Best practices for hand sanitizer stands, sanitizing stations, and overall hand hygiene for event industry professionals.
As events make their slow but steady return, planners, exhibitors, and organizers are faced with numerous logistical challenges. Mainly, health and hygiene to keep attendees safe and comfortable is priority number one. Dealing with Covid-19 protocols and local guidelines, such as masking, social distancing, and vaccination requirements is a daunting task for even the most seasoned event professionals.
For live and hybrid events, meeting industry safety guidelines is paramount and is often one of the most important items to address. One such item that has become a staple for trade shows, conventions, expos, festivals, meetings, fairs, and similar events is hand sanitizer stations. Also called sanitizing stations, hand sanitizer stands, sanitizer dispensers, floor standing dispenser stands, and similar, these units have played a key role in helping promote hand hygiene at events.
In the following, we’ll take a look at the various event sanitizer stations that are available and how they are being utilized at convention centers, hotels, and various event venues.
- A gathering refers to a planned or spontaneous event, indoors or outdoors, with a small number of people participating or a large number of people in attendance such as a community event or gathering, concert, festival, conference, parade, wedding, or sporting event.
- The more people an individual interacts with at a gathering and the longer that interaction lasts, the higher the potential risk of becoming infected with COVID-19 and COVID-19 spreading.
- The higher the level of community transmission in the area that the gathering is being held, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spreading during a gathering.
- The size of an event or gathering should be determined based on state, local, territorial or tribal safety laws and regulations.
As the CDC and other industry professionals have stressed, keeping adequate sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol readily accessible is critical on site. At high touchpoint locations, such as registration, food courts, bathrooms, and entries and exits, there are a few options that can be applied. For one, placing pump sanitizer bottles out for guests is one economical solution. Another is the use of wall-mounted dispensers strategically placed throughout the event space. Lastly, and from our experience the most common and best option, is the use of sanitizer stations. These floor standing units make it easy to add sanitizing stations in various locations without the need for tables, walls and mounts, or other unnecessary logistics.
For many events, providing event sanitizer stations that are easy to implement and simple to operate is crucial. For example, automatic dispenser stands require refills and run on batteries, requiring someone to keep an eye on those throughout the event. Others, such as our Foot Operated Dispenser Stands and hold one gallon pump bottles for easy operation. With these, you can set and forget as they will get the job done for hours or even days without maintenance. Additionally, Wipes Stands can provide a simple solution to guests as they hold wipes containers of various size and shape, allowing attendees to easily keep their devices, hands, and other items clean. When planning for an event, thinking through these logistics can help save time, money, and frustration during a live event.
Not all sanitizer stations have to be boring or plain in appearance. For those looking to match the on site branding, booth branding, or incorporate sponsorship branding into the sanitizer stations, there are a number of options available. With 8.5″ x 11″ double sided sign frames, our Wipes Stands and Automatic Dispenser Stands allow for simple and effective branding and signage to be added. For many exhibitors at conventions, expos, or trade shows, the convention centers do not provide these solutions for the booth spaces. It is up to the exhibitors to provide additional sanitizing stations or supplies as deemed fit. From our experience, many are utilizing these brandable sanitizer stands to help keep booth visitors comfortable and to help booth employees keep their hands clean throughout the day.
As you see, there are numerous sanitizer stands and stations for events that can get the job done effectively. Our team has over 10 years of event industry experience, allowing us to speak the operations and logistics lingo. So when you are planning to execute an event or simply exhibit at one, contact us or give us a call at 800.834.2022 to discuss some ideas, we are here to help!
Swan Sanitizers is based in the USA and offers numerous sanitizer stands, stations, and dispenser related products to events nationwide. Your purchases also help support our Public Schools Donation Program.