Northern Ireland manufacturing company develops Hydropod

The Hydropod, a “practical but multifaceted” portable hand washing station designed to help protect against the coronavirus, has been developed by Northern Ireland manufacturing company Jans Composites. 

CEO Ronan Hamill explains: “For me the idea was simple, why do we need a hand sanitising unit, why can we not just wash our hands? We set about the design, the development and then the manufacture of a portable handwashing station which can be dropped into any location to service any organisation in any sector.”

The modular station has a number of practical and easy to clean features, including an antibacterial gel coat on the GRP (glass reinforced plastic), programmable sensor taps and a hands-free paper towel dispenser, water filters, polycarbonate screens which are vandal resistant, and sink and dispenser heights that are adjustable to comply with wheelchair regulation.

The portable hand washing station that can be dropped into any location without the need for a constant water or power supply.

Ronan is convinced that certain behaviours like washing your hands more frequently will remain with us long after the Covid pandemic has gone. “Businesses can’t keep using these expensive gels for their customers and the cumulative use of them has got to have a detrimental effect on people’s skin. This makes much more sense, after all, this has been and continues to be the guidance, to wash your hands.”

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