This hotel in California, part of a national chain, offers a custom breakfast served from this atrium bar. Working around the beer taps, the busy staff keeps a supply of food nearby – on the handsink, just below the health department’s neatly framed certificate.
This busy restaurant at Chicago’s O’Hare Terminal presents quite a few hurdles for potential handwashers among the food handling staff.
Surface cleaning and sanitizing are high frequency tasks in professional kitchens and service areas. The costs of these tasks are normally high in training, employee time and chemical consumption. When soils are heavy it is a two step process. When soils are light, electrochemically activated water dispensed from a spray bottle is a Best Practice […]
Management priorities are again evident as beverage dispensing overtakes handwashing convenience.
Handwashing with soap and warm water is always the preferred choice but handwashing is often restricted by the food worker’s access to running water. This is particularly true where Ready-To-Eat foods are served at drive-up windows, on street corners, at sporting events, in airport hallways and at outdoor seating venues. The use of these sanitizers […]
In this practice an alcohol based hand sanitizer dispenser is installed alongside a paper towel dispenser and a waste container. The sanitizer is generously dispensed and rubbed vigorously in a pattern set out in Handwashing For Life’s Core Handwash and demonstrated in the Why/When/How video. While still wet, vigorously dry the hands with a single-use […]
Fecal-hand-oral is the most frequent pathway for the #1 cause of foodborne illness – norovirus. We also know that the nail area is frequently missed when handwashing. The use of a nailbrush dramatically enhances contaminant removal during handwashing. One common execution in the well-intending professional kitchen is to tether a nailbrush and store it in […]
Vaccination of the foodservice workforce eliminates only 1% of foodborne illness but an estimated 15% of legal cases. The payback of the vaccination program is not only in avoiding litigation when an outbreak occurs but also in the costs of the gamma globulin shots for the exposed customer base. Clark County, Las Vegas, continues expanding […]
Today’s quality handsoaps are like the “cold water” laundry products. They are very effective at low wash temperatures, thus protecting our epidermal fabric, the skin. User comfort, guides and encourages frequent handwashing. Some operators and regulators encourage, even demand, handwashing at the top of the comfort range, 110°F. A temperature range of 85-105°F, matched with […]
A duel between MarlerClark lawyers was a feature at NEHA’s 2007 annual education conference (National Environmental Health Association). The session title was “Handwashing On Trial”. CasuaLee’s restaurant suffered an outbreak linking back to poor hand hygiene. Plaintiff David Ludwig was represented by Drew Falkenstein and the defense was led by Denis Stearns, defending the owner […]