in Active Office News February 19, 2019
With winter still very much in full swing throughout the UK, the common cold continues to rage throughout offices and public places. Most employers will be aware of how sickness impacts their business, and they’ll understand that the lower their sickness rates, the higher the productivity. However, did you know that sickness in work actually costs British workplaces around £77 billion every year in lost productivity?
Let’s look at one particular object that can be a breeding ground for the common cold virus – the bathroom door handle. Bathroom door handles can be a cause for concern in even the most laid-back people. And, let’s be honest, we all know someone who goes to the extent of pulling down their sleeves over their hands in order to leave a particularly questionable public bathroom. Regardless of how you feel about door handles, you shouldn’t have to worry about these types of germs at your work place… should you?
It’s argued that a virus fermenting on a single door handle can spread through a workplace in just a few hours. Just think how many people use your office bathroom in say… a four-hour period? In merely half the average working day, most employees will have visited the bathroom, and will have used the same door handle to exit. Now, that’s a lot of potential cross-contamination.
So, with all that in mind, let us introduce you to the P-Hold. As amusing as its name may sound, the P-Hold is an innovative and forward-thinking design which could dramatically improve the wellness and well-being of offices across the country. P-Hold is a self-cleaning door handle cover which can be easily installed onto the average toilet door handle. Simply ‘snap’ it into place and using ion technology it will kill 99.9% of bacteria. It does this by fighting against pathogens which have been deposited onto the surface of the handle, preventing cross-contamination and ultimately reducing the spread of bacteria and infections.