Hygienic door handles boost food safety

By Gwen Ridler contact

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New door handle tech helps promote hygiene in food factories
New door handle tech helps promote hygiene in food factories

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HygieneTech, part of the Osborne Technologies group, has introduced an automatic system for disinfecting door handles.

The system – the Hyso 99point9 – can be fitted to most doors where it will automatically sanitise handles and push plates. HygieneTech argued the presence of the system also provided an instant visual assurance to both staff and the wider public.

The company is offering free door handle sanitisers to customers ordering its disinfectant cartridges (available for immediate dispatch), allowing organisations to improve door handle hygiene practically and cost-effectively.

‘Focal point’

“Door handles are a focal point for the accumulation and inadvertent transmission of harmful bacteria and whilst washing hands regularly is an important intervention, this action alone is not enough to contain the spread of harmful germs,”​ said HygieneTech.

Also in the past month, locking systems, hinges and sealing provider Emka revealed a new anti-microbial bow handle for industrial use.

Designed to meet increasing hygiene regulations that require anti-microbial characteristics, the 1095-36-WI bow handle is made with silver mixed into the granular base. The antibacterial effect is considered not as a substitute, but as a supplement to regular disinfection procedures.

‘No restrictions or special care needed’

Emka said: “Antimicrobial plastics are ideally suited to these applications. While there’s no change in the previous physical or other chemical properties, there are no restrictions on use and no special care is required for installation or aftercare, as the silver additive is fully integrated throughout the polyamide.”

The WI version is also black to match normal industry practice and has an optional clip on cover for enhanced aesthetic appearance as well as cleanliness and for security.

Meanwhile, the Spray Nozzle People (SNP) has partnered with US-based Lafferty Equipment Cleaning to expand its range of cleaning systems on offer to the food and drink manufacturing industry.

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