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HAND DRYERS VERSUS THE PAPER INDUSTRY

 BERKELEY, Ill., July 26 /PRNewswire/ -- World Dryer Corporation, the industry leader for over forty years in warm air hand dryers for public washrooms, responded today to a study indicating that dryers are not as sanitary as paper towels.
 "We have difficulty finding credibility with a study that was underwritten by a paper towel manufacturing association in the United Kingdom," said Randy Cordoba, president of World Dryer Corporation in Berkeley, Ill. "This report contradicts nearly a decade of independent scientific and medical research of hand drying and sanitation."
 One study that was conducted in 1991, at the University of Ottawa and presented to the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, states "The results of this (study) clearly show that electric air dryers may be superior to the other two drying methods, (paper, cloth) in the elimination of bacteria as well as viruses after hygienic hand washing."(a)
 A second study, conducted at Papworth Hospital in Cambridge, England reported "No significant difference between aerosols liberated by towels and dryers were observed for two units (electric hand dryers) generated significantly fewer aerosols than towels."(b)
 The study, financed by the British paper towel manufacturers, was published at a time when ``worldwide sales of warm air hand dryers are increasing due to the growing recognition that hand dryers are more environmentally sound as well as more sanitary than paper towels," stated Cordova, "use of paper towels for hand drying needlessly destroys trees and consumes diminishing landfill space."
 World Dryer is the largest manufacturer of warm air hand dryers.
 NOTES: (a) Ansari, S.A., Sattar, S.A. and Springthorpe, V.S., 1990. Comparison of Cloth-, Paper-, and Air-Drying In Eliminating Viruses and Bacteria From Washed Hands. International Symposium on Chemical Germicides, July, 1990.
 (b) Matthews, J.A., and Newsome, W.B., 1987. Hot air electric hand driers compared with paper towels for potential spread of airborne bacteria. Journal of Hospital Infection, 1987, 9:85-88.
 -0- 7/26/93
 /CONTACT: Linda Kilbryde or Tom Landy, both of World Dryer Corporation, 708-449-6950/


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