Some people say that the Industrial Revolution (c. 1750-1850) was the forefront of illness and disease. But the main cause for all illness and disease is improper hygiene.

In 1858 a man named Ignaz Semmelweis discovered the importance of hand hygiene which began the era of infection control.

Semmelweis was an Austrian-Hungarian Physician working in the maternity dept. of a Vienna hospital. He discovered from watching medical students and midwives that fatal childbed fever occurred more frequently in women who were assisted by medical students. The students were assisting childbirth often after they performed autopsies on patients who had died from sepsis. Because of this discovery he introduced a strict hand washing policy with a chlorinated lime antiseptic solution. Immediately and significantly reducing the rate of mortality.

Ninety years later the World Health Organization (WHO) was established on April 7, 1948. They define hygiene as “conditions and practices that help to maintain health and prevent the spread of diseases”.

Excel Dryer Inc. has been manufacturing quality hand and hair dryers since 1997 when a man named Denis Gagnon acquired the company. In 2001 he, his wife Nancy and son Bill, created the newest industry standard hand dryer model, the XLERATOR. The first high-speed energy-efficient hand dryer. It dries your hands in 8 seconds, and uses 80% less energy than the conventional hand dryers. Before hand dryers took 30-45 seconds which left people shaking the water off or using their pants (the negatives would be that the later models have the longest dry time of 10-15 seconds). Gagnon created Xlerator with the intention to eliminate maintenance while improving restroom hygiene. Xlerator is the only hand dryer that is Made in USA Certified, and first to be GreenSpec listed. Since 2001 they have prided themselves on a family run American company whose products have gained recognition globally, with 50,000 global distributors.

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