February 25, 2019
Western Mass News recently interviewed Professor and Chair of Environmental Health Sciences Timothy Ford on a feature story about the levels of bacteria spread by electric hand-dryers. He says air hand-dryers could transfer bacteria to hands by pulling contaminated air from the surrounding area.
“Pathogens are bacteria that could cause disease and are transferred through the dryers exposing you to probably more pathogens within the whole bathroom environment then perhaps a paper towel would do," he says.
As part of the story, Environmental Health Sciences graduate student Brooke Stebbins conducted a simple experiment comparing the levels of contaminants on paper towels versus hand dryers. Results were similar for both tests.