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How Hand Hygiene Monitoring Gets You in the Game
A recommendation of “No Action” at the CFP (Conference for Food Protection) can be viewed as a strike out and to continue the baseball metaphor, Handwashing For Life went 0 for 7 on the issues submitted in 2014. We thought at least one would be accepted but all were presented as a foundation for 2016. In that context our efforts were well received and rewarded with calls to continue our quest for codifying hand hygiene innovations. Lively discussion demonstrated the need for changes but the system favors the status quo.
Non-voting Council Members, the FDA and CDC, sharply tilt the decision making power. A timely sound-bite can end Council discussion. Who of the regulatory Council Members are willing to vote against the non-voting regulatory Members?
Here is our interpretation of what happened, why and how each sets up for 2016.Read more about 2014 CFP Hand Hygiene Success: Groundwork for 2016
Summary of proposed hand hygiene solutions
Clean hands from the petting zoo to the Iditarod, from farmer’s markets to trade shows and elegant receptions
Food service situations with compromised potable water supply are many and growing as operators respond to the public's demand to have safe food convenient to their daily trail. This results in food being prepared and served in venues without running water for handwashing. Gloves are not the full answer as when they are damaged or contaminated or a task change is required, there is no reasonable option to clean hands between glove changes.
The Double Barrier Gloving Exception
Tasks such as, but not limited to, cooking burgers on a grill require handling of both raw and ready-to-eat product by the same person.
Better handwashing protocols specify disposable paper towels or continuous towel systems as they add a valuable friction factor, significantly increasing cleaning, perhaps even doubling it when measured in log reduction. This is a benefit unavailable to all styles of air dryers, warm air or air blade. For this reason the Department of the Army in Technical Bulletin (TB) MED 530 specifies either disposable paper or continuous fabric roll towels be used at all handsinks used by employees.
SaniTwice® for Catered Events
Uncompromized hand cleanliness for those serving food at venues without running water.