Need of Hour – Everything you need to know about automatic sanitizer dispenser

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Hands are responsible for performing most of our daily activities and contribute to the transmission of diseases through viruses, pathogens, and germs. Based on the advice of various medical experts, the best way to keep you and your family healthy is by regularly washing hands with soap and water. In the case of the unavailability of the same, hand sanitizers are the way to go. Hand sanitizers get rid of unwanted germs and are a preventive measure when exposed to various surfaces and environments. 60-95% is the accepted threshold of alcohol level in the sanitizer to effectively kill undesirable microorganisms that you may have had interactions with.
Most activities like the use of toilets, bathrooms, and eateries are performed by hands. These locations are visited by many, and hence, the probability of the transmission of disease amongst these people, despite regular sanitation, is very high. A solution to address this problem is by the implementation of automatic sanitizer dispensers, as its use proves to be lucrative to the workplace, malls, public transport, etc. where contact with hands is the maximum.

Manual Hand Sanitisers require direct contact every time it is used, defeating the entire purpose of sanitizing the hands. Automatic dispensers to provide sanitizers to workers and customers is the best option to maintain hygiene. It successfully prevents disease-causing pathogens to pass from one person to another. As it is automatic in its dispensing, it does not require people to touch it, therefore reducing the risk of transmission by a lot. Installation of an automatic sanitizer dispenser will also encourage the staff and customers to make use of it. Manual application of sanitizer may give rise to apprehension due to laziness, ignorance or so as to avoid contact with the dispenser that has already been touched by many. Therefore, automatic sanitizer will guarantee that more people will take the time to keep their hands clean.

The automatic sanitizer dispenser is significantly more economical than its manual counterpart. This is due to the fact that every time the automatic sanitizer is used, the same amount of sanitizer will be dispensed. This maintains uniformity, and hence, avoids wastage, only dispensing the amount that is required. The number of funds expended by the government, companies, and organizations to constantly provide sanitizer becomes considerably low with the use of automatic technology.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, an automatic sanitizer dispenser has rightly become the need of the hour. The government, various startups, and research organizations have come up with their own design and modification to the dispenser. Following are a few examples:

The government basic training center that works under the Industrial Training Department has manufactured its own take at the automatic sanitizer dispenser to curb the spread of the virus. The dispenser is equipped with a sensor and has two variants: 1.5 liters and 2liters. It is targeted towards crowded offices.

Rail Mitra” is a robot designed by the railways to distribute medicines, food, and water and provide supplies necessary for coronavirus positive patients limiting the chances of direct contact with them. The automatic sanitizer dispenses sanitizer for exactly 0.75 seconds when hands are placed under the dispenser.

In order to cater to the growing needs of the hour, Hyderabad’s startup-Emfact Embedded Systems introduced Shodhan-L, a sensor-based automatic, Touch Free, Hand Sanitiser Dispenser. The dispenser is equipped with a sensor to detect hands and is capable of dispensing exactly 2.5 ml of hand sanitizer each time. As per CDC guidelines to be effective it has to dispense 2.4 to 3 ml. And there is a time gap of 5 seconds between each cycle of action. 25 to 30 seconds is sufficient for the efficacy of hand rubbing.

Everything comes with its disadvantages. It includes limited battery life, expendable costs of replenishing batteries, and the appeal of potential vandalism. Through this article, Digitos aims to encourage institutional purchasers of the automatic dispenser to plan for all aspects of maintaining touch-free dispensers. They should consider touch-free dispensers in public and prominent locations that have reasonable supervision and frequent attention by maintenance staff. They must also make a plan for having a constant supply of batteries and store them in a safe, manageable place.

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