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ETS chairman Roberto Berardi to detail tissue market prospects at Tissue World
The superior hygiene performance of tissue products and the benefits they present will be discussed by ETS chairman, Roberto Berardi, as a guest speaker at Tissue World, which is taking place from 17th - 19th March 2015, Fira Barcelona, Spain.
The presentation will take place at midday on March 17th and will reference the latest scientific studies which showed that some jet air and warm hand dryers can disperse bacteria into the air and onto users and bystanders. This has significant implications for cleaning, facilities and hospitality managers responsible for equipping washrooms in public places.
The studies led by experts Professor Mark Wilcox and Keith Redway of the University of Leeds and Leeds Teaching Hospital and the University of Westminster, were funded by ETS.
The studies compared different hand drying methods and their potential to spread bacteria from hands into the air. Jet-air dryers were found to spread greater numbers of bacteria-carrying water droplets that travelled further than other drying methods. In addition, the bacteria remained present in the air long after the dryer has stopped.
Mr. Berardi will also touch on the consensus statement made by leading European microbiologists and hospital hygienists. The scientists reviewed evidence that hand drying using single use towels rather than electric dryers leads to lower numbers of microbes on hands and in the washroom (both in the air and on surfaces). It concludes that the choice of hand drying methods should take into account the risk of contaminating the hands, other individuals and the washroom, especially in settings where hygiene is very important.
The consensus statement provides sound advice for those offering services to offices, manufacturing plants and all workplaces to provide clients with a washroom environment that upholds the highest standards of hygiene.
ETS is the European Tissue Paper Industry Association. The members of ETS represent the majority of tissue paper producers throughout Europe and around 90% of the total European tissue production. ETS was founded in 1971 and is based in Brussels.
12th February 2015