Hand washing stations FAQs

Sterizen® hand wash stations provide access to hand washing facilities where people meet to work, socialise or improve their health. With their durable construction and modern design, they’re ideal for all types of environments including medical settings, offices and showrooms, hotels, restaurants and bars.

Are portable hand washing stations sanitary?

Like permanent taps and soap dispensers, portable hand wash stations come in both manual and automatic. Automatic versions like the Sterizen® Handwash Station Z1 and Sterizen® Handwash Station Z2 use infrared sensors to dispense soap and water.

Touchless systems provide another line of defence in the fight against Covid-19 and other infectious bacteria and viruses. The Z1 and Z2 also include a digital display to guide users through the correct way to wash their hands.

What are the benefits of a hand washing station?

Portable hand washing stations can be placed where traditional hand washing facilities are not available, either because there’s no water supply or because they’re temporary.

They are a visual reminder of the importance of good hand hygiene for both visitors and staff. They are also easy to clean and maintain and suitable for most environments. The benefit of a Sterizen® hand wash station is that clean and dirty water, soap, and hand towels (dryers) are contained within one unit.

What types of Sterizen® hand washing stations are available?

There are many different types of hand washing stations including floor-standing and wall-mounted, foot operated and automatic, plumbed-in and manual fill. We manufacture two types of floor-standing units – plumbed in and manual fill.

We also manufacture shorter hand wash stations for schools like the Z3 Child-size Handwash Station. To encourage good hand hygiene from an early age you can also customise the Z3 with eye catching graphics such as our BuggOUT monster range.

Manual fill hand washing stations are the most flexible but not the most convenient. Manual fill stations have two tanks: one contains fresh water, the other dirty. They need an electric supply to run the pump and heat the water (where available), but not a mains or waste pipe connection. So, it’s possible to install a manual unit in more places.

Before rushing out to buy a manual system you need to plan how you’ll fill and empty the tank. You need access to a suitable tap to accommodate the bottle and somewhere to empty the used water.

We’ve designed our manual units with 12.5-litre tanks. This equates to around 62 washes. Any bigger and it would become more difficult to empty and refill. Where possible, we recommend installing a plumbed-in system as these are hassle-free and can work out cheaper.

Plumbed in hand wash stations use water pressure from the mains supply rather than an electric pump. They don’t need to be refilled or emptied so are less hassle than a manual unit. Sterizen® plumbed-in units come complete with a mains waste kit.

Is a hand wash station easy to install?

Sterizen® hand wash stations are straightforward to install, once the pipework is in place. The flexible piping clips to the mains water and waste pipe exactly the same as a washing machine or dishwasher.

For help choosing the most suitable hand wash station for your workplace or facility get in touch.