PSBJ (Public Sector Build Journal) is the industry’s leading monthly title for architects, contractors, LAs and heads of sites at schools, hospitals and leisure centres, looking to make informed decisions when specifying building products.
Welcome to the January issue of PSBJ…
As the country embarks on a mass roll-out of the highly-anticipated vaccine in the fight against COVID-19, we ask how close is the light at the end of the tunnel? The arrival of an approved vaccine was the news we had all been longing to hear, but in reality we could still be a long way from winning the war on this pandemic.
Vaccinating some 55 million people could take months, maybe even the best part of a year. It has been described by GPs as a logistical nightmare and already the Government’s forecast for 10 million doses to be delivered by the end of 2020 was slashed by half.
While most initially thought that we’d be out of this global crisis by 2021, sadly we need to remain cautious and uphold high standards of hygiene that have, in a way, become the new normal. In public buildings, this is especially true.
Reducing touchpoints in public spaces is one of the ways in which building occupants can limit their exposure to infection. Bathrooms, kitchens and entry points, such as doors and handles, are breeding grounds for germs and bacteria, but with the specification of innovative solutions, the risk of cross-contamination can be significantly reduced.
Within this months issue, you will find Richard Bromley, from the ASSA ABLOY Door Hardware Group, outlining the options to reduce touchpoints throughout a site and GROHE UK shares a series of solutions for some of the hygiene hot spots in public buildings – the kitchen and washroom.