Williams has launched a foot-operated door opener that is compatible with its modular coldrooms.
The simple device allows staff to enter the room without having to touch the door with their hands.
The company said it believes it to be the first of its kind for coldroom applications.
Operators simply step on the stainless steel pedal, which operates a lever to open the door to the coldroom.
The system incorporates a clip that holds the door latch open, so that the handle doesn’t need to be touched at all. The new unit does not affect the thermal integrity of the coldroom in any way.
The foot operated system offers two very significant benefits. First and foremost, by reducing touch points it helps to meet the heightened hygiene standards that are an important part of the response to the covid-19 pandemic.
Secondly, the hands-free access is a very useful ‘quality of life’ upgrade for the kitchen brigade, making it easy for staff to bring product into the coldroom without having to juggle what they’re carrying while opening the door.
The foot opener is a simple, robust mechanical device and can be easily added to an existing installation or specified as part of a new project.
“The new foot-operated opener is going to make life easier for staff, and help them maintain stringent hygiene standards,” said Malcolm Harling, sales and marketing director at Williams.
“The fact that it can be retro-fitted to existing Williams coldrooms is an important benefit, too.”
The foot-operated door opener costs from £350, depending on the coldroom design.