So you order that big cola from a drive-in restaurant and a teenager receives the order, grabs a cup, fills it, caps it with a lid and sends it out the window to you. When was the last time that that employee washed his/her hands? And if so was it done properly? Earlier this year I did a piece on hand washing for children to solve a similar problem.
We are a commodity and service driven economy and there is a lot of hand holding, or passing of products through literal hands, from development to distribution to retail to consumption. This is especially important in the case of food handling. What regulations are in place to accurately assure that proper measures are set forth and executed to prevent the transfer of bacteria?
Charles Abraham and Zachary Eddy of Plano, Texas or the greater Dallas area have been furiously working and pumping all resources into an idea turned product that has a real chance to become an industry standard and requirement. They call it the SaniTimer. Eddy was a corporate chef at a fortune 100 company and now is fully dedicated to this endeavor. Abraham handles the sales and marketing component of the duo.
It all started with the proverbial ah-ha moment. As accounted by Abraham concerning his business partner Eddy,
“His assistant chef walked into the kitchen and asked him what he needed to start working on…’well go wash your hands first and then we will get started’. [a moment later] He walks back. ‘What did you go do?’ [Inquired Eddy] ‘Wash my hands like you said’. [Eddy] went on to say, "no you didn't. That was impossible. You weren't over there long enough.’ The cook finally asked, "how am I supposed to keep track of the time?’ and there it was [the SaniTimer].”
The fully patented SaniTimer is a universal faucet add-on that counts down the seconds (30) on a display letting the user know when the appropriate time has elapsed to rid the hands of bacteria and germs. The end of every cycle includes a soothing series of beeps as further notification. The timer is water activated so there is no need to turn it on or off with buttons.
There are several key industries that Messrs. Abraham and Eddy are poised to penetrate which are each large in scale and sales potential, namely restaurants, schools, and hospitals. “In five to 10 years, we hope that we will have two or three models that serve different purposes in hand hygiene and we also hope to be global”, explained Abraham. “If [restaurants, schools, and hospitals] get cleaner, everybody who is a patient, patron, or customer wins. Hand washing affects absolutely everybody. So, we felt people might see that and say, ‘I'll put $10 bucks in for that, it's a great idea and good cause’.”
Would you POP a SaniTimer onto your faucet? Let us know what you think about this product below in the comments.
SaniTimer’s Kickstarter campaign page