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Learn more here about Meritech's automated hand washing stations and industrial boot scrubbers. Have additional questions? Feel free to contact the Meritech sales team to learn more about the application of automatic employee hand and boot washing systems in different industries.
A good manual hand wash is effective in reducing hand bacteria counts, no doubt. However, the manual hand wash method cannot be guaranteed to be consistent from person to person and day-to-day, otherwise this would be a good alternative. Manual handwashing is inherently variable. Important aspects of the hand wash, such as amount of soap, amount of water, coverage of the hand (fingernails, fingertips, between the fingers, wrist, etc.), and duration of the wash vary from wash to wash. By automating the process, these aspects are closely controlled and each person receives a high-quality hand wash regardless of the human variability factor. If you haven't experienced any problems in the past, then statistically you are overdue for a problem. CleanTech® standardizes each hand wash, guarantees clean hands, and leaves skin feeling softer with each wash! And this innovative technology provides a more sustainable approach to hand hygiene as it uses 75% less water and produces 75% less waste than a traditional sink. Meritech has performed a series of independent laboratory studies that clinically prove CleanTech® automated handwashing systems remove more than 99.9% of harmful pathogens from hands with each 12-second wash cycle, providing an equivalent result as a full 1-minute manual hand wash.
Resident flora are organisms that are always present on the skin of our hands and live in the layers of our skin. Resident flora are responsible for keeping our skin alive and healthy. In fact, they are even beneficial to good health. Resident flora are naturally occurring organisms and do not cause disease. Transient bacteria are viruses and spores that do cause illness, disease, and even death in extreme cases. They are not normal hand flora—they are picked up onto the hands from some contaminated surface (doorknobs, viscera, utensils, etc.). Then, the hands serve as a vector for disease, a transportation method for those pathogens to contaminate another surface, or another person. CleanTech® systems effectively remove more 99.9% of transient pathogens on hands in just 12 seconds.
Temperature does not affect the efficacy of handwashing events. The water temperature human hands can handle maxes out at around 105º F which the vast majority of pathogens can survive. Where water temperature comes into play is with compliance. People are more likely to wash their hands well and for the recommended amount of time if the water is comfortable.
The effectiveness of our CleanTech® systems does not rely on water temperature, however, cold water can cause compliance problems simply because it is uncomfortable. Using the CleanTech® system is a satisfying experience and motivates people to wash their hands if the water is at a comfortable temperature.
If the handwashing station is installed far from a hot water source, or if the hot water line runs through a refrigerated room, a booster heater can be installed near the system. Some State and County Health Departments also have requirements in regard to water temperature for handwashing that you should be aware of. Meritech can assist in optimizing the temperature output of your CleanTech® automated handwashing station, simply contact us if you need support.
The key to promoting appropriate employee hygiene behaviors is to lead by example and to create a culture of employee hygiene that extends from the top-down throughout the organization. Behavior management begins with employee onboarding and training and is continued throughout ongoing training and day-to-day reinforcement. Compliance monitoring is highly recommended to validate your processes and to identify problems before they fester into spoiled food product or recalls. Meritech can provide full training programs for any industry, including ways to talk about hand hygiene, ways to encourage hand washing, and ways to monitor compliance in order to proactively address employee hygiene issues.
Yes! Wearing gloves does not remove the need for handwashing. A hand hygiene event should happen prior to donning gloves. Gloves can have unseen defects or can be torn during use, providing a point of contact for the skin. In addition, bacteria can multiply rapidly in moist environments underneath gloves. We should also note that just like your skin, gloved hands can pick up germs so it is important to perform an additional hand hygiene event after donning gloves. To serve this need we offer a continuous walkthrough station that automatically sanitizes gloved hands and any type of footwear.
Automated handwashing is highly recommended in facilities that use gloves due to the high risk of cross-contamination! To start, the use of gloves creates the perfect warm, moist environment perfectly suited for breeding colonies of pathogens on the hands. Furthermore, studies show that gloves are not as reliable of a barrier as we might hope they would be. In a study conducted by BioScience Laboratories that tested randomly selected vinyl food-grade gloves, 80% were found to have pre-existing punctures or tears. In the study, when hands were washed properly prior to gloving, no significant microbial growth was observed on the surface of the glove. In another study, hands that were initially inoculated with E. coli before donning gloves were determined to have significant counts on the outside surface of the gloves after use. This research supports the notion that, when hands are not properly washed prior to donning gloves, there is a risk of any pathogens on the hands inside the glove to cross-contaminate external surfaces.
