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Changing Trends & Washroom Hygiene

[box type=”shadow” ]“We also need to stress the growing importance of wearing protective eye gear. When cleaning restrooms, there is always the possibility that the cleaning agent, germs, bacteria or other contaminants may enter the eye.”

– Amy Seretsky

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This is mainly a result of “the rising consciousness among women about feminine hygiene, rising disposable incomes, busy lifestyles, and the changing role of women in the workforce of most countries in the Asia-Pacific. Active lifestyles are compelling the increased usage of products that allow a high level of convenience. Additionally, the heightened consciousness regarding fashion and overall presence among women in the region is promoting the increased usage of products such as tampons.”

The research also indicates that this growth in feminine hygiene products is most prevalent in urban areas. “But in India, 70% of the country’s population reside in the countryside. This means growth may be slower. However, companies, in conjunction with the Indian government, are taking steps to provide more feminine hygiene products at no charge in these areas.”

Besides the feminine hygiene bins, thermal incineration is also catching up. Few of the schools in rural areas have installed small sanitary waste incinerators along with sanitary pad dispensers.

While, the scene looks encouraging for feminine hygiene market in Asia, “there are parts of North America, where when it comes to providing feminine hygiene products many building managers want to remove the dispensers/bins. They view these items only as a cost and believe most women already carry this product with them. However, studies indicate just the opposite and that women would like to see more feminine hygiene product dispensers installed, not less.”

This trend is probably not limited to North America, even in Asian countries, including India, the usage or installations of feminine hygiene is limited to segments like IT, corporate, FMCG and similar segments.

However, trendy dispensers and bins are catching attention. “With more attractive and dependable machines that are easier to operate and repair when needed, we are beginning to see more dispensers installed in restrooms around the world.”feminine
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While it is difficult to exactly pinpoint the driving factors, there are distinct components constituting change, says Amy Seretsky. “We can only generalize. However, two factors — globalization and an increased awareness of how soiled restrooms can spread disease — are behind the increased focus on washroom hygiene. For example, let us say a business woman comes to the US. During her stay, she is exposed to germs and bacteria that may have little or no impact on Americans. But because she has never encountered them in India, there is a chance she will become ill. This happens in reverse as well and whenever people from one part of the world visit another. The only way to help prevent these illnesses is through more efficient and thorough cleaning.”

Cleaning and disposing sanitary waste is another issue that must be discussed says Amy. “When it comes to washroom hygiene cleaning workers must wear protective gear. While many cleaning workers around the world are now wearing gloves when they perform cleaning duties, they may not be wearing the right gloves. Studies indicate that many accidents and injuries in cleaning and other trades are the result of the incorrect glove being worn.

“We also need to stress the growing importance of wearing protective eye gear. When cleaning restrooms, there is always the possibility that the cleaning agent, germs, bacteria or other contaminants may enter the eye. This spattering can spread diseases throughout the body. Just as it is important to select the right gloves, it is equally important to choose the right eye gear. Be sure to work with a knowledgeable distributor to ensure the right protective gear and clothing are selected and worn for all cleaning tasks, especially washroom cleaning.”

Hence, there is a change, there is demand, there are washroom hygiene solutions, there are products in the market today but the bottom line is washrooms can be clean and usable only when the user uses these solutions and does not mess up with them.

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