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. School life can be frequently disrupted by the spread of communicable diseases such as Influenza, Norovirus and Escherichia coli (E. Coli). Hand hygiene really helps reduce the spread of germs.
Research shows that improper hand washing 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.
Improving the condition of the school washrooms and providing adequate facilities supports increased hand washing rates and more positive attitudes in students. The simple act of washing hands can reduce the risk of stomach bugs by as much as 47%. Risk hotspots within the washroom include toilets, flush handles, cubicle handles and areas around the sink.
The use of colour throughout the washroom and coloured dispensers can enhance the experience and encourage hand washing
Effective hand washing and drying is critical to disrupt the spread of germs. Ensure soap and hand drying provisions are well-stocked
Provide hand washing demonstrations to students and equip washrooms with signage and visual prompts to promote good hygiene practices
The reception and entrance areas create a first impression for students, parents and visitors. Make it positive and it will reflect well on the hygiene standards of the school.
The reception area is often a high traffic space with many people passing during the day. 80% of the dirt in buildings is brought indoors via visitors' shoes. Entrance mats enhance reception areas and help demonstrate an added level of consideration and care to your students, staff and visitors.
Ensure a regular cleaning routine with a focus on high-use areas such as door handles, surfaces and even signing-in pens
Food hygiene and safety are critical in ensuring childrens’ well-being and maintaining educational standards - keeping both staff and students safe from food-borne illnesses.