Why Automation is Great for Food Service Hand Hygiene
There’s no doubt that automated hand hygiene is ideal for food processing, but what about food service? The importance of pathogen control at all stages of food's journey makes automated hand hygiene an excellent option for food service since it reduces the spread of pathogens and other contaminants that can cause foodborne illnesses right up until the moment it reaches the customer.
Food service workers must frequently wash their hands to prevent pathogens from spreading. However, it can be challenging to ensure that employees across all shifts follow proper handwashing procedures all of the time. That’s why many food service businesses including restaurants, carryout operations, cafeterias, university dining halls, catering companies, hotels and inns, and rehab and retirement centers have started incorporating CleanTech® Automated Handwashing Stations.
Automated Hand Hygiene Ensures Consistency Across All Shifts and Locations
Automated hand hygiene systems can help ensure that all restaurant employees are consistently washing their hands in the same manner across all shifts and locations. In an industry where employee turnover is a major issue, employers can rest assured that even brand new team members are adequately washing their hands. As a result, the risk of cross-contamination and the spread of illness-causing pathogens can be greatly reduced.
Automated hand hygiene systems can help to address common employee hand hygiene issues by providing a more reliable and consistent way to ensure that employees wash their hands effectively. The CleanTech® Automated Handwashing Stations use sensors detect when an employee places their hands in the system. They then dispense hygiene solution and water automatically, ensuring that employees are getting the proper amount of solution and water every time. Each hand wash cycle is also only 12 seconds which is much faster than the recommended manual hand wash time and uses less water than manual sinks. Although this does not make CleanTech® less effective since over 50 independent studies have demonstrated that it removes 99.9% of pathogens every time. No more unsafe “splash and dash” hand washing that is common in the fast paced food service environment.
Automation is Best for Compliance with Hand Washing Procedures for Food Handlers
CleanTech® EVO Automated Handwashing Systems also include monitoring and tracking capabilities, allowing restaurant managers to ensure that employees are washing their hands as required. Through the touchscreen display, managers can view valuable user data such as how often different shifts use the system. This information can be used to identify potential problem areas so that corrective action can be taken before any health and safety issues arise.
CleanTech® Automated Handwashing Systems can help food service teams to comply with health and safety regulations, which require employees to wash their hands at specific intervals. Training teams on these complex requirements can be a major challenge. Fortunately, CleanTech® systems offer looping instructions on how to use them, making them easy to operate for anyone. Using an automated system can ensure that restaurants are meeting their requirements and avoiding fines or legal problems.
By automating the hand hygiene process, restaurants can help to reduce the risk of foodborne illness outbreaks, improve the overall cleanliness and hygiene of their facilities, and provide their customers with greater peace of mind. Additionally, automated hand hygiene systems can help to streamline operations, as managers do not need to spend as much time monitoring that others are washing their hands properly.