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Kick the Sanitizer Bucket

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. 

Cut the Ribbon. Cut the Risk.

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.

The Farmhand's Field Handwash

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.)

Transforming to a Culture of Caring

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.

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.

The Easy-Clean Hand

Why women ® Corporation's Signol product).">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.

Trains, Planes & Cruise Liners

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


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