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The Hand Hygiene CFP Issue Incubator

The Conference for Food Protection (CFP) is a valuable forum to enhance away-from-home food safety by guiding operators via biennial updates of the FDA's Model Food Code. Issues are submitted for Council discussion early in January of the same year as this biennial event. (http://www.foodprotect.org/)

The Hand Hygiene CFP Issue Incubator will gather unresolved hand hygiene issues from a broad audience of operators and regulators who will prioritize based on risk. Only those agreed as important by participants will be finalized for submission. Participants will hone the issue language for maximum understanding by the designated Council of which there are three:

  • Council I -- Laws and Regulations
  • Council II -- Education, Certification and Administration
  • Council III -- Science and Technology

Besides saving precious CFP face-to-face time, this process looks to engage interested parties who may not attend the CFP and those state voting delegates who are unable to attend all three of the overlapping committee tracks held during the CFP. Participation in The Hand Hygiene CFP Issue Incubator simply requires creating an account on this website to be able to comment without approval first. All you need is a screen name, or first and last name works great, and a valid email address (ensure it is entered correctly).

Please submit any additional issues you would like to see considered, please contact Jim Mann.

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Hand Hygiene Survey - Recommendations

Executive Summary:

The 12 questions, delivered in three short survey segments, were designed to raise awareness of some unaddressed sub-issues remaining from the 2012 Conference For Food Protection's Hand Hygiene Committee, charged with identifying alternate handwashing protocols.  This qualitative study was independent of the CFP process but conducted in a timeframe to capture and maintain the momentum from the May, 2012 Indianapolis session and serve as a bridge to the 2014 Committee which will be formed later this month.

Respondents were all attendees of the 2012 CFP meeting and included industry, regulatory and academia. 

The overarching goal of this study is to seek the 2014 CFP Hand Hygiene Committee's consideration of each recommendation. No direct response is anticipated. The final committee report will be presented at the 2014 session.

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Result Summary: Hand Hygiene Pre-Committee Survey #2

An independent gathering of perspectives for consideration by the 2014 CFP Hand Hygiene Committee ...

The 2014 CFP Committee charge and composition will not be finalized until the CFP Board meets in August. The intent of this independent survey is to make use of the three months where no official committee exists.

Two rounds are down.The final 4 questions will be sent in mid July. Participant suggested questions are welcomed through July 6th.

Qualitative interpretations for Survey 2 ...

  1. Solid agreement. This question came from a survey participant with considerable regulatory experience. He felt that without the FDA's signing on to a log 2 pathogen reduction as a standard, the committee could still move forward by considering it "supportive qualitative guidance."
  2. Without some agreed reference point, finding alternatives would not be feasible.
  3. Participants appear unwilling to restrict the committee charge to soap and water variables, even though evidence suggests a strong regulatory bias.
  4. Convenience plays an important role in compliance. Solutions which take the worker away from the work station are of little interest to many. Some respondents, 28.3 %, likely feel that inconvenience can be overcome with manpower and/or training adjustments.
  5. Responses are fairly clear cut. In the context of hand hygiene, removal of pathogens is equal to killing them.

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Result Summary for Survey: Hand Hygiene Pre-Committee

Hand Hygiene Pre-Committee

A special thanks to the 81 who responded. Please review round one results below.

We have 8 remaining questions available to help the CFP Hand Hygiene Committee before its re-formation in August. Round two will be sent out in early June. Please send your candidate questions.

There is a definite response pattern making these results generally easy to interpret.

Question 4 required attendance at a particular session, resulting in a high count for the "neutral" option. 

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Handsinks Located for Compliance

Kitchen consultants/designers focus on providing the operator with a minimum of handsinks based on often creative interpretations of local codes. Their reason? Even the minimums are underused.

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Ill Customer Advisory

Can the Model Food Code help encourage ill customers to stay home and encourage operators to deploy customer oriented interventions similar to those deployed by the cruise industry, recommended by

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Air Dryer Limitations

How can the Model Food Code Annex be used to alert kitchen designers and consultants of the limitations of air dryers in foodservice, in both the kitchen and restrooms.

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Norovirus Hand Sanitizer

New synergized formulations of alcohol hand sanitizer triple the effectiveness on norovirus according to Emory University studies completed by Dr. Christine Moe.


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