Soap dispensers are an important part of everyday workplace hygiene. No matter the industry or sector, there is a requirement to keep proper basic hygiene.

Buying your soap dispenser comes with a number of decisions to make. In this Direct365 buyers guide, we will walk through the process, from why you need a soap dispenser to which might be the best type for you.

While you might understand that you need proper hygiene equipment in your workplace, you may not know why. Many establishments believe in offering hygiene products to staff and visitors, but for new businesses, it is important to understand that it is actually a legal requirement to offer certain facilities from your business. These are:

  • clean toilets and hand basins, with running hot and cold or warm water, soap and towels or another suitable means of drying
  • drinking water
  • somewhere to rest and eat meals, including facilities for eating food which would otherwise become contaminated
  • showers for dirty work or emergencies
  • drying facilities for wet work clothes, if practical and necessary
  • accommodation or hanging space for personal clothing not worn at work (and somewhere to change if special clothing is worn for work)
  • rest facilities for pregnant women and nursing mothers

These points are taken directly from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) website and clearly indicate that, amongst other things, you must offer running water, soap and a way to dry a person’s hands.

Soap dispensers are a clean, effective solution to keeping everyone in your business hygienic and keeping your business compliant.

There are three main types of dispenser. These are:

Manual push – This type of dispenser operates with push technology. Manually pushing a button or lever dispenses soap from underneath.

Automatic push – These are newer technology that works to dispense the soap without touch. All you need to do is put your hands under the dispenser and the sensor will automatically dispense soap.

Bottle dispenser – The bottle dispensers are used less frequently, especially in corporate surroundings. Bottles are manual dispensers but need to be replaced or refilled which, because of the size, is difficult and messy.

A manual dispenser.

Small bottle – Using a small bottle is probably the least beneficial option because they are more expensive and worse for the environment.

Liquid 5 litre bottles – These bottles are available for use in all refill dispensers and are by far the cheapest and most sustainable refill option. Customers benefit from buying in bulk and using less plastic.

Foam soap – Foam soap is a dryer, tidier form of soap to the standard liquid soaps. Less prone to wastage and only slightly more expensive than standard soap, this could be a good option for your business.

Sanitiser – Hand sanitiser is for use after or in between washes, with the aim to be an ongoing way to avoid germs and keep clean. Available in small bottles, large bottles or cartridges, sanitiser is a great tool for safety – especially post-COVID.

Buying from Direct365 is safe, easy and cost-effective. As well as being the best option for small businesses, we:

  • Adhere to regulations. We help you meet Duty of Care needs and comply with current hygiene guidelines.
  • Use anti-bacterial coating. Our dispensers help prevent the spread of bacteria with innovative hygiene technology.
  • Have nationwide availability. You can get our rapid workplace services no matter where your business is based.
  • Have a ‘best price’ promise. We guarantee to save your business money with our cost-effective dispenser service.

For more information about how we can supply and save, give us a call on 0808 274 7876.