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Fully automated handwashing is the perfect way to ensure public health while elevating your guest experince and keeping the crew healthy. Vikand has been serving the cruise industry for years and is now the sole distributor of CleanTech® for cruise lines. Learn more!
Fast and easy to use, regardless of age, language or skill level.
Proven in certified, independent laboratories to remove more than 99.9% of pathogens from hands.
Fast and easy for users, regardless of age, language or skill level to eliminate 99.9% of pathogens from their hands.
Designed for optimal pathogen reduction when used in Meritech automated hygiene systems.
Hygiene method that wastes zero water or chemical.
Bacteria and infection are most commonly spread by human hands, and poor hand hygiene significantly impacts the health and safety of our food, public spaces, and each other. And no matter how accessible you make soap and handwashing sinks, or how stringent your hand washing procedures are, humans are prone to variability and error, which ultimately results in the spread of harmful pathogens and diseases. In fact, researchers in London estimate that if everyone routinely washed their hands, a million deaths a year could be prevented.
Meritech's automated hygiene technology effectively mitigates the risk of infection spread in public areas like cruise ships, airports, zoos, amusement parks, shopping centers, movie theaters, transit systems, and other facilities where crowds of people may congregate. Many people have noticed our cruise hand washing machines on ships while on vacation. Meritech makes effective hand hygiene fun, easy, and eco-friendly with fully automated, validated, and standardized hygiene technology:
We have conducted extensive efficacy studies in GLP-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. These independent laboratories specialized in topical antimicrobials and the science of hands and used the ASTM hand hygiene testing that is mandated by the FDA in the Guidelines for Healthcare Hand Hygiene TFM to test our CleanTech® systems.
The ASTM hand hygiene testing is only standard in the United States for validating hand hygiene effectiveness, and this standard employs the “Glove Juice Test Methodology” which is administered in a controlled environment that minimized the variables that affect skin hygiene testing.
Across these studies it was validated that Meritech’s CleanTech® automated hygiene systems remove more than 99.9% of pathogens from hands during each 12-second cycle.
Handwashing is the most powerful defense against the transmission of pathogens, but humans are prone to error, leaving room for contamination in your facility. CleanTech® provides a hand wash that exceeds FDA, USDA, and CDC requirements in 12 seconds, every time. By automating the process, you remove the variability of human behavior, in turn reducing your risk and increasing employee compliance.
While we are certainly proud of our innovative technology, Meritech is more than an equipment manufacturer—we are a strategic partner in hygiene excellence. Our goal is to make effective handwashing easy, effective, and sustainable for the environment, all while providing you with real-time and simplified insights from our CleanTech® systems to help you proactively address hygiene compliance issues.
Meritech's proprietary solution formulations are specifically designed to work with our automated hygiene system to ensure the removal of 99.9% of pathogens during each hand washing cycle. Not only are these unique solutions designed for optimal pathogen reduction and skin health, they are also fragrance-free, triclosan-free, dye-free, biodegradable and kosher.
When employee hands are placed in the hand washing cylinders, jets deploy water and our proprietary solution evenly across all areas of the hands, achieving a balance of removal of dangerous pathogens without excessive damage to the skin, in two ways - gentle friction using a mild anti-microbial and balanced formulation of surfactants, and the addition of skin healthy emollients in our solutions to promote skin health and a normal skin ecology.
Meritech CleanTech® systems not only consistently and effectively remove 99.9% of pathogens from each user’s hands, these automated handwashing stations also:
A good manual hand wash is effective at 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 handwash, such as the 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 that 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.
CleanTech shines in three areas: