Handwashing for Life

Overcoming Underwashing

Take Control: Monitor, Report & Manage

Track and Validate Team Performance

An effective, enduring hand hygiene process is the result of management diligence and a commitment to continuous improvement. Documentation of the total process is critical. Periodic adjustments and new ideas are necessary to sustain effectiveness in the dynamic environment of the professional kitchen. Improvement is always possible when results are measured.

“Handwashing is the single most important means of preventing the spread of infection.”
- Centers for Disease Control

“A motivated food worker is the single most important factor in hand washing.”
- Jim Mann, The Handwashing For Life Institute

“What gets measured, gets done.”
- Anonymous

“What gets measured, gets rewarded or disciplined, gets done."

- Jim Mann, The Handwashing For Life Institute

Motivation & measurement go hand-in-hand. Much like the marks on the doorway celebrate a child's growth, improvements in hand washing celebrate the food worker's professional growth.

  • An interview with a food worker:
    • "Yes, I know how to wash my hands."
    • "Yes, I do wash my hands."
    • "No, I have no idea how many times I need to wash my hands per shift to be successful."
    • "No, there is no time to write down each time I wash."
    • "Yes, I would appreciate a scorecard, I like to ® Corporation's Signol product).">win."
    • "I especially would like to win the war on germs for my health, the health of my family, the health of my fellow workers, the health of our guests and the health of my employer's business."

Operators need to establish a baseline for hand washing frequency to establish a foundation for performance and goals for continuous improvement. View The HandsOn System

GOJO Signol Counting Dispenser - Open

GOJO Signol Counting Dispenser

Leadership Companies: The Handwashingforlife® HandsOn Program is helping focus attention on Active Hand Hygiene. Operators are looking at handwashes per meal served as an indicator tailored to their menu, facility, staff and customer profile. Hand hygiene standards are a key 24/7 operational requirement for the risk savvy operator.

Leadership Company

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HandsOn™ System

HandsOn System

5 steps to convert underwashing to under control. Set and track your risk-based ServeReady® Hands and TouchReady® Surface standards.

SaniTwice® for Catered Events

SaniTwice for Catered Events

Uncompromised hand cleanliness for those serving food at venues without running water.

Teaching Videos

Teaching Videos

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