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COVID-19 update: Hand sanitising door handle launches to coincide with ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ initiative

Published 13th August, 2020 by Neil Nixon

COVID-19 update: Hand sanitising door handle launches to coincide with ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ initiative

OpenClean Technologies is officially open for business in the UK with the launch of its key product: the PullClean hand-sanitising door handle.

The innovative door handle design was invented by two Oxford academics, including a doctor who felt he did not have the opportunity to wash or sanitise his hands enough on busy shifts and who needed a solution - quickly.

PullClean replaces the door handle in its entirety. The product can be accommodated on virtually any bathroom/lavatory door and also fits to hallway and office doors. Ease of installation was a priority for the team with each PullClean taking less than 10 minutes to have up-and-running.

To use, a tube-shaped cartridge is placed in the centre of the door handle, which releases sanitiser when the paddle is pushed upon exit of the door. A PullClean cartridge provides 400 uses.

Founder and inventor, Dr Jake Mcknight, an expert in hand sanitation and hospital management, said: “Originally we designed the door handles to be used in a clinical setting, yet now we’re seeing demand rocket in the hospitality and leisure sectors as governments attempt to get the spending economy back on track. We’ve a track record of success, operating in hundreds of hotels and restaurants internationally - including some global names. With the UK government pushing Eat Out to Help Out we’ve sped up our launch here so as to help as many businesses as possible. Our mission is to make hand sanitising intuitive and not something we will forget, are too busy or distracted to do, and to educate around critical contamination points. There’s a lot we still don’t know about the virus at this stage, but all the evidence suggests that keeping hands clean is a really important way of reducing infection.”

General manager, Matthew Tuffee, continued: “By installing PullClean owners and operators of bars, restaurants and hotels can show they care about their customers’ health and wellness, as well as their staff. There has never been a greater need to restore customers’ confidence and make sure team members feel safe and looked after coming back to work. It’s all well and good having a bottle of hand sanitiser on the bar now, or even a ‘station’ set up, but what about in six months time, a year even? A product such as ours shows that establishments have long-term plans in place to ensure customers and staff stay safe and hand sanitisation remains as part of our daily routine.”

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