St Ives, Cornwall, GB (Viz Release) 21/03/2020 — The Hands-Free Door Handle, patented and produced by Jamm Products Ltd, helps premises in healthcare, education, transport, hospitality, and the food and drink industry prevent harmful infections (1) caused by germs being passed on via door handles.
The Hands-Free Door Handle is a simple retrofit via two drilled holes, and once fitted, removes the need to touch door handles which may be contaminated with contagious germs. In addition, the Hands-Free Door Handle has a lifetime silver ion additive that prevents bacteria reproducing, should they find their way to the handle. Its anti-ligature design has also been mechanically tested in UK laboratory conditions and is a certified Grade 4 door handle (BS8424:2004) – ‘suitable for severe duty’ – which certifies it for use in facilities up to prison standard.
Door handles are one of the most touched surfaces in any building(2), and researchers at the University of California found that on average, people unconsciously touch their faces 15.7 times an hour (3). Touching a germ-contaminated surface before touching your face can lead to infection entering your body. Bacteria and Viruses are commonly found on door handles.
Marc Ward, Founder and MD at Jamm said: “I was asked by Adam Stringer (Product Design Consultant at Falmouth University) if I thought there was a way to open a door without touching it to prevent germs being passed on. When I started to research the issue, I was amazed to learn that, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (USA), 80 per cent of all infections are transmitted by hands. The issue for high traffic areas which are prone to germs was obvious. I invented the Hands-Free Door Handle to help solve this problem.”
Iain Davidson, Chief Pharmacist at The Royal Cornwall Hospital Treliske said: “In hospitals, clean hands save lives and any device that helps to keep hands clean after the washing process is a welcome addition. We’ve trialled the Hands-Free Door Handle, and aside from its effectiveness, importantly, our team like it.”
In addition to the health benefits, the Hands-Free Door Handle is also likely to save organisations money. For example, preventing the spread of germs reduces employee cold and flu absenteeism. In the UK, “The direct costs of employee absence to the economy are estimated at over £14 billion per year – and the CBI’s latest absence survey found that the average total cost to a business for each absent employee is £975. These figures would be higher still if productivity lost due to presenteeism – staff attending work despite being unwell – was included as well.” – Confederation of British Industry (CBI) / Medicash report (4). In the US “Unscheduled absenteeism is a chronic problem for employers, conservatively costing $3,600 per hourly employee per year, and $2,650 per salaried employee per year” CIRCADIAN (5).
Where to buy
The Hands-Free Door Handle costs £34.99 incl. VAT in the UK, and $39.95 in North America, including all fixings, information and instructions.
About Jamm Products Ltd.
Jamm Products Ltd is a design company based in St. Ives, Cornwall. Established in 2012, the first product was a Patented doorstop that is now sold around the World.
All products are made in the UK in an ISO:9001 accredited facility.
How quickly does the silver ion coating kill bacteria? The test was run over 24 hours, the 99.92% reduction was seen after 1 hour, with an 80% reduction after 20 minutes.
What if the door is a push door? ‘No door to open across the corridor (doors should be recessed back from the corridor) – except a unisex toilet door where the corridor is 1800mm wide.’ – BUILDING REGULATIONS PART M 2004.
(1) The Biomaster treated Hands-Free Door Handle supplied by Jamm Products has been tested to ISO 22196:2011 standards and shown to reduce:
• Staphylococcus aureus by ≥ 99.92%
• Escherichia coli (E.coli) by ≥ 99.91%
Date of test: May 2016. Test laboratory: Industrial Microbiological Services Limited. Registered in England 3264423.
(2) A team at the University of Arizona, Tucson found that when a virus, for example, the norovirus, contaminates a single doorknob or elevator button it spreads rapidly through entire office buildings, hotels or hospitals.
(3) ‘A Study Quantifying the Hand-to-Face Contact Rate and Its Potential Application to Predicting Respiratory Tract Infection.’
– Mark Nicas (School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley, California 94720, USA. email@example.com) & Daniel Best.
Pages 347-352 | Published online: 25 Apr 2008.
(4) ‘GETTING BETTER – WORKPLACE HEALTH AS A BUSINESS ISSUE’ Confederation of British Industry (CBI) / Medicash Report – May 2014.
(5) CIRCADIAN – Shiftwork Practices 2005.
Marc Ward, 07890726009 (+447890726009) firstname.lastname@example.org
HI-RES images are available here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/4z8joupnfn67954/AABAhUTjmIv9OOjj7M8uuraya?dl=0
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