Office of General Services

New York State Office of General Services

Approved EO4 Specifications

Electric Hand Dryers

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Covered Products

Wall mounted, forced air hand dryers.


To reduce the amount of paper towels used and do so with energy efficient appliances that dry hands without increasing exposure to bacterial growth.


Purchase and disposal of paper towel waste can be a cost burden on any facility. Minimizing or reducing the use of disposable paper towels can save money as well as increase facility cleanliness. The cost of drying with paper towels can be 20 times the cost of drying with air hand dryers per dry.


ADA: Americans with Disabilities Act

ANSI: American National Standards Institute

dB: decibels (sound rating)

Conventional Electric Hand Dryers: use low speed, heated air to dry hands.

Standard Setting and Certifying Programs

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Affected entities shall provide Electric Hand Dryers meeting the following criteria:

Affected entities are encouraged to:

Toxics in Packaging: