Unfortunately, as the pathogens mutate to resist our efforts, they get stronger and our immune systems become less effective with age, medical conditions and more frequent exposure.
- Twenty percent of the North American population falls into the highly vulnerable category with this percentage growing each year as our population ages.
- Global travel creates the opportunity for new pathogens to move rapidly across natural borders.
- The over 50 and traveling segments of population represent a high percentage of away from home dining (what is your share of at risk customers?).
Risk Approximations Based on At-Risk Customers
Are you serving an average At-Risk customer mix? Or perhaps you have a disproportionate level of seniors, children or pregnant women?
Use this worksheet to estimate your percentage of at-risk customers. Include an estimate for any carry-out/at-home diners which often include the oldest and youngest members of a household.
Jim Mann demonstrates the use of this tool to assess risk based on handwashing frequency:
Use this chart to review, discuss, agree and factor into your handwashing frequency standards.
Handwashing Frequency Can Lower Risk
This curve is designed to initially facilitate a discussion on the risk level related to current hand hygiene behaviors. It calls for estimating the level of acceptable risk and a pure guess on risk emanating from current handwashing compliance rates, measured in Handwashes per Employee Hour (H/EH).
The two spots are marked on the graph. If there is an unacceptable difference between the two, a baseline study is suggested by placing counters in the soap dispensers.