The Dyson Airblade hand dryer is the first product to join RSPH’s new accreditation scheme, which is designed to endorse products that support health, hygiene and safety.

RSPH’s panel of scientific experts has rigorously examined the hygiene claims made for the new hand dryer, to ensure that the scientific evidence really stacks up.

Unlike warm air hand dryers it doesn’t rely on evaporation to dry hands. Instead it filters incoming air to remove 99.9% of bacteria and then literally scrapes water from hands in just 10 seconds. The HEPA filtration combined with the fast dry time means that people leave the bathroom with completely dry hands, reducing the risk of cross contamination.

Professor Richard Parish, Chief Executive of RSPH commented: “We are delighted that the Dyson Airblade™ hand dryer is the first product to pass our stringent review, and we consider that it is a significant step forward in hand dryer technology and hygiene.”

Dyson’s hand dryer will now be able to use the new accreditation kitemark, which demonstrates that their claims have been closely examined and approved by an independent team of specialists in their field.

Toby Saville, Dyson Microbiologist, said: “The RSPH accreditation helps reinforce our findings that the Dyson Airblade™ hand dryer is the only hygienic hand dryer available. In such an unregulated and murky market, endorsements such as the RSPH add much needed credibility and impartiality.”

Other organisations in the fields of cleaning, infection control, hygiene and safety, who are interested in accreditation for their products, should contact Anna Zilnyk at the Royal Society for Public Health for more information.