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    • CommentAuthortony
    • CommentTimeJun 20th 2014
     
    Spot on Cath

    From now on all greenies will refuse to use the hot taps to wash their hands, I frequently do this already so I completely agree with cold water hand washing especially in schools, public places, etc

    I am going to get this this discussed at the school where I a governor and at some of the local charities.

    The cost savings in both water and energy across the country could run into billions!

    Why have we waited so long to realise this, you are now number one green hero Cath brilliant article!
    • CommentAuthorowlman
    • CommentTimeJun 20th 2014
     
    Begs the question, why install hot taps at all, and with it a further saving on materials and labour.
    • CommentAuthortony
    • CommentTimeJun 20th 2014
     
    Yes, we have a huge opportunity to change our society here and these do not come along very often.
    • CommentAuthorCWatters
    • CommentTimeJun 20th 2014
     
    Are people less likely to wash their hand if the water is cold? Health and cost implications for the NHS?
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      CommentAuthordjh
    • CommentTimeJun 20th 2014
     
    I agree with the goal of cold handwash, but I don't think you can ignore a section of the building regs just because you feel like it! I think it needs a law change as she was told.
    • CommentAuthorGarethC
    • CommentTimeJun 21st 2014
     
    I don't get the magazine (yet!) but I assume that Cath's point was that, as long as you use soap, hot water is unnecessary, and that since only a little hot water is used at a tine, a great proportion is wasted in the pipes, and also, if you have a combi boiler, the heating process is relatively inefficient? If so, I agree with all that wholeheartedly!
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      CommentAuthorSteamyTea
    • CommentTimeJun 21st 2014
     
    I think it is a great idea, will really encourage all the people in the food industry to carry on washing their hands at a regular interval. Should promote this idea in hospitals too. :devil:
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      CommentAuthordjh
    • CommentTimeJun 22nd 2014
     
    Posted By: SteamyTeaI think it is a great idea, will really encourage all the people in the food industry to carry on washing their hands at a regular interval. Should promote this idea in hospitals too.

    Washing your hands for a long time with systematic scrubbing of the fingers etc came from hospitals - the staff know all about it. The problem in hospitals is mainly visitors. I have to say though that I think introducing a cold water only regime is likely to cause food industry staff, hospital staff and hospital visitors (in fact everybody it is imposed on) to rebel and to wash their hands less. People need to be educated that (a) it's no less hygenic to wash in cold water and (b) there's a good reason that they care about to do so. Only then should cold water handwashing replace an existing system.

    The difficulty is convincing people of (b) :devil:
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