Once a luxury and convenience reserved for airports and fancy restaurants, more and more places are installing “touch free” bathrooms. But some establishments are introducing “touch free” in stages (instead of a completely new facility) as a means by which to lessen the financial impact associated with the advanced devices. And therein lies the problem.
Take, for instance, my local library. So far, the toilets are automatic and the hand dryer is touch-free. Unfortunately, there are two sets of doors requiring people to grasp the handle. I’m no germophobe, but I know that not everyone is washing their hands after using the restroom. Barring the presence of paper towels, I have no other option but to touch the bacteria-laden handles — effectively negating the reason for washing my hands in the first place.
And there are likely many other examples. The point is, new technology is only as good as its implementation. If you are going to show a shiny new front, and then force people to use the same old junk as before, it might be better to just wait until you can present everything in a shiny new format. It’s just the right thing to do.
by Tuppence “Penny” Piazza
Residential Life Magazine