Our friends at Bradley Corporation consistently are on the cusp of environmental and health trends with their top of the line commercial and industrial washroom accessories and fixtures. They are leaders in the industry when it comes to the manufacturing of commercial plumbing fixtures, washroom accessories, restroom partitions, emergency fixtures, and solid plastic lockers.
One of their most prominent products, the Verge with WashBar, was designed by Beyond Design and continues to make waves in the industry and rise above competitors in the market. The Washbar most recently is a 2018 International Design Excellence Award ‘Featured Finalist’ awarded by the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA).
This award recognizes the best industrial design projects of the year and has been awarding designers for nearly 40 years. “It stands as an everlasting celebration of brilliance and is a comprehensive reference tool for designers around the world. The winners within this collection are responsible for billions of dollars in sales, have saved lives and have forever changed how people live, work and play. Apple’s original iPhone (Gold, 2008), Tesla’s Model S (Gold, 2013) and the Oculus Rift (Bronze, 2016) are just three recent examples of IDEA winners that have completely disrupted industry and society. This gallery displays the tremendous significance design has in business and beyond. Proving that great results can happen when a design is leveraged to its fullest power.”
The awards are chosen by a prestigious IDEA jury lead by Whirlpool’s Sr. Design Manager Michael Kahwaji. With 1,800 entries, the IDEA jury chose 840 finalists, picking 150 winning entries.
Our Washbar design was in good company amongst other finalists and winners such as the Bose SoundLink Micro Speaker, the Galaxy S8, Nest Hello, Fitbit Flyer, and the LAVA ME injection-molded carbon-fiber guitar (seen below).
The all-in-one handwashing system was a featured finalist for the Commerical & Industrial Products category. The chrome-plated fixture houses touchless soap, water, and dryer while the basin is made with Evero natural quartz. Engineered to balance airflow and noise, the dryer works together with the bowl to prevent water from spraying users and the floor making a standout and well deserving of recognition.
Early Beyond renders of the Washbar.
Healthy Hand Washing
Bradley also shares their Healthy Hand Washing Survey where they annually conduct research to uncover different health and wellness trends. In honor of Global Handwashing Day (October 15th), please read below on how consistently washing hands with soap can serve as a lifeline to our wellbeing.
Hygiene + Food Prep
This year’s theme, “Clean hands – a recipe for health,” accentuates the important link between handwashing and food. Washing hands with soap and water before cooking, eating or feeding others is essential for keeping food clean and safe, preventing diseases and helping children grow up healthy and strong.
With a similar goal of stressing the health importance of regular handwashing, Bradley Corporation conducts an annual Healthy Hand Washing Survey. The survey highlights Americans’ self-reported handwashing beliefs and behaviors, sometimes revealing disconnects in Americans’ handwashing follow-through.
For example, during 2018’s hard-hitting flu season, which sent more than 900,000 people to hospitals, Bradley’s survey found that nearly 60% of Americans were extremely or quite concerned about contracting a new or particularly resilient strain of the flu this year, and 61% made it a point to wash hands more frequently to avoid getting germs or passing them on to others.
Even so, when asked about their hand washing habits in public restrooms, only two-thirds of respondents said they “always” wash their hands after using a public restroom. Moreover, 38% report they “frequently” see others leave a public restroom without washing.
“Our aim is to keep the health benefits of handwashing with soap top-of-mind year-round, especially during cold and flu season. Celebrating Global Handwashing Day is a natural outgrowth of that mission,” says Jon Dommisse, director of global marketing and strategic development for Bradley Corporation.
“Connecting handwashing with our daily habits or rituals is an effective way to form good hand washing practices. Linking handwashing to each meal and every visit to the restroom is an easy and automatic reinforcement of healthy hand washing behavior.”
Avoiding the Flu + Common Cold
According to the Global Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing (PPPHW) who created Global Handwashing Day, research shows that better handwashing practices could cut the rate of acute respiratory infections (including pneumonia) by more than 20% and diarrheal diseases by nearly 50%.
Medical experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization agree that developing a habit of consistent and thorough handwashing with soap and water is the best prevention of cold and flu germs and the spread of other contagious illnesses seen around the globe like diarrhea and pneumonia.
“In addition to advocating access to and education of universal hand washing practices, Global Handwashing Day is a great reminder for businesses and facilities to ensure they are providing clean and well-maintained facilities that promote thorough hand washing,” Dommisse said.
Please note the article is originally written by Bradley Corporation and was featured in Safety and Health Magazine. It can be read in full here.