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:
- e-Bug (Ages 5-18)
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
For details of future e-bug training dates please email e-Bug@phe.gov.uk
Global Hand Washing Day
Borrow a Glow and Show Kit
Glow and Show kits consist of a hand-held UV light and iridescent powder and cream. The powder and cream simulate germs. The ease with which germs can be spread is demonstrated by putting either the cream or powder on hands and participants then touch their surroundings or colleagues.
Schools, and other organisations, can borrow a Glow and Show kit from Wootton Bassett, Salisbury or Trowbridge libraries. Details, including an application form, can be found here.