Survey: COVID-Era Office Workers Prefer Touchless Restroom Fixtures

When it comes to restroom breaks, office workers in the U.S. say that touchless restroom fixtures are the No. 1 feature that would make them feel safer when using their workplace restroom. According to the Healthy Handwashing Survey by Bradley Corp., touch-free washroom fixtures received the highest safety ranking, followed by access to well-stocked supplies such as soap and paper towels; a clean, disinfectant smell; sufficient space for social distancing and posted signage with the restroom’s cleaning schedule.

Not only do they associate touchless fixtures with a safer restroom environment, office workers view them as must haves. Nearly four in five (79%) of office workers believe no-touch fixtures are an important feature in workplace restrooms. Among the general U.S. population, this sentiment is even higher – 84% say they are important in public restrooms.

“Interestingly, two-thirds of office workers use a paper towel to avoid touching restroom door handles, flushers and faucet handles,” said Jon Dommisse, vice president of marketing and corporate communications, Bradley Corp. “This evasive action further demonstrates why touch-free restroom fixtures resonate so much with restroom users.”

Hand-washing is also top-of-mind for office workers, as 70% report washing their hands more now because of new COVID strains, such as the Delta variant. Overall, half of office workers are washing their hands six-plus times a day.

The Healthy Handwashing Survey queried 1,035 American adults Aug. 3-10, 2021, about their hand-washing habits, concerns about the coronavirus and their return to the workplace. A subset of 513 respondents who work in offices were identified and asked a series of applicable questions. Participants were from around the country and were evenly split between men and women. The Healthy Handwashing Survey of the general population has a margin of error of +/- 3% and the office worker subset has a margin of error of +/- 4%, with a 95% confidence level.

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