For those companies that do use gloves, the CDC recommends washing before gloving due to the rapid growth of bacteria on gloved hands, and due to the risk of punctures and tears during use. When hands are washed effectively prior to wearing gloves, the risk of cross-contamination is reduced, but the key is that the manual wash must be effective. Only a CleanTech® automated handwashing system can guarantee an effective hand wash prior to gloving every time.
Hand sanitizers are an easy, quick alternative when handwashing with plain soap and water or with a CleanTech® automated handwashing system isn’t convenient or possible. Hand sanitizers often have a form of alcohol, such as ethyl alcohol, as an active ingredient and are used as an antiseptic. While convenient, research shows that alcohol gel is not an equivalent substitute for handwashing, and the CDC and FDA recommend that hand sanitizers only be used when a manual or automated hand wash option is not readily available. Instant hand sanitizers are not an acceptable method for handwashing in any food applications (production or food service). This is due to the fact that people rarely use the appropriate amount and contact time required for hand sanitizer to kill the volume of transient pathogens present on their hands. Furthermore, sanitizers are not healthy for the skin. Actually, many sanitizers damage the skin to the point that it makes it easier for many pathogens to colonize in the cracks of dried and dead skin. Most importantly, alcohol gel sanitizers are not effective in killing and/or removing many pathogens, and so the use of alcohol gel can actually promote the spread of disease by creating a false sense of security that results in less frequent and effective handwashing. A perfect example of a situation where gel sanitizers are a poor solution is in controlling norovirus on cruise ships. The CDC has clearly stated that alcohol gel does not kill or remove norovirus, and cruise lines are being required to encourage more regular handwashing among their guests or to provide CleanTech® automated handwashing stations. When instant hand sanitizers are used in any application, people are misled to believe that they are cleaning their hands; therefore they lessen their trips to a sink with soap and water. This false sense of security actually increases cross contamination and infection rates.
CleanTech® systems have four nozzles pointed straight up from the bottom of each cylinder that are specifically designed to wash and sanitize under the fingernails. We also recommend that fingernails be kept trimmed at all times.
Paper towels are the most sanitary means of drying hands. Studies have shown that the use of high-quality paper towels increases the effectiveness of the wash and promotes better skin health. Many organizations, however, are adopting hand dryers to eliminate the waste of paper towels. If you are considering implementing hand dryers, we have tested and identified hand dryer options that present the lowest risk of cross-contamination with the highest level of effectiveness at the best cost, and we'd be happy to point you in the right direction.
Meritech Hygiene Solutions are uniquely formulated for use in CleanTech® Handwashing Stations and Meritech Boot Washing Stations to maintain the appropriate chemical concentration (PPM) required to effectively remove pathogens and exceed regulatory recommendations while also improving skin health over time. Hands washed in a CleanTech® system with UltraPure Hand Hygiene Solution are left feeling fresher and softer with each wash, thus encouraging repeated use and great-feeling skin. These benefits are critical in creating a consistent efficacy result while encouraging frequent handwashing without the negative side effects commonly experienced with repeated traditional handwashing, like dry skin or chapped hands. We have conducted extensive efficacy studies in FDA-certified laboratories to prove that CleanTech® handwashing systems consistently remove more than 99.9% of harmful pathogens with each wash cycle. These studies were conducted on CleanTech® equipment using Meritech Hygiene Solutions, so 99.9% pathogen removal can only be guaranteed when using Meritech Hygiene Solutions in accordance with our recommended operating instructions. Use of other chemical solutions will negatively impact the efficacy of the hand wash process, can damage the equipment, and will void the equipment warranty.
Product fit can vary depending on your industry, hygiene needs, employee count, regulatory environment, and business processes. We have a wide range of handwashing and footwear sanitizing options designed for various business types and use cases. In just a few minutes, our team of employee hygiene experts can advise you on the appropriate system for your business. Give us a call at (800) 932-7707 to get started now.
Yes! Everyday our team is conducting on-site product demonstrations, safety training days, and it is also possible to sign up for a trial of our systems depending on your application. For more information, give us a call at (800) 932-7707.
We do not sell into the home market yet, but it is in our plans for the future—so keep your eyes on us!
Please refer to each model’s spec sheet for details. All CleanTech® automated handwashing systems require 110V power access and the same plumbing as a standard sink: hot and cold water supply and a drain. As our systems do not heat the water, hot water access is required from the facility, and then the system automatically blends the hot and cold water to deliver a soothing 105ºF temperature. If there is problem in gaining access to a hot water supply, a booster heater can help extend access. Our team of hygiene experts can assist you in designing the ideal equipment installation.
