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Making good drinks is a lot easier than handwashing at this four star Lake Tahoe resort.
This hotel in California, part of a national chain, offers a custom breakfast served from this atrium bar. Working around the beer taps, the busy staff keeps a supply of food nearby - on the handsink, just below the health department's neatly framed certificate.
This Handsink From Hell, previously labeled as Double Blocked, was originally found in this condition.
Obviously it is regularly used as temporary storage, rendering this critical handsink unuseable during many hours of operation. When this restaurant was first designed there may not have been a lock on the adjacent cold storage area. The lock may contribute to this misuse.
Although this handsink is crowded by income producing beverage dispensers, its bigger problem is the location of the paper towels. Wet dripping hands pass over a variety of food contact surfaces including clean glassware.
Management priorities are again evident as beverage dispensing overtakes handwashing convenience.
The Handwashing Leadership Forum® is an invitation-only alliance of best practice advocates who consistently demonstrate leadership and commitment to lowering the risks of foodborne and person-to-person illness.
This collection is designed as a reminder that good intentions can pave the way to hell's handsinks. We are confident that acts of maliciousness were not involved in the original installation design and execution. No kitchen designer knowledgeable about food safety would have specified what you are about to see.
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Operators and regulators agree that current foodservice handwashing rates are low, perhaps half of what they should be. Agreement on a Safe Level is far more elusive.
The FIRST and most important Step
If a chain is only as strong as the weakest link then a food service operation is only as safe as the worst hand-hygiene employee.
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