As reopening plans develop, hygiene has come to the forefront. These new hygiene demands will help protect our families, employees, and customers. However, given the speed at which we are moving, the hygiene recommendations have not been fully developed into standards. Today, they are simply 'best practices'.
Handwashing has always been a good idea. It's the best way to kill the germs and viruses off of our hands. However, since handwashing was invented in the 1800s people's behavior has needed modified. While the CDC and FDA recommend a minimum of 20 seconds, the average handwashing session is around 6-7 seconds.
The 20 second minimum comes from the time it takes to scrub the surfaces of our hands and, in parallel, the time it takes for soap to lather and penetrate the germ's lipid layers.
Now, more than ever it's imperative to modify our behavior to ensure everyone's hands are cleaner. Especially in public spaces.
This is why the SinkBlink20 was invented, to provide an automatic, gentle reminder that we need to stay at the sink and keep scrubbing. Since being released to the market in July 2020 it has started to make a difference in a variety of locations.
Continue reading to learn how the SinkBlink20 is making a difference in
and at Home.
We support clean hands every. Especially at home. There are two benefits to having a SinkBlink20 at home.
First, we've learned that people have the 'handwashing sink' in their home. When the kids have come home their first stop is to a certain sink in the home. When these kids wash, the 20 second timer ensures they meet the minimum and aren't bringing any germs and viruses into the home.
Second, the SinkBlink20 modifies their behavior for the better. Once children experience 20 seconds they take that behavior everywhere. Now, whenever they wash their hands they are more likely to properly wash their hands.
"The lights really entertained the kids in my home made it more enjoyable for them and encouraged them to wash their hands more often." - Gabriel Harrison
"My sinkblink is working well. Really helps with properly washing hands. Was easy to install. Grandsons think it is very cool." -John Gratsy
It almost goes without saying, it is really important for our children to properly wash their hands. Moreover, it is important for them to wash their hands when they are all together. SinkBlink20s have been installed onto both classroom sinks and in the restrooms. In each case, it's getting students to wash their hands for 20 seconds.
"The SinkBlink takes the guesswork out of washing hands for 20 seconds. It's a great visual for the kids to use when washing hands. It's only the 12th day of school and the class knows how to use the SinkBlink successfully."
- Genna Kuban, 1st Grade Teacher
"The Chappaqua Central School district purchased enough sinkblinks for all our elementary schools sinks.
The Teachers found it to be a great help to teach the students how long they should wash their hands. The students find it fun and entertaining. It has made washing their hands kind of a game and they are washing their hands a lot more often. They love to see the blinking blue light and they are washing their hands a lot longer than ever before. In the past teachers would have to try to monitor the students to insure they wash their hands long enough but that is impossible with 20 students in a classroom and so much going on. With the sinkblinks it has insured all students are washing their hands as long as needed to kill the germs and get their hands clean. The teachers now need very little over sight and have less stress if the student washed their hands long enough.
Chappaqua Central School district has been open with students in the schools Since September 3rd. We have not had a COVID outbreak among our students so far. We credit this to all the work and programs the district put in place and SinkBlink was a part of that plan. We think it is a good step in stopping the spread if germs."
Director of Facilities, Operations & Maintenance
Hygiene protocols in medical facilities have always been front and center. While healthcare staff had always been required to abide by handwashing compliance, now the same is being asked of the patients coming into the facility.
"We have been using this on our oncology unit for several weeks. The nursing staff LOVE IT! SinkBlink20 has been a great way to make us all SLOW DOWN and invest in washing effectively.
We all know what the data says about effective hand-washing, but SinkBlink20 reminds us to slow down to protect ourselves and our patients. Smart, safe and economical. "
- Karen Przystup, Physician Assistant
"Proper sanitation goes a long way with making patients happy and healthy. SinkBlink20 provides employees a subtle reminder to stick around the sink a little longer and continue the hand washing."
-Dr. Karim Morales, DMD
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SinkBlink20 installations in restaurants represent a double value.
First, to the employees, washing for 20 seconds is imperative before and after handling food. This isn't a coronavirus mandate, rather a requirement from the health inspector.
Second, to the patrons, washing for 20 seconds keeps the germs from leaving the restrooms.
The Sink Blinks have been installed in both the kitchens and restrooms for some time at Rock & Brews in Oviedo, and they are starting to make a difference.
"[The SinkBlink20] is a great movement for the restaurant and the community of Oviedo."
- Dewars Martinez
Assistant General Manager
We're dedicated to reducing the spread of transmittable diseases.
The SinkBlink 20 is a simple, visual cue that changes hand washing behavior and increases compliance.