Hygiene improvements for school health this autumn

Make some easy hygiene improvements before the start of autumn term. We spotlight our range of hand washing stations, hand dryers, Propelair toilets, and air purifiers.

Published: September 15, 2022

Although summer is in full swing, it’s never too late to start preparing for the autumn term. While drizzly days and 4pm sunsets may seem far away, they’re closer than we’d like to think. 

With the changing of the seasons come coughs and sneezes, and in the wake of Covid, it’s more important to be vigilant than ever before. You can minimise the risk of your staff and students falling ill later by making improvements now. 

This blog suggests some of the changes you can make to prevent the spread of germs when term starts again.

Mobile handwash stations

The last few years have shown us how important clean hands are for keeping public places safe, clean, and hygienic. Washing your hands is one of the cheapest, simplest, and most effective ways of preventing the spread of germs. It’s not enough to just have wash basins in the bathroom when viruses start to spike in the winter.

Luckily, Utility Rentals has a solution. We can install mobile handwash stations anywhere in your school without connecting to the mains. The 20-litre model can be used over 150 times before needing to be refilled! A convenient integrated drainage system collects and stores wastewater, locking away germs safely until disposal. To keep your hands squeaky clean, these mobile handwash stations can even be operated by foot. What’s more, our low-cost rental scheme lets you lease them for less than £1.65 per week! To browse our range visit our website, or contact us directly to discuss the right model for you.

Hand dryers

On a related note, drying hands properly is an important step in the cleaning process. A considerable number of people don’t realise that wet hands spread bacteria more easily than dry ones. Though disposable paper towels are an option, single-use products often feel like you’re throwing money in the bin. With so many other pieces of equipment vying for attention, replacing or upgrading hand dryers can often fall by the wayside. However, it doesn’t have to be a daunting task.

We can help you fund, install, and maintain hand dryers for students of all ages. We understand that all schools have unique requirements. From quiet models designed for key stage one pupils, to vandal-resistant, high-powered dryers for teenagers, our range of products is comprehensive.

Propelair toilets

You might not think there could be a way to make toilets more hygienic, but you’d be surprised. Traditional toilets fling aerosolised bacteria, waste, and viruses into the air when flushed. This is called “the sneeze effect” and it can travel up to 8 feet away. This contaminates surfaces for up to 24 hours and puts staff and students at risk of infection.

Propelair toilets are a significant upgrade and a brilliant hygiene improvement for any school. Their unique sealed lid and air flushing system reduce the spread of airborne germs by up to 95%. This keeps bathrooms hygienic and prevents viruses from festering in highly trafficked areas. They also use 84% less water than conventional toilets, making them better for the planet.

Utility Rentals’ compliant funding packages mean we can install Propelair toilets in your school bathrooms using the savings made by the switch! There’s no upfront capital required.

Air purifiers

Cleaning your bathrooms regularly can only do so much when it comes to controlling odour and germs. Air purifiers are a game changer for sanitation-savvy schools. Our range of air purifiers comes in three sizes that can be used in bathrooms regardless of dimensions and levels of usage. Discreet and efficient, it only consumes 10 watts of power, making it the perfect hygiene solution for the education sector. Unlike with air fresheners, the problem isn’t masked, it’s solved! Air purifiers work non-stop to control airborne bacteria between cleanings by filtering the air. An incredible 98.11% of aerosolised and surface-dwelling viruses and bacteria are eliminated throughout the day.

We hope we’ve shed some light on the ways you can make essential hygiene improvements ahead of the autumn term. If you’d like to make some upgrades, contact our team of experts today!


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