- Why Automation
|Education begs for interaction and that's why high quality hand hygiene events are a necessity. With every step in the manual handwashing process changing from person to person and instance to instance it's almost impossible to ensure clean hands. CleanTech® fully automated handwashing stations are designed to change that so you can feel confident that your students and employees are washing their hands properly. Using CleanTech® is easy, fun, feels great and plays a crucial role in ensuring long term health and safety.|
CleanTech® stations are easy to use for people of all ages, languages, and skill levels. Removes more than 99.9% of harmful germs in just 12 seconds, providing the perfect hand wash for all!
Provide parents with peace of mind knowing their children and peers are safe and clean. Also, using CleanTech® is a fun way to wash up, greatly increasing the number of hand wash events.
By investing in hand hygiene technology you are making a strong statement that you are committed to health and safety. Show that you are a leader in creating a more hygienic future with CleanTech®.
With a standardized and validated handwashing method you greatly reduce the possibility of infection spread. By providing the perfect hand wash you can keep your kids healthy, safe, and in the classroom.
We have developed a line of hygiene solutions designed to work specifically with CleanTech® to remove more than 99.9% of harmful germs while promoting skin health. Your hands will be left feeling clean and hydrated after every wash.
Our fully automated handwashing stations use 75% less water and produce 75% less waste than manual methods. CleanTech® uses the perfect amount of water and solution, 100% of which comes in contact with your hands.
Colleges and universities are presented with unique hygiene struggles with students under high stress, less sleep, and many living on campus. Help prevent an outbreak by implementing an easy to use, standardized handwashing process.
Foodborne illness is one of the biggest issues faced by schools today. To prevent an outbreak, ensure your kitchen and service staff have clean hands with CleanTech® .
Overcome the variability of human behavior and ensure effective hygiene by providing a standardized, clinically-validated, and documentable handwash with CleanTech® automated hygiene systems.
"We first saw the Meritech automated handwashing systems on the Disney Cruise and thought they were such a great idea that we purchased a system for our home-based daycare in MA. We have it installed at the entry where all the kids come in and out for activities. Children do not always wash their hands properly and the system helps to eliminate error. Additionally, the ease of use and enjoyment the kids get out of using the system increases their compliance and takes a burden off our shoulders in ensuring they are washing their hands often enough. I highly recommend this product for childcare providers."
A good manual handwash is effective at reducing hand bacteria counts, no doubt. However, the manual handwash 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 handwash, 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 gets a high-quality handwash independent of the human variability factor. If you have had no problems in the past, then statistically you are overdue for a problem. CleanTech® will standardize each hand wash and guarantee clean hands. Meritech has performed an independent study which demonstrates that our technology-based approach to hand hygiene, with a 12-second cycle, is equivalent to a full 1-minute wash (30 seconds of lathering, 30 seconds of rinsing).
Because of the high risk of cross contamination! In a study by BioScience Laboratories that tested randomly selected vinyl food grade gloves, 80 percent were found to have pre-existing punctures or tears. In addition, the use of gloves creates the perfect environment for the breeding colonies of pathogens on the hands. When handwashing was performed prior to gloving, no significant microbial growth was observed. 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 is known as cross contamination and it is why there are many industries that actually discourage glove use. 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 needs to be effective. Only a Meritech CleanTech system can guarantee an effective wash prior to gloving.
Alcohol gel is not the answer to the problem of poor hand hygiene and should be used ONLY when manual washing or a Meritech system is not readily available (this is the position of the FDA)! Instant hand sanitizers are not an acceptable method for handwashing in any food applications (production or food service). The reason is that hand sanitizers are rarely used correctly, and if they are, the contact time should be 20 to 30 seconds total, to be effective against many pathogens. Sanitizers are NOT healthy for the skin and actually damage the skin to the point it is easier for many pathogens to colonize in the cracks of dried and dead skin. Most importantly, alcohol gel sanitizers are not effective against many pathogens and the use of alcohol gel can actually promote the spread of disease by creating a false sense of security and discouraging effective handwashing. Norovirus on cruise lines are a great example – the CDC has clearly stated that alcohol gel does not kill or remove norovirus and cruise lines are being required to encourage more regular or CleanTech automated handwashing. 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.
Please refer to each model’s spec sheet for details. All systems require the same plumbing as a standard sink; hot & cold water supply and a drain, and 110V power outlet. Note that our systems do not heat the water. The hot water is supplied by the facility and then the system will automatically blend the hot and cold to about 105ºF. If there is a hot water supply problem, a booster heater is recommended and Meritech engineers can help you with specifications for a booster heater.
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