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USDA reports the latest foodborne risks in terms of annual costs and deaths. Norovirus, second only to the common cold in prevalence, is not normally considered a killer but in reality ranks #4.
It is the season to take action. Consider Emory University’s research that identifies Purell VF-481 as an effective norovirus intervention and is as kind to skin as baby oil.
The risk of a looming foodborne outbreak due to a missed hand wash or the cleaning of a high-touch surface will never be zero. That reality compromises many a food safety program as operators specify thorough cleaning with lofty label-claim products over frequent lighter duty cleaning of both hands and high-touch surfaces.
This animation is based on a surface contamination research study. It is not in a busy restaurant but rather a busy hospital area. How different would this be in a restaurant? Perhaps some university can conduct something similar in a foodservice environment.
An operator’s food safety risk is managed by a focused team of professionals with specific skills, objectives and measurements for success. Each works within a different time frame.
Norovirus, H3N2 flu, colds, Enterovirus 68 and Ebola ...
Norovirus rates are picking up in a variety of environments as the winter deepens, but this year, it shares the stage with H3N2 flu, Ebola and Enterovirus 68. These four, along with the common cold, are spread everywhere folks gather, calling for added away-from-home hand and high-touch surface cleanliness to protect the people they serve and to fight staff absenteeism.
Situations drive operator choices
"Over here, Ray debones raw chicken. Later in the shift, he works at the counter.”
Handwash protocols in foodservice are dictated by the situation. Situations are defined and grouped by the operator and training begins.
Should it close restaurants and all foodservice?
Mercer Island Washington announced a boil-water advisory and closed foodservice establishments.
How do you close a nursing home? Are you going to close schools and hospitals?
Why close restaurants and then advise households that "Dishwashers can be used if run with the sanitizing/heat cycle and commercial dishwashing detergent. Dishes can be hand washed if rinsed in a diluted bleach solution – one teaspoon household bleach to one gallon of water – and then allowed to air dry?”
Our current work on electronic handwashing compliance in restaurants clearly documents the industry’s poor hand hygiene reality. It is encouraging to watch how monitoring and keeping score changes the game.
Study suggests a change of greetings in professional kitchens
A handshake is many things, mostly positive. It conveys feelings of friendship and common ground. The handshake builds customer confidence when greeted by their chef, server or bartender.
A university study in the United Kingdom provides some added information to help assess the risk at your facility. It shows that a handshake significantly transfers a greater level of germs when compared to a fist bump.
1. Start by hiring smarter … Hire managers with leadership skills to help employees reach and sustain their professional handwashing standards. Don’t hire employees with nervous habits of unconscious twitches and touches of their face or hair. Hire people with cleanable hands.
Why training may be blocking progress
Our world of restaurant food safety is blessed with a cadre of good trainers and creative programs. This has been true for at least the last decade as more technology now leverages the messaging.
How Hand Hygiene Monitoring Gets You in the Game
A recommendation of “No Action” at the CFP (Conference for Food Protection) can be viewed as a strike out and to continue the baseball metaphor, Handwashing For Life went 0 for 7 on the issues submitted in 2014. We thought at least one would be accepted but all were presented as a foundation for 2016. In that context our efforts were well received and rewarded with calls to continue our quest for codifying hand hygiene innovations. Lively discussion demonstrated the need for changes but the system favors the status quo.
Non-voting Council Members, the FDA and CDC, sharply tilt the decision making power. A timely sound-bite can end Council discussion. Who of the regulatory Council Members are willing to vote against the non-voting regulatory Members?
Here is our interpretation of what happened, why and how each sets up for 2016.
Clean hands from the petting zoo to the Iditarod, from farmer’s markets to trade shows and elegant receptions
Food service situations with compromised potable water supply are many and growing as operators respond to the public's demand to have safe food convenient to their daily trail. This results in food being prepared and served in venues without running water for handwashing. Gloves are not the full answer as when they are damaged or contaminated or a task change is required, there is no reasonable option to clean hands between glove changes.
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