Sunday, 2 January 2011

Morrisons York: Aw, for f...

Our general advice when it comes to supermarket toilets is "Avoid! Avoid! Avoid!". They are inevitably full of coughing, germ-spreading old ladies and irritating, badly behaved (not to mention snotty) children. However, needs must when the devil drives, and sometimes a quick visit to the loos is unavoidable. We recently found ourselves in the toilets in Morrisons. Cleanliness-wise, we have no complaints, but the hand-washing facilities - oh, alas, alas! 

But to proceed in due order, the toilet itself is clean and fairly normal. The flush is one of the detestable horizontal lever ones, which is extremely inefficient, forcing us to flush several times, flexing our biceps to a quite considerable extent - but that's to be expected. The toilet paper is plain white and hygienically covered, and the bin likewise is covered and at a laudable distance from the user. The coat-hook is exemplary; extremely sturdy and with space for numerous bags as well as a coat.

Unfortunately, however, the hand-washing facilities are just deplorable. Here are the guidelines for handwashing from the Department of Health: Wet, Soap, Wash, Rinse, Dry.

Here are guidelines from the NHS:
An effective handwashing technique involves three stages: preparation, washing and rinsing, and drying. Preparation requires wetting hands under tepid running water before applying the recommended amount of liquid soap or an antimicrobial preparation. The handwash solution must come into contact with all of the surfaces of the hand. The hands must be rubbed together vigorously for a minimum of 10-15 seconds, paying particular attention to the tips of the fingers, the thumbs and the areas between the fingers. Hands should be rinsed thoroughly prior to drying with good quality paper towels.
And an NHS video, following World Health Organisation guidelines, demonstrating how the process of handwashing should ideally be carried out (note the mixer tap facilitating the process):

We don't see how it is possible to follow these guidelines when using a despicable "auto handwash/dryer", where the soap comes before the water, and a horrible air-dryer concludes the whole sorry business.

Hygeia says yes...

Urk! Urk! Urk!

...but frowns at this abomination!

Points: 2/15

Foss Islands Retail Park
Foss Islands Road
York YO31 7UL

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