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Hygiene services for education

Innovative hygiene solutions to help schools, colleges and universities ensure high hygiene standards to protect staff, students and equipment.

As educational establishments prepare to re-open their doors after lockdowns, the priority is to keep students and staff safe and healthy while providing the best-quality learning and development.

Large numbers of users, close contact between staff and students, and interactive learning and play mean germs can spread easily and quickly and lead to viral infections. The provision of adequate facilities in educational environments is a basic requirement and includes the prevention and spread of infection, but maintaining the right standards of hygiene during peak periods when footfall is high can be difficult.

Hygiene is important for parents, too, as the quality of hygiene provision in schools is one of the key criteria that influence prospective parents.

Our range of innovative hygiene solutions can help to ensure education providers reduce the risk of infections and encourage high standards of hygiene in staff and students.

Supporting schools, colleges and universities during the coronavirus pandemic

With innovative hygiene expertise, Initial can help the education sector deal with the effects of COVID-19 and keep employees and students protected from the spread of harmful bacteria and viruses.

Read our checklist to reassure staff and students that your premises are not just clean, but hygienically safe too.

Download our return to work ebook for help getting your university ready for the ‘new normal’.

We offer disinfection services, though our sister company Rentokil, tailored to your building’s needs.

Ensuring high levels of hygiene in the education sector 

As the world-leading hygiene experts, Initial helps businesses minimise the risk of infections being passed on via surfaces, hands and air. Our integrated hygiene solutions enable high levels of hygiene to be maintained and reduce risks for staff and customers.

Our industry-leading solutions are backed by data and scientific evidence. We provide innovations such as intelligent no-touch dispensers, industry-leading consumables and highly effective air hygiene solutions that can help protect the health and safety of your customers and staff.

An award-winning range of hand hygiene products, as well as hand soaps and sanitisers, formulated to be highly effective against bacteria and viruses.

Our surface hygiene services disinfect and sanitise surfaces, equipment and floors with effective solutions that can kill 99.99% of bacteria and viruses.

Clean, safe air is more important than ever. Our air purification solutions can remove up to 99.85% of airborne particles including respiratory droplets.

Discover our easy-to-use online customer portal that supports hygiene management of single or multiple sites.

Good hygiene practice is vital to the health of your staff

Schools, colleges and universities need to have a proper hand washing system in place as failing to wash and dry hands properly can cost the education system millions of sick days, for students and staff. Hand washing is the most important thing you can do to keep from getting sick.

Areas of high traffic with many people passing through during the day. 80% of dirt can be brought into a building through people's shoes. Entrance mats are needed to encourage students, staff and visitors to wipe their feet.

Introducing educational resources on hygiene can help to improve awareness of good practices. Reducing your carbon footprint can be done with the provision of automated taps that reduce water consumption especially in science classrooms.

Make sure that staff have been trained on correct handwashing methods, particularly when food is being handled. Clean food preparation areas and disinfect work surfaces regularly to reduce the risk of cross-contamination.

Toilet seats, sinks and flush handles can transmit germs. Regularly sanitise surfaces. All female washrooms should be well-provisioned with feminine hygiene facilities.

Ensuring staff are adequately trained and are able to easily access hygiene solutions is an essential way to help stop the journey of the germ between staff and students.

Computer keyboards are the home for thousands of microbes per square inch. Teachers need to encourage students to clean computer desk areas regularly and provide surface sanitisers.

Building hygiene awareness in schools

Teaching children to understand the importance of hygiene is an essential part of their education. With their less developed immune systems, infections are more easily caught. Take a look at our teachers toolkit for guidance on how to help prevent the spread of germs and build hygiene awareness.

Washing hands regularly and thoroughly helps to reduce and remove potentially harmful bacteria and viruses. Use this pack of helpful activities to build awareness of the importance of handwashing in schools.

Most people don’t wash their hands effectively. Around 50% of men and 22% of women don’t use soap and, even then, most people only wash the palms of their hands.

The pandemic has made hygiene something people have to do because it’s critical for their safety. We found that 65% of respondents expect the company to provide regular disinfection services.

It’s been proven that Covid-19 can be transmitted via airborne particles. Filtering pathogens from the air will help prevent infection, reduce ill-health and keep you safe at work.

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