There are many various ways to transmit a viral or bacterial infection. One such infection risk is what is known as smear infection. For example, if you touch a contaminated door handle and then touch your face, pathogens can reach the mucous membranes.
In some cases, these germs can remain active for very long periods on materials such as plastic or stainless steel, thus remaining contagious on the door handle for several days. As a system-relevant supplier, Zimmer Group is well aware of its responsibility. In addition to many other in-house precautions, it also uses the Hand-Held successfully at its own corporate locations.
Zimmer GmbH Kunststofftechnik – the plastics engineering subsidiary of the Zimmer Group – is producing a hygienic door handle attachment. This product makes it possible to open and close a door without touching the handle with the palm of your hand but with the help of your forearm or elbow.
Manufacturing the Hand-Held in a plastic injection molding process makes it possible to offer a more stable and cost-effective alternative to 3D printing. Installing it is fast and very easy and it is compatible with most commercially available door handles (Ø 17 - 23 mm). This means that potential pathogens do not reach the palms of hands and the risk of a smear infection is reduced. The door handle attachment can also be cleaned very quickly. Its two-part, threaded design
and the rubber inlay specially manufactured for this purpose mean that it rests stably on the door handle and does not slip. The Hand-Held has a wide variety of applications. In addition to use in business or government agency facilities, it can also be used in the household. It is particularly well suited for heavily used doors, including main entrance doors or restroom doors in busy public buildings such as schools, government agencies, hospitals or clinics.
- Can be cleaned quickly
- Easy to install
- Convenient to operate
- Compatible with most commercially available door handles
- More stable and cost-effective alternative to 3D printing
The Hand-Held hygienic door opener from Zimmer Group makes it possible to open and close doors using your elbow or forearm. This reduces the spread of viruses, bacteria and other microorganisms and minimizes the risk of infection.
The Hand-Held is not suitable for emergency exit doors and panic doors in accordance with EN 179 and EN 1125, or for fire doors and smoke doors in accordance with DIN 18 273 and EN 1634. If additional country-specific standards and specifications apply, these must be observed.
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