We all know handwashing is essential to good hygiene. It’s even more important when you’re serving food and beverages to customers. However according to the CDC, food workers wash their hands when they should only 1 out of 3 times. This can be a major health and business concern, especially when washing your hands often is one of the key habits the CDC recommends to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Healthy Handwashing Habits
So how can a restaurant owner or manager ensure employees sanitize their hands properly? Just follow these healthy hygiene habits.
When to wash: Remind kitchen staff, bartenders and servers to wash their hands before they prep food or beverages. They should also wash their hands after they use the bathroom, cough, sneeze, blow their nose, pet a dog on the patio, treat a wound, or even touch their contact lenses.
How to soap up: You’ll find plenty of handwashing guides online. Yet it’s pretty simple: wet, lather, scrub for about 20 seconds, and dry. Also, cold water does the job just fine and may even be better. According to the CDC, water temperature doesn’t affect microbe removal. So cold water cleans hands as well as hot water. Plus, warm water is more environmentally costly and can irritate your skin.
Multiple Handwashing Stations
The CDC also advises offering multiple handwashing stations to give staff easy access to sinks—plus, a visual reminder to grab some soap and start scrubbing.
Our Portable Hand Wash System
Not sure how to add additional sinks to your dining space? At The Hostess Station we make it easy with our portable handwash systems—no installation required! Position our stand-alone handwashing stations wherever you need them. You’ll also save money on your water bill as they use cold rather than hot water. Call us today to purchase handwashing stations for your restaurant. We’re here to help your business stay safe and thrive.