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Pittsford restaurant testing out 'Hand Wash Coach' designed to improve handwashing technique

Patrick Moussignac
Created: March 03, 2020 06:11 PM

PITTSFORD, N.Y. (WHEC) — Restaurants are always looking for different ways to protect the health of their employees and their customers. 

In the wake of the coronavirus, News10NBC took a look at a device one Pittsford restaurant is testing that's re-training employees on how to properly wash their hands while at work. 

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It's been said time and time again the best way to prevent a virus from spreading is by properly washing your hands. 

Sam Trapani, CEO and Founder of Food Service Monitoring agrees. 

"It's important because hand transmission of pathogens is the number one vector which causes illnesses, and transmits pathogens which cause people to become sick," Trapani said.

At the Pittsford Pub and Grille, hand cleanliness is a top priority in the kitchen. 

So much so the restaurant is testing out a device called the “Hand Wash Coach,” which was invented by Trapani for one reason. 

“The coach actually improves the quality of the wash, and their monitor improves the frequency, or the number of times the person washes," said Trapani.

The system works like this: You simply press a button on the console, and it immediately tells you to wet your hands. So you keep your hands under the faucet for three seconds.

After that, the system tells you to apply soap. Then you have to rub your hands for a full 15 seconds. 

Once that's over, it will then prompt you to rinse your hands for another five seconds. 

When the timer reaches zero, it will tell you to dry your hands with a paper towel. 

Scott Thyroff owns the restaurant. 

He says besides keeping his employees in compliance with all sorts of health codes, he’s also learned a lot since the “Hand Wash Coach” was installed in his kitchen.

“There's actually a science to the process of washing your hands that I didn't even know about,” Thyroff said. “So now we're very comfortable that it’s getting done correctly, and we're even at a better level than we were at."

Soon, the “Hand Wash Coach” will even keep track of each time an employee washes their hands. 

Right now, servers like Brooke Schulter are happy to have this teaching tool in place.

“I have a 2-year old, so I don't want to bring any germs home as well, and I don't want to spread germs in the restaurant," Schulter said.

Trapani says each full “Hand Wash Coach” system which will include a monitor, and a camera device roughly costs around $1,200 per restaurant sink. They’re still in the testing stage for now.


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