The document outlines ETS’ position on the use of paper hand towels for hand drying. It explains why single use towels are one of the best options for the promotion of good hand hygiene. Scientific studies have demonstrated that the use of absorbent single use towels to dry the hands offers the optimal level of hygiene [...]
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With the objective of raising awareness of the most efficient and hygienic ways to dry the hands, the European Tissue Symposium is launching a written essay competition.Title of Essay:“What is the most hygienic way to dry your hands?”Fourth year medical student, Sarah Freeston, has scooped the prize in the 2015 European Tissue Symposium Essay Competition [...]
ICPIC is a renowned International Conference on Prevention and Infection Control, promoted by the World Health Organization.ETS also participated in the ICPIC 2015 Congress in Geneva, Switzerland, with a dedicated symposium presentation on hand hygiene and a booth where visitors could obtain more information. A perfect opportunity to inform some of the 800 delegates attending to the Congress on following information: “Contamination [...]
The European Tissue Paper Industry Association supports the use of fibres from sustainable and legally managed forests. ETS particularly encourages the use of third party certification as one of the best ways to ensure that suppliers meet these requirements.The Tissue industry applauds the two leading forestry certification systems: PEFC and FSC and believes that they [...]
Comparison of different hand-drying methods: the potential for airborne microbe dispersal & contamination
A University of Westminster peer-reviewed and published study suggests single use towels are the most hygienic way to dry hands after visiting the washroomNew research by the University of Westminster, commissioned by ETS, the European Tissue Symposium, suggests that single use towels are the most hygienic way to dry hands after visiting the washroom. Despite [...]
Jet air and warm air driers contaminate air in washrooms and may be unsuitable for use in healthcare settings. Bacteria propelled into the air and onto users and by-standers risks cross contamination between healthcare workers and general publicThe peer reviewed study, performed by Prof. Mark Wilcox of the Leeds University and Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trusts concludes that [...]
As manufacturers of single use products, the Tissue Sector is committed to promoting sustainable development through its business activities and this includes the use of different fibre raw materials. The tissue industry makes a range of different products for different hygiene applications. The decision of a manufacturer to use recovered or new fibres depends upon [...]
MAYO Clinic Proceedings: The Hygienic Efficacy of Different Hand-Drying Methods: A review of the evidence
The flagship journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings has published a study which reviews all the relevant literature on hygienic hand drying and concludes that regarding hygiene there is a clear superiority of Paper Towels vs. electric air dryers.“From a hygiene viewpoint, paper towels are superior to electric air dryers.”“Drying hands thoroughly with single-use, disposable paper towels is [...]