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A Handwashing Peek Into the 2017 National Restaurant Association Show

Mike Mann's picture

True to form, the Chicago NRA once again proved to not be a food safety or healthcare event. But it’s in my neighborhood and I always find something new and 2017 didn’t disappoint.

1. Topping my finds, was a new way to gather handwashing data, this time on the quality of the wash. The system is called Hand-In-Scan. This high-tech device takes a digital picture of a GlitterBug-treated hand washed with soap and water, displaying a graphic of where the cleaning was sufficient and where not. It calculates a score as a percentage cleaned. This technology also measures the “kill” of hand sanitizers. It helps individuals see where they are missing in their coverage of their hands and trains them in full-contact application techniques.

Hand-In-Scan compliments our ProGrade System by automating what currently is done manually with GlitterBug: http://handwashingforlife.com/handsonsystem/serveready-hands/training

This technology will be particularly helpful for researchers, developers and larger operators who could use its objective message in the on-boarding of new staff. It may also be helpful for any restaurant enduring high staff turnover. The personalized data and picture emphasize how important handwashing is to the employees success.

2. Foodservice gloves in hospitals, nursing homes, schools and restaurants must be changed frequently or they become the agent of germ transmission and illness. No Touch Easy Gloves, Inc. has invented a new patented way to position the glove for fast donning and doffing. I tried them. They work. And they are made in the USA!

3. How about monitoring staff handwashing using facial recognition technology rather than wearing an RFID badge? Integrated Control Corp. has such a system at a proof-of-concept market testing stage. It looks quite promising. If you would like to join the trials, please contact me, jmann@handwashingforlife.com.