Today Mechline Developments, manufacturer of hygienic hand solutions for the foodservice and hospitality industry, launch the world’s first left-handed hands-free tap.
This new product makes effective handwashing practice easy and trouble-free for left handed people, by reducing the need for them to touch taps.
Electronic taps have been revolutionary in improving hygiene in commercial kitchen environments, and The British Hospitality Association (BHA) insist on ‘a supply of warm water for handwashing at a comfortable temperature through a single tap, which is preferably not hand operated’.
With manual taps, the action of turning a tap on requires touching the tap lever or handle with dirty hands, and then revisiting the same lever or handle with clean hands to turn it off – a counterintuitive practice. Eliminating the need to touch taps reduces the potential of this cross contamination and this new product provides left-handed operators with a much needed option.
Experts state that it only takes 15 to 20 seconds of vigorous hand washing with soap and water to effectively remove bacteria which can cause infection. A seemingly simple task, yet one that appears to not be happening effectively enough at several locations around the UK.
There are clear legal requirements that all foodservice operations must meet in a working kitchen environment. All commercial kitchens must provide enough hand wash basins for staff to wash their hands and these must serve clean hot and cold running water, ideally mixed to allow comfortable and consistent temperature. But simply having the minimum requirements in place does not necessarily equate to successful outcomes, and often left handed users are left wanting.
Kristian Roberts, marketing manager at Mechline, commented: “We are so pleased to offer the world’s first left-handed hands-free tap. Handwashing may be seen as an insignificant part of one’s job, but this practice has significant and far-reaching consequences. We cannot stress enough how important regular and effective handwashing is.
“At Mechline we offer a range of products to support this best practice, but the responsibility lies with business owners to make sure the correct facilities are available and education is provided for each and every member of staff entering or leaving the kitchen – even left-handed users.”
Furthermore, the company is happy to provide advice on how to support this best practice, which will help prevent the detrimental impact on hygiene, safety, reputation and income that can result from ineffective handwashing.