Top of page Skip navigation

Hand washing

Hand washing is one of the most important ways of controlling the spread of infections, especially those that cause diarrhoea and vomiting and respiratory disease.

Liquid soap, warm water and paper towels are recommended.

Advise all staff and pupils to wash their hands after using the toilet, before eating or handling food and after touching animals.

Cover all cuts and abrasions with a waterproof dressing.

Coughs and sneezes spread diseases. Children and adults should be encouraged to cover their mouth and nose with a disposable tissue and wash hands after using or disposing of tissues. 

Handwashing case studies 

Several Wiltshire schools have chosen handwashing as part of their Healthy Schools work and monitored the impact for children.  

Wiltshire Healthy Schools handwashing case study:

Resources

Includes many practical resources to address hand hygiene for primary and secondary schools

Visual display of the importance of handwashing using bread

Various activities for children and simple messages about germs and hand washing

Glow and Show Kit

Borrow a kit from Isabelle.Tucker@wiltshire.gov.uk  (until July 2018)

Training

For more details of future e-bug training dates please email e-Bug@phe.gov.uk 

Global Hand Washing Day

15th October