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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:


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  (until July 2018)


  • Beat the Bugs. Free Train the trainer course. Wednesday 25th April 2018 at Nadder Centre, Tisbury.

Further details and booking here.

This FREE Train the Trainer course is designed for community settings, such as school, care homes and anywhere hygiene and microbe awareness is important. It is fun, interactive and informative. The attendees will learn about microbes and how they are spread; how to stop the spread and personal hygiene and self care. It is a 3 hour course and will enable the attendees to either train others or use elements of the package to inform and educate others. There are elements that can be used with both adults and children

  • e-Bug Training. Free course to become an approved e-Bug school and/or community educator. Thursday 10th May 2018 Gloucester.

e-Bug have developed a face to face training session to train teachers and other health educators how to use the e-Bug resources.

Flyer with further details here.

For more details on this or future training dates please email 

Global Hand Washing Day

15th October