NI hand-washing station launched this week to help businesses fight COVID-19

  • An NI-developed hand washing station was officially launched on Monday to provide touchless washing facilities for organisations during the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Antrim firm Jans Composites developed the HydroPod in partnership with Newtownabbey-based Environmental Street Furniture (ESF).

    Washing your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water is effective in destroying the Covid-19 virus as it destroys the fatty membrane the disease is encased in, and can be less harsh on people's skin compared to alcohol-based sanitisers.

    Alan Lowry, managing director of ESF said: “The system has many features that makes it ideal for different settings, whether indoor or outdoor; it’s wheelchair accessible, it can be mains or standalone operated, it is non-flammable and it’s sustainable.

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    “The fact that it only uses soap and water means there are no harsh chemicals so it can be used by anyone, including those with skin care issues. There are no expensive gels to buy either, which means it is an extremely cost-effective option.

    “Since going on the market, the HydroPod has been extremely well received by businesses, retail stores, event organisers, as well as sports and educational facilities and we look forward to seeing this product grow.”

    CEO of Jans Composites, Ronan Hamill commented: "From an antibacterial gel coat on the GRP (glass reinforced plastic) to programmable sensor taps and a hands-free paper towel dispenser, water filters, polycarbonate screens which are vandal resistant, sink and dispenser heights, adjustable to comply with wheelchair regulation, this modular station has many practical and easy to clean features."

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    Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Jim Montgomery, who attended the launch of the HydroPod added: “It’s a credit to our Borough to see how local businesses have adapted to the needs of the Covid-19 pandemic and ESF is no exception.

    “The HydroPod is a truly innovative product that has the potential to be successful not just in the months, but years ahead. This is also an excellent example of two local companies collaborating to respond to changing market conditions and help secure jobs and I congratulate all involved.”

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    For more information on the HydroPod, visit www.worldofesf.com.

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