Gina Kramer
Food Safety Think Tank

Technology Enables More Effective Handwashing

By Gina R. Nicholson-Kramer
Gina Kramer

Providing practical and simple solutions are important when promoting adherence.

At the 2016 Food Safety Consortium, Gina Kramer will be moderating the Listeria Detection & Control Workshop | December 7–8 | Schaumburg, IL | LEARN MOREOn October 15, Global Handwashing Day was observed by millions of people in more than 100 countries. The point of the day is to heighten awareness around the importance of handwashing, which is a critical part of preventing sickness and spreading germs.

The SaniTimer

As food safety professionals, proper handwashing is a critical part of prevention as well.  Ensuring that employees understand and execute on the practice is essential to preventing product contamination and protecting consumers.

I would like to introduce you to a new handwashing tool for the food industry, the SaniTimer. A chef who is passionate about food safety performance by food employees developed this innovation. I love this new product and its practical application to food safety and public health in assisting in proper food employee behavior.

I encourage you to watch the video, and please share your thoughts about the technology.

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  1. Steve

    Whilst an impressive idea, that is a serious amount of water wasted! (Think areas such as Australia, or even California’s most recent drought?)

    Perhaps once the timer is activated, it allows for 5 secs of water flow for the initial wetting of the hands, and then disables the water flow for a subsequent 20 secs to force the scrubbing of the hands, before automatically reactivating water flow for the final rinse?

  2. Morten Larsen

    I think another type of technology would do much better.
    20-30 seconds of washing doesn’t necessary mean that your hands are clean, most people have just moved the dirtload around on their hands instead of actually sanitizing them, on top of that, what if your water is the source of contamination, more and more water sources contains traces of e.coli.
    Like previous comment, cute idea, but waste of water and doesn’t do anything but time the water flow.

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