In these modern times, there is no controversy about the connection between unwashed hands and the transmission of dangerous microorganisms. Utilizing hand sanitizing stations for employees who handle food and food processing equipment has always been a cornerstone of good food safety programs.
There is no question that it is a struggle to get food-handling employees to wash their hands frequently and effectively enough. To some extent, this is a management challenge, having to do with training and communication. In addition to these approaches, impressive results can be obtained by adding hand sanitizing stations to your plant.
There are a variety of sanitizing station styles, from the pump container placed next to washroom sinks to wall-mounted and freestanding models. Most do not require running water, and many are hands-free, reducing the risk of employee-to-employee cross-contamination.
The actual hand sanitizing agent can be foaming or not, alcohol-free or not, scented or not, and some have built-in skin conditioners. While the term sanitizing station usually refers to hand washing, other sanitizing stations are available for boots and shoes or clothing, etc.
Hand sanitizing station units are relatively inexpensive and can pay off handsomely in reducing the risk to your product and to public health from transmission of pathogens from employees' hands to food, surfaces, or equipment. Contact us today to learn more about sanitizing stations and other personnel hygiene products.