Local company uses new timed technology to fight spread of COVID-19

Posted at 8:56 AM, Aug 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-07 08:56:57-04

(WXYZ) — As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, businesses are adjusting through new technology and trying to prevent the spread.

Washing your hands at Griffin Claw in Birmingham these days is a little more strategic. The microbrewery installed new faucets in the restrooms that make sure each wash is thorough killing germs.

Christopher Lasher, Griffin Claw's marketing director explained, "They're touch free sensors. They time the amount of time that the water comes out and the soap dispenses automatically, after five seconds of water and then there's a 20 second time period for lathering with just the soap."

And then comes the rinse which lasts for as long as your hands are underneath the faucet.

As Lasher explained, this isn't the first time Griffin Claw's made news for helping people keep their hands clean. In March, the business made use of its unique machinery and converted its operations to produce hand sanitizer during a national shortage.

"We gave free sanitizer with every carry out order. We were able to provide sanitizer to the state of Michigan and everyone else. So that was a source of keeping us going," Lasher said.

Right before reopening dine-in during the pandemic, Lasher says the business wanted the taproom experience to be a breath of fresh air.
So the brewery installed three air purifiers that he points out will really come in handy in the colder months.

"In the summer, with the open air we can have large doors open. It's nice to get fresh air throughout the area but as far as our guests being safe and comfortable as well as our employees who have to be here all day... we want them to feel as safe as possible and actually be as safe as possible," he said.

"So it was just worth the investment to bring in these types of technologies," Lasher added.