Hands free door handles and Coronavirus Covid-19

Posted by Lee Bessell on

Why are door handles a risk with Coronavirus Covid-19?

Coronavirus can survive on a hard surface such as door handles for up to 9 days* according to recent scientific reports.

A door handle could be touched by different people many times a minute.... this makes a door handle a key risk in an office, public or care home environment for infection.

How can door handles be made Coronavirus Covid-19 safe?

The only way to stop a door handle transmitting a virus from hand to hand is to stop touching it: a hands-free handle. Hygienic Handles are designed as a hands-free handle to allow you to operate a door without your hand needing to touch the handle. You operate the handle with your arm or with your foot.

You cannot rely on coatings alone to protect you from a virus transfer. Silver Ion technology accelerates the degradation of the virus but it still takes a significant time (even in ideal conditions). Some other 'hygienic handles' rely on the coating as the primary infection control measure, we know this is not enough. We offer our anti-microbial (Silver Ion) as an additional hygienic feature not the primary barrier to cross-infection which we believe is a good addition to our Arm Handles. 

To disinfect door handles and surfaces from Covid-19**: 

Use disposable cloths or paper roll and disposable mop heads, to clean all hard surfaces, floors, chairs, door handles and sanitary fittings, following one of the options below:

  • use either a combined detergent disinfectant solution at a dilution of 1,000 parts per million available chlorine


  • a household detergent followed by disinfection (1000 ppm av.cl.). Follow manufacturer’s instructions for dilution, application and contact times for all detergents and disinfectants







Hygienic Handles

Easily Convert Doors to “Hands-Free” Opening. Facilities & Office Managers: Protect staff by making workplace robust to COVID-19 cross-infection: make doors “hands-free” with our easily installed products. Designed & produced in Britain and in stock, ready for despatch. Learn more at: www.hygieinichandles.co.uk


Hygienic Handles is the new division of Astor Bannerman Ltd of Cheltenham, medical/care equipment suppliers with over 25 years’ experience & expertise. The new range of Hygienic Handles equipment enables doors to be opened and closed by arm or foot, removing the need for hand contact with the handle, to create a safer workplace and protect your people. #handsfreedoors #workplacesafety #protectingpeople #stopthevirus #stopthespread #stopcovid19

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