Gel Has Had its Day
How do they work?
The problem is that like disinfectants used to clean surfaces, their effectiveness is vastly reduced when dirt, food or anything else is on hands as it will make the alcohol less effective.
The situation for caterers if you still want to use anti-bacterial gel it is necessary to first wash your hands with soap and water which defeats the whole reason for using them in the first place, which is why all the new guidelines state, ‘Anti-bacterial hand gels should not be used instead of thorough hand washing’.
Hospitals - Why do they still use them?
So what do you do if you haven't got hand wash facilities as part of your kit?
NCASS have come up with a workable and more importantly an affordable solution
The NCASS answer to portable hand washing The Handiwash
The system made in Australia has unrealised potential, it was originally made for use in delivery trucks as a water heater using 12 or 24vDC and that is still the case, but its 6 ltr tank gave us other ideas.
Questions we asked ourselves
1) What if we could mix boiling water from another source such as a standard Burco tea urn and cold water from a tap or water container, how long would it stay warm enough to make hand washing more comfortable and effective – the answer 5 hours, long enough for most shifts.
2) How about another option - we fill it from our kettle at home at a 75 / 25 mix with cold water before setting out to trade in the morning
3) What if we had mains electricity? Could we get a waterproof ( IP54 rating) transformer to power the unit, the answer was yes we could
4) What if we still wanted to run the unit off a leisure battery as the vehicle was driving to site, the answer was, if we installed a split charger ( like thy have on a caravan) yes we could.
So what have we got?
A totally flexible hand wash system, that can be used in almost any location, it’s light enough to carry even when full of water, it’s very compact, easy to clean and best of all the price is £249+ VAT for the unit ( for the 12 or 24 VDC version) the transformer costs an additional £60 and the typical price for a split charger system is £40-£50.
But it seems to me that the most cost effective method is simply to fill the tank of the Handiwash with a mix of boiling water and cold water and you have a 6 ltr supply of warm water, all you need to add is the soap and some disposable towels and you have complied with all good practice and the new guidelines.
Weight empty 4 kgs (9 1/4 lbs
Weight full 8.7 kgs (19lbs)
Capacity 6 ltrs
Based on a wet time of 3 secs and a rinse time of 5 secs with the tap fully open you will get 20 washes out of the 6 ltr tank which can then be re filled or topped up as you go through the shift.
See the advert below for more information, or call 0121 603 2524