Converting Risk Assessment Theory Into Action    

Departmental collaboration drives the electronic-assisted handwash monitoring solution.

Over the last 5 weeks, we have covered elements of the rising risks associated with hand hygiene. A better understanding of the value of newly available electronic hand hygiene monitoring solutions is the goal. The 5 chapters can be revisited here:

1. The ensuing workshop focused on establishing an operationally-tailored handwash frequency standard. Multi-departmental representatives of simulated restaurant teams collaborated to define the handwashing frequency level each restaurant team would like to have, corresponding to the risks presented by their customer base, menu, operational control, culture, tolerance for risk and the overall value of the new electronic solutions. 

The worksheet below was developed using the MyWIN exercise.

It summarizes the overall output of the groups as the spokesperson for the "Good Eats” cafe prepared his presentation to the Board, seeking to fund enhanced handwashing as a means of reducing the rising risk of foodborne outbreaks. The "3/HR” reference is one view of Hand Washes required per Employee Hour (HW/EH).

2. The Peppermill Casino in Reno, Nevada, under the guidance of executive chef, Mark Lund, becomes the first operator to install the newly-available Handwashing For Life "Pledge & Verify" handwashing process control system. This integrated Electronic Hand Hygiene Monitoring (EHHM) system, was developed and selected for its accuracy, simplicity and value-pricing. The Chef’s goal is to further protect public health by enhancing the casino’s HACCP reporting. Further information is available at:

In this rendering of the “Pledge & Verify” system, the core technologies are from SmartLink (GOJO Industries) and CloudClean.


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