Safeway Hygiene Services has launched a hand washing system combining sensors with high pressure water jets to improve the consistency and effectiveness of hand washing.
The hand hygiene unit also enables organisations to control, monitor and record the length and quality of each hand wash, the timings of which are variable. This eliminates the need for expensive monitoring procedures such as hand swabs, or closed circuit TV.
Electronic readouts show the number of correctly completed wash cycles, enabling businesses to log the number of 'safe' hand washes.
Users insert their hands into a transparent cleaning dome, which prevents splash back and airborne contamination. Detergent is automatically applied and high pressure water jets detach substances and micro-organisms from the skin surface. The system is also designed to clean nails and cuticles.
An electronic sensor sounds an alarm if hands are removed from the unit before the washing cycle ends, ensuring personnel cannot enter a food preparation area unless a 'safe' wash has been completed.
The unit has been researched and tested by Bristol University Food Refrigeration and Process Engineering Research Centre and by the Campden and Chorleywood Food Research Association.
It has also been successfully trialled by Compass Group, Moy Park, and Cherry Valley, with input from Marks & Spencer.
Tests carried out showed that a 15 second hand wash using the unit was as effective as a 'best practice' 60 second standard hand wash in a sink.
Contact: Safeway Hygiene Services, Tel: 0845 6430132