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Wash Your Hands Or Trip The Alarm: P&G Seeks To Reduce Germ Spread In Public Restrooms

April 28, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Using some scary public restroom germ facts, Procter & Gamble announced it is experimenting with a soap dispenser alarm system that makes a noise when people don’t wash their hands after going to the bathroom. Though public toilets have more than three million germs per square inch that can cause flu, pneumonia and tuberculosis, a third of people who use them fail to wash their hands. Market tested in the Philippines, the system locks the door on public restroom stalls in restaurants, schools and offices using pressure sensors connected to wall-mounted soap dispensers. To quiet the alarm, you have to use some soap.
Barrett J. Brunsman, "Did you wash your hands? P&G testing soap alarms in public restrooms", Cincinnati Business Courier, April 28, 2014, © American City Business Journals
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