Flushing menstrual products such as a tampons or pads can wreak havoc on your facility’s plumbing. Two innovative products shown at the 2019 BOMA International Conference & Expo are more hygienic solutions for your tenants and cleaning staff that motivate proper disposal.
Pure Concepts sales director Darren Zygis says menstrual product solutions for facilities has “been an overlooked category for close to 40 years.” The ubiquitous metal dispenser found in most restroom stalls hasn’t changed much, he adds, stating that, “Women deserve something hygienic.”
There are three main problems with typical metal dispensers, Zygis says:
- Women have to touch the units to use them.
- Women are exposed to all the waste inside (hygienically and visually) when they open them.
- Facilities and cleaning staff are also exposed when they empty the units.
MaskIT and Pure Concepts’ SaniPod products aim to replace those metal dispensers in a variety of restroom environments.
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Darren Zygis, sales director for Pure Concepts Ltd:
SaniPod is a menstrual product disposal unit with a touch-free automatic lid option. When motion activated, the lid lifts the liner to the top of the unit. This solves the common issue when tampons or pads are disposed of in the dispenser but miss the liner and fall between it and the dispenser wall.
“Cleaners have to contact that directly,” Zygis says. “It’s very unhygienic.”
The manual lid unit has a small loop that can be used to lift the lid instead of touching the unit itself. The liner is also brought to the top of the unit for better hygiene while eliminating visual exposure to waste.
When facilities staff service the dispensers, they tear away the full liner from a continuous roll and dispose of it. Then they simply pull down the new bag and tie a knot. Both versions come in stainless, white, black or can be customized to fit the design element of the restroom.
Shallan Ramsey, founder, inventor and CEO of MaskIT:
Invented by Shallan Ramsey, MaskIT is a menstrual care disposal unit geared toward protecting women's health. Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and MRSA can be transmitted through exposure to menstrual blood, Ramsey says. Standard metal dispensers can lead to spreading pathogens from the stall door handle to the paper towel dispenser.
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As a solution, the MaskIT unit dispenses two different sizes of pouches—one for tampons, one for pads—that allow women to cover their hands when removing their menstrual care product, then invert the pouch to cover the product, seal it and toss it into the metal receptacle.
“Because of the glove-like protection, we’re able to reduce potential blood-borne pathogen exposure risk at all touchpoints in the restrooms,” Ramsey says. “Blood is sealed and contained before going into the receptacle. That keeps receptacles clean.”
MaskIT dispensers come with easy-to-understand instructions on how to use and seal the pouches. The goal is to promote healthy practices in the restroom while discouraging flushing of menstrual products.
“It’s a proactive way for facilities to protect the health of everyone using their restroom and their facilities staff,” Ramsey says. “The bonus is reduction in toilet paper usage and plumbing issues.”
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