Handwashing for Life

Overcoming Underwashing

Faucet Selection

Automatic, touch-free faucets save time, water...and the health of your business.

Chicago FaucetNew levels of reliability can now demonstrate the full value of automatic/sensor faucets in the foodservice environment. Faucet handles are a major source in transferring the number one pathogen group responsible in foodborne illness - the restroom acquired virus. No handles. No problem.

Electronic faucets can be custom programmed to fit the operation. Once programmed, they reinforce the training, making it easier for the food worker to do the right thing. By shutting down during scrubbing, these sensor faucets save nearly a gallon of heated water for every 20-second hand wash.

Here is an app to help you calculate your savings.

Of its many merits, the principal benefit of the electronic faucet is its ability to improve hand wash frequency. Users know it is faster and easier. They wash more often.

Some models are equipped with their own monitoring technology to further support a path of continuous improvement in both hand washing and food safety. This can be particularly important for HACCP minded operations.

"Getting Started" to improve hand washing without the benefit of automatic faucets? If new faucets are not in this year's budget then insure that existing faucets and taps are frequently cleaned and sanitized to reduce the risk of cross contamination. Consider permanently locating a spray bottle of a food safe, surface sanitizer at each handwash station location for ease of use. Also insure staff are instructed to turn off taps with paper towel they used for dying their hands.


Source: Journal of Food Protection: Vol. 64, No. 1, pp. 72-80.

Quantification and Variability Analysis of Bacterial Cross-Contamination Rates in Common Food Service Tasks

Food Risk Analysis Initiative, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901-8520, USA


This study investigated bacterial transfer rates between hands and other common surfaces involved in food preparation in the kitchen. Nalidixic acid—resistant Enterobacter aerogenes B199A was used as a surrogate microorganism to follow the cross-contamination events. Samples from at least 30 different participants were collected to determine the statistical distribution of each cross-contamination rate and to quantify the natural variability associated with that rate. The transfer rates among hands, foods, and kitchen surfaces were highly variable, being as low as 0.0005% and as high as 100%. A normal distribution was used to describe the variability in the logarithm of the transfer rates. The mean ± SD of the normal distributions were, in log percent transfer rate, chicken to hand (0.94 ± 0.68), cutting board to lettuce (0.90 ± 0.59), spigot to hand (0.36 ± 0.90), hand to lettuce (-0.12 ± 1.07), prewashed hand to postwashed hand (i.e., hand washing efficiency) (-0.20 ± 1.42), and hand to spigot (-0.80 ± 1.09). Quantifying the cross-contamination risk associated with various steps in the food preparation process can provide a scientific basis for risk management efforts in both home and food service kitchens.

©International Association for Food ProtectionFaucet Selection

Faucet Selection Checklist:

  1. Identify a faucet supplier with credibility in Foodservice backed by a solid warranty policy.
  2. Chose a service-minded supplier with easy/local access to technical help.
  3. Select a lead-free solid brass construction, NSF-61 compliant.
  4. Select a model with a full 1.5-2.2 GPM water flow.
  5. Consider touch-free electronic options.
  6. Reliability is key. Be sure DC models have a battery life indicator.
  7. If possible, test capabilities and check existing in-stalls.
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Full Performance Criteria

Electronic faucets on handsinks serve many handwashing functions from water saving to life saving. Well known for their no-touch hygiene factor, many other advantages are often overlooked. Poorly engineered versions have proven to be unreliable and not worth their price. Cheap offshore options used in many public restrooms taint the image of the category.

Handwasing For Life made its Best-In-Class choice based on the full performance spectrum, supported by proven customer service. The HyTronic series by Chicago Faucets delivers all the benefits, starting with outstanding reliability. One of its least referenced advantages of electronic faucets is perhaps their greatest value - the positive behavioral impact on handwashing compliance. Busy staff appreciate the time-saving functionality. The operator loves the water saving, enough to often fund the faucet costs in the first year. The ownership likes the brand protection offered by increased handwashing.

A Tradition Of Quality & Reliability

Chicago Faucets has been America's leading manufacturer of commercial faucets for over 110 years. With manufacturing, research, and development facilities located solely in the United States, you can count on products that are made with an unwavering commitment to quality backed by know-how and determination that are uniquely American. The foundry, manufacturing, assembly, and distribution facilities are located within a 350 mile radius of their corporate office. This provides unparalleled control of product quality and an ability to quickly deliver products to any location in the United States.

Our research indicates that Chicago Faucets makes the most dependable electronic faucets on the market, worldwide. State-of-the-art electronics are surrounded with heavy-duty, solid brass for unsurpassed performance and durability. Whether your goal is better hygiene, enhanced compliance, water conservation or style, HyTronic delivers.

HyTronic® Series

  • Above-deck design. All electronics are housed above the deck for easy installation and maintenance.
  • Styles for any application. A choice of 6 faucet styles, 3 power options, and 3 mixing options to meet any application.
  • Advanced electronics. With optional Commander® handheld programming unit, access additional operating modes, troubleshoot, and monitor usage from the palm of your hand.
  • Unsurpassed dependability. Tested to over 4 million faultless operations.

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