What does the Touchless Campus Initiative consist of?

In response to industry best practices, public health guidance, and state/local regulations, a number of efforts at Brown University have been undertaken in order to minimize the number of high touch areas that our students, faculty, staff and visitors will have to encounter.  Components of this project include:

  • Touchless restroom water faucets (in non-dorm buildings)
  • StepNPull Hands-Free Foot-Operated Door Openers
  • Touchless Paper Towel Dispensers

Please always refer to Healthy Brown for the latest information and best practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and continue to follow the CDC’s advice. These include social distancing, wearing a face covering, washing your hands frequently, and treating frequently touched surfaces with disinfectants.

What should I do if any of these components are not properly working?

If any of these fixtures is observed to be malfunctioning, please contact Facilities Management Service Response by visiting the FM website to submit a Service Request or by calling 401-863-7800.

How do touchless water faucets work?

When hands are placed under the spout of a touchless faucet the water easily streams out to provide a quick rinse.

What if the touchless faucet is not working properly?

Please contact Facilities Management Service Response by visiting the FM website to submit a Service Request or by calling 401-863-7800.

The CDC recommends that hands be washed for 20 seconds. Why does the water not flow out of the faucet for 20 seconds?

The touchless water faucets at Brown University have been programmed to run water for at least 20 seconds. If it does not run for 20 seconds, pull your hand back to reset the timer, then place your hand in front of the sensor again.

Why have StepNPull door openers been installed on bathroom doors?

In order to minimize physical contact with high touch surfaces such as restroom doors, StepNPull door openers have been professionally installed in order to allow theses doors to be opened using only one’s foot. Please always refer to Healthy Brown for the latest information and best practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and continue to follow the CDC’s advice, including social distancing, wearing a face covering outdoors, washing your hands frequently, and treating frequently touched surfaces with disinfectants.

How does StepNPull work?

Please use caution and be mindful of the potential that someone is coming in the opposite direction at the same time that you are attempting to use the StepNPull door opener. As you approach the door, position your body as though you were going to use the door handle.

As shown in the illustration, place your preferred foot on the top of the StepNPull and press down enough to gain traction.

Pull your foot and leg back as though you were taking a step. Simply step and pull.

Doors have been adjusted so that this action will be sufficient to actually swing the door open and out of your way.

Depending on your shoe type, you may want to try different shoe angles or positions in order to find the one that yields the most grip. If the sole of your shoe is very smooth, you may not be able to gain sufficient traction to open the door with your foot.

StepNPulll, Hands-Free, Foot Operated Door Opener

Revision: November 30, 2020