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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Question

I would like to know if there is a formula for paper supply consumption.


Answer

None that I know of. Paper usage depends on many variables, such as building occupancy, toilet tissue roll size, number of visitors, type dispensers and toweling installed, and user habits.
We have all watched someone reel off six feet of roll toweling to dry two hands. Some locations experience theft. A lot of women wrapping sanitary products for disposal uses toilet tissue quickly. And then there are the occasional jokers who think filling the toilet bowl with tissue is funnier than watching “Naked Gun” reruns.
Your best approach is to track the usage in your facility month to month, and watch for waste and theft. Your numbers will be more accurate for your operation and your purchasing can be based on them.
Your paper supplier may be able to help with some industry averages for certain operations. You can also find a calculator at: www.kcprofessional.com/us/tools/productusecalc.asp
This will give you a place to start, but it is product specific.

Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX Editor
lekrafft@juno.com