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The Incentivized Handwash

New technologies provide simple answers to age-old handwashing issues.

The Pay:

A performance-rewarding pay package is THE answer to solving the industry’s appalling handwashing compliance rates. New technologies provide measurement standards and serve as performance monitoring tools.

Identify and implement a monthly incentive level worth working for. Here is a sample where an entry level employee's job performance can earn him or her up to $1,200 per year.

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Kindling a Culture of Cleanliness

Come Compete in the Handwashing For Life Olympics

Handwashing For Life® overcomes underwashing of hands and high-touch surfaces by integrating a series of best practices. At the Food Safety Consortium, being staged at the Schaumburg Conference Center, on December 4th & 5th, attendees will learn how to assess their hand hygiene related risks and assemble a sustainable solution. The program is a driver to establish a culture of cleanliness, one handwash at a time.

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Restroom Research Drives Integrated Solution

Toilet Paper RollFDA's Captain Wendy Fanaselle took attendees of the Food Safety Summit on a research guided graphical trip of the restroom to emphasize the importance of killing the fecal-pathogens before they escape into public areas.

Toilet paper, designed by those more concerned about flushability than its barrier properties, doesn't do the job. Single or double ply, soft or strong, research indicates pathogens still escape the basic maneuver and often proceed beyond the restroom doors.

Toilet paper is an advance over at least three of its earlier substitutes:

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The 5 Handwashing Hurdles


Twelve years of formal and informal research have provided the Handwashing For Life Institute with a long list of reasons and excuses for low handwashing rates. Operators seldom know their specific frequency rate but generally feel it is well below what they would like.

This long list has been distilled into The 5 Handwashing Hurdles. An explanation of each is available here.

Please take a moment to share your opinion as to which hurdle or hurdles you think are most responsible for lower than desired foodservice handwashing rates.



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Pathogens on the Prowl

Clean-as-you-go is the answer to TouchReady® Surfaces

Daily destruction of potential germ harbors has been the general protocol when attacking a restaurant's high-touch surfaces. Scheduled cleaning is an important component but deep cleaning once a shift or day allows bacteria and virus to flourish up to 24 hours. Considering the low infectious dose of norovirus and salmonella's ability to double every 20 minutes, gaps in the cleaning cycle quickly accelerate the risks.

Between the power of existing bacteria to form biofilms and the ability of virulent viruses to vacation in neglected areas for days or weeks, key surfaces require frequent attention. Bacteria and virus harbors are replenished with every new customer and every wave of service.

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HandsOn™ System

HandsOn<sup>™</sup> System

5 steps to convert underwashing to under control. Set and track your risk-based ServeReady® Hands and TouchReady® Surface standards.

SaniTwice® for Catered Events

SaniTwice<sup>®</sup> for Catered Events

Uncompromized hand cleanliness for those serving food at venues without running water.

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