Handwashing for Life

Overcoming Underwashing

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New posters created to mark 10 years of seeking Food Code approval
 

The Celebration

Data plus leadership records sustainable gains in handwashing behaviors.

Culture change is often cited as a requirement where hand washing rates need to be doubled to reach a safe level. The Atrio Restaurant in Carmel, Indiana, lead by Chef Peter Fulgenzi, took on that task, challenging his staff to accept their professional role in serving safe food and giving them a measurement tool to verify handwashing without filling in tedious logs.

Electronic monitoring of handwashing reveals the risky reality.

Suspected low handwashing rates are increasingly being confirmed with the aid of electronics. Potential brand damaging outbreaks threaten restaurants and healthcare foodservice but this recurring under-washed condition is rarely the topic of C-Suite discussions.

Fight Bac! webinar carries efficacy message to consumers

Hand Hygiene: Efficacy Update and Educator Tools was the title of Fight Bac!’s webinar where academia checked in on the value of SaniTwice® in water-scarce situations commonly facing the away-from-home public. These include outdoor fairs, sporting events and petting zoos.

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“How am I doing today?”

Waisted staff training time and treasure can now be redirected to a sustainable handwashing solution. Data has been the missing link, rendering the having of standards for handwash frequency nearly impossible. Training on when to wash is important but is multiplied in value when staff can see how they are doing in real-time.

Workshop to raise handwashing standards to match menu risks

Dirty Rags

Misunderstanding of regulations perpetuates poor cleaning

Many operators and even regulators continue to use and recommend cleaning restaurant tables and other high-touch surfaces with a reusable rag stored in a bucket of sanitizing solution. 

Olmsted County, MN continues to lead the way

This email, submitted to Handwashing For Life by Olmsted County’s environmental health manager, Mike Melius, serves as a more meaningful update on Scheduled Inspections than anyone at Handwashing For Life Institute could offer.

“ quality controls … to safeguard consumer and employee health.”


2016 is starting out as a potential watershed for foodservice, nursing home and hospital handwashing. Two high profile Norovirus outbreaks at Chipotle restaurants in 2015 were followed by two legal actions and a 35% drop in Chipotle’s stock price. Controlling Norovirus is highly dependent on good handwashing.

Time saving and improved efficacy are the drivers

UV success as a cleaning protocol in hospitals now helps define food service and food processing niches for potential application. 

HandwashingforLife™ Culture of Caring Ribbon Cutting with Left to right are Pam Lowe (Director, Quality NCR), Peter Fulgenzi (Executive Chef), Jani Watts (Director, Nurse Education), Randy Yust (CFO & COO) and Suzanne Del Boccio (Chief Nursing Officer).

Celebrating the Culture of Caring

S.Truett Cathy, founder of the very successful Chick-fil-A chain, had “Hire for Culture” as his #1 criteria in recruiting new employees at all levels. Foodservice operators who hire right have employees who care. This group needs leadership and regular feedback on their performance.

A FSMA Produce Rule solution

Research has found that farmhand’s hands are a major factor in contaminating ready-to-eat produce. Conventional thinking about feces-contaminated water and manure fertilizer as the major sources was challenged in a study by Emory University. Their research included a successful field-testing of SaniTwice®, referred to as the "two-step ABHS intervention" (Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer.)

International Clean Hands Week 2016

Please join this annual campaign, sponsored by the CDC facilitated Clean Hands Coalition.  Raise awareness of the dangers of poor hand hygiene. Check out a variety of ideas to improve the away-from-home wellness factor in everyone's life.

Clean hands are the cure to the spread of colds, the flu and those illnesses acquired in our schools, offices, restaurants, nursing homes and hospitals. http://handwashingforlifehealthcare.org

For those preparing or serving food, print and post the International Clean Hands Week poster attachment to this blog as a reminder to all.

How to use handwashing as the trigger

Culture change. The food safety culture. The culture of cleanliness. The Renaissance impact. Many books have been written and seminars given. Yes, corporate culture for centuries has guided progress on a path of continuous improvement. Culture change is regularly embraced by food and patient safety leaders as a noble and needed solution to their woes but their advocacy comes without an implementation manual.

There are many causes of the deaths attributed to infections acquired away from home - in restaurants, hospitals and nursing homes. Respectfully, those annual statistics are 3,000, 99,000 and 380,000. These numbers scream out for transformation to a culture of caring. The CDC reminds us that "Handwashing is the single-most important means of preventing the spread of infection." Poor hand hygiene is the most frequently cited contributing factor in outbreak studies.

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Some historians go back to the Renaissance in Italy, where the risk of the plagues of the Middle Ages called for a large-scale culture change. Leaders stepped forward to define corrective actions. Replacing feudalism with capitalism was a key component. Cleanliness emerged as a popular differentiator, supported by sweeping changes in art and architecture.

Filtering out the marketing fluff around surface disinfectants

New surface cleaners stream in for consideration, attempting to change the market or at least carve out a niche. Many times lab data is provided, always finding a test method to make the new look good. This phenomenon is witnessed most frequently for new disinfectants where kill is demonstrated and cleaning is ignored.

Why women win competitive handwashing events

Are women better hand washers? No. Do women have cleaner hands? Yes, provided they lose the hand-bling and the artificial nails.

Handwashing For Life has witnessed and judged thousands of handwashes under competitive conditions. The contest is known best as the Handwashing Olympics. GlitterBug UV lotion is applied to hands and washed off. A UV light illuminates missed spots and areas. The results are noted using the ProGrade scorecard.

The case for obsessive hand hygiene

Travelers are herded into shared spaces and exposed to each other’s profile of pathogens hour after hour. A quick turn-around of the plane, train or cruiser leaves a residual base of germs to build on and the recharging of these reservoirs starts again. There is one universal precaution that works well - GOOD HEALTH! Second to that is obsessive hand hygiene.

Ten Commandments For The Caring Traveler

 

Chef Peter Fulgenzi awarded for innovative process-control

“In presenting these awards, we honor the winners for their contributions to food safety and the protection of public health…" said Kevan P. Lawlor, NSF International President and Chief Executive Officer.

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Cini-Little Design
Design
T&S Brass Touch-Free Faucets
Touch-Free Faucets
The Eagle Group Handsinks
Handsinks
Hill+Knowlton
Outbreak Readiness
GOJO Hand Soap
Hand Soap
Tucel® Industries
Nailbrush
Kimberly-Clark Professional
Paper Towels & Wipers
Purell® Hand Sanitizer
Hand Sanitizer
Surface Cleaners
3M ATP Rapid Detection
ATP Rapid Detection
Brevis Quality Assurance
Quality Assurance
Steton Mobile Data Gathering Reporting Software
Mobile Data Gathering Reporting Software
GlaxoSmithKline Hep A Vaccine
Hep A Vaccine
Merck Hep A Vaccine
Hep A Vaccine
Kleenex® Brand Paper Towels & Wipers
Paper Towels & Wipers
Cloud Clean Real-time Hand Wash Monitoring System
Monitoring Solutions
HigenX™ Hand Hygiene Monitoring Systems
Monitoring Solutions
GOJO® SMARTLINK™ Hand Hygiene Solutions
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