Scanner will tell you whether your hands are clean enough

January 30, 2021

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A New York startup is making a product that could be vital in a pandemic world.

PathSpot is billed as a way for restaurants and other businesses in the food industry to control the cleanliness of their operations.

The company has designed a scanning device, using light fluorescence spectroscopy, that checks an employee’s hands for traces of contaminants that can cause illness. If someone fails the 2-second test, they will need to do some more scrubbing.

“We all know we need to wash our hands for a full 20 seconds and scrub in all those hard-to-reach places, but sometimes in the middle of a busy day you might miss one of those spots,” Christine Schindler, co-founder and CEO of PathSpot, told the Noon Business Hour on Friday.

“We’re there as an extra check to make sure your hands are fully clean.”

Schindler said she actually began working on the venture in 2017, long before COVID-19. The pandemic has only heightened interest in the product, she said.

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