CleanTech® handwashing stations should be located at critical entry points to areas where people congregate and so the risk of pathogen spread is higher, such as food courts or cruise lines, or in areas where contamination control is critical in order to ensure the health and safety of others, such as the entry to a NICU or the entrance of food packing areas in a food processing facility. The standard configuration of CleanTech® systems allows placement anywhere a conventional sink might otherwise go— where there is both water and drainage access. Our team of hygiene experts can assist you in determining the best location to place a CleanTech® automated handwashing stations in your facility, and can even consult on the design and layout of new production facilities and areas.
While we usually sell our equipment directly, we do have a network of established distribution partners that you may also purchase Meritech equipment from. If your preferred supplier is not currently among that network, we may consider establishing a relationship with them upon an introduction.
We have an experienced team of trained Technical Support Specialists located throughout the U.S. to provide on-site cleaning, calibration, and repair service. Service visits may be purchased a la carte as needed or covered under a Service Agreement. Contact us for service requests and technical assistance at (800) 932-7707.
Meritech is the leader in automated hygiene technology and exists to help organizations achieve hygiene excellence so that together we can save lives and prevent the spread of infection. We are headquartered in the foothills of the Rockies in Golden, Colorado, and have proudly hand-crafted our innovative automation technologies in the USA for almost 30 years. At Meritech, our company values of accountability, growth, integrity, laughter, and empathy guide each employee in relationships with fellow workers and the public.
To save lives and prevent the spread of disease through effective hygiene.
Meritech is the only manufacturer in the world that produces fully automated, touch free handwashing systems: CleanTech® Automated Handwashing Systems. Our innovative technology is fully protected by an extensive series of patents and may only be purchased directly from Meritech or our authorized distribution partners. The only competition we face is an old fashioned manual sink—and the cross-contamination risk and human variability that comes with it.
At Meritech, we endeavor to prevent the spread of infection by overcoming the variability and risk inherent in manual handwashing with the only technology-based, clinically validated, and fully automated approach to hand hygiene in the world.
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CleanTech® shines in three key areas:
CleanTech® features twenty rotating spray nozzles in each cylinder that spray lightly pressurized water and UltraPure Hand Hygiene Solution across the hands during the wash cycle, creating a spa, massage-like sensation for the hands. Anyone who tries a CleanTech® hand wash for the first time remarks on how amazing it feels—"like a car wash for the hands!" The amazing experience encourages increased use alone. On top of that, Meritech's UltraPure Hand Hygiene Solution contains added emollients so hands feel softer with each wash. With a good compliance monitoring program and the use of the automatic hand wash cycle counter enabled on each CleanTech® system, compliance can be managed more proactively and reinforced based on real-time behaviors. And last but not least—hand washes delivered in CleanTech® systems only take 12 seconds, so it is quicker and easier than washing hands manually in a traditional sink.
We have conducted extensive efficacy studies in FDA-certified laboratories to prove that CleanTech® handwashing systems consistently remove more than 99.9% of harmful pathogens with each wash cycle. While the wash cycle length can be adjusted, the effectiveness of CleanTech® can only be guaranteed at cycle lengths of 12 seconds or more.
The no-touch faucet option on the CleanTech® 400 is intended to fulfill two requirements:
CleanTech® units require the same service hookups as a clothes washer: hot and cold 3/4 inch garden hose connections, a 1-1/2 inch drain, and 110 – 230 VAC power. The unit can drain directly onto the floor, if so desired. CleanTech® systems may be set up with a sump pump system to drain to a remote location. The potable water hot and cold supply lines should be 3/8″ diameter minimum with a flow capacity of 5 gpm at 40 psi each. These lines are common and inexpensive to install. Please contact us at (800) 932-7707 and a Meritech hygiene expert would be happy to assist you.
GlowGerm is an oil-based product designed for use as a teaching aid. The common misconception is that GlowGerm represents bacteria or biohazards, when in fact it does not. It is a teaching aid meant to serve as a “surface indicator”; i.e. to point out the areas “where I have missed” GlowGerm and other heavy oils do not come off the hands easily without the application of a surfactant. It is more accurate to test viable bacteria with the “glove juice test”, rather than to simply illuminate residual oil-based product with a black light. Meritech also uses ATP testing which measures total proteins on the skin as a good proxy for transient pathogen removal. We will happily give you with the names of companies that provide ATP test equipment so that you can perform your own testing. You can contact our team of hygiene experts at 800-932-7707.
6/10ths of a gallon is used in each wash cycle, 75% less water than a manual handwash. An important note to make is that when washing your hands manually about 60% of the water used never even touches the hands. With CleanTech® 100% of the water used touches your hand and assists in pathogen removal.