hand driers or see who was coming out of the can after the hand drier had gone off.
Also, I seriously doubt that strangers in the public loos look up at me and admire my determination not to spread my germs around. Public loos tend to be in places were people have very different things in mind: catch their train, finish their beer, etc.