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The Importance Of School Hygiene

23 May 2018

Schools are filled with germs

In a school environment, it is very important to maintain a level of cleanliness throughout the school in its entirety. Germs are lurking within the toilets, the classroom, the assembly hall, the sports hall - the list is endless. Millions of germs can be found on multiple surfaces.

 

The school desk...

First, let’s consider the pupils and teachers desk. A study conducted by Charles Gerba, Ph.D found that school teachers have 20 times more bacteria on their desks and work areas than any other profession included in the study! In the UK, Ofsted regularly visits schools to assess a number of different elements, and hygiene and cleanliness are at the top of their list. With so many pupils, it can be hard to maintain high cleanliness standards, however, a proactive approach and the spreading of germ awareness throughout the school can help improve overall hygiene conditions. All schools in the UK must meet the same standards. An unhygienic school encourages germs and bacteria, so having school cleaners that can provide specific cleaning tailored for this environment provides many clear benefits. This is particularly true in the classroom, where airborne germs can easily spread; here it is important to eliminate as much bacteria as possible. This can include, correctly disposing of food waste, wiping down desks and surfaces with a sufficient antibacterial spray, hoovering (and mopping) regularly. Outside of the classroom, it is important to consider other spaces such as the toilets; this is one of the main areas where germs are lurking, so make sure they are cleaned and inspected regularly. Furthermore, general rubbish build up can attract vermin such as mice and rats, which increases the risk of disease and further contamination.

 

It's not just the classroom that's full of bacteria...

It is also critical to consider various spaces within the school as cleanliness should extend beyond the classroom and the toilets. The school hall is a breeding ground for germs, from the floor to the lunch tables and the surrounding surfaces. However, it’s not just the obvious places. Gerba’s study found that the following items were absolutely covered in germs: water fountains, pencil sharpeners, computer keyboards, classroom door handles. A number of bacteria and viruses were found including influenza and norovirus. In every school, a school hygiene policy is put in place to help reduce bacteria and germs from spreading, school cleaning should be prioritised daily. Within a school environment, particularly one with mixed aged pupils, it can be difficult to effectively promote awareness and encourage cleanliness. There are a variety of ways teachers and parents can make this a topic that is engaging and helps children understand how small actions, like washing their hands, can impact their health. There are many fun and engaging activities for promoting hygiene and sanitation in schools, in particular, Pinterest has a huge variety of cut and stick activities as well as interactive activities, which maintain their focus and help them learn different elements of germs in the school and what they can do to help stop the spread of bacteria.

 

The importance of handwashing...

Myriam Sidibe, a public health expert, spoke in a ted talk about the power of handwashing and the impact a simple bar of soap can have in saving children's lives. She explored this main idea and relayed many facts. Her main point: “Handwashing with soap keeps kids in school, it stops babies from dying, handwashing with soap is one of the most cost-effective ways of saving children's lives, it can save over 600,000 every year, that's the equivalent of stopping ten jumbo jets full of babies and children from crashing every single day”, proved quite shocking. She went on to say: “Statistics are showing that 4 people out of 5 don’t wash their hands when they come out of the toilet globally”. Now, this is shocking, and why people don’t wash their hands is one of the fundamental questions she raised. This evidently is worrying, however, by eliminating bacteria from surfaces and various other areas around the school environment, it would help combat certain bacteria.

 

It is highly important to consider the benefits of keeping a clean and tidy school environment, school cleaning should be something that is carried out daily to ensure there is no build-up of rubbish and waste that ultimately leads to germs and bacteria spreading. We offer bespoke professional cleaning services that are tailored to what you specifically require. Our cleaning packages allow you to choose exactly what you need. We offer services such as washrooms and hygiene, floor cleaning,pc and telephone cleaning, pest control to name a few. We pride ourselves on delivering excellent services, all our staff are trained to the high standard set byBICSc (The British Institute of Cleaning Sciences). Cleaning should never be overlooked, particularly school cleaning. A strict school hygiene policy needs to be scrupulously followed.



Is it really that important?

The answer to that question is a massive yes. To ensure children and staff are protected against harmful bacteria. According to GOV.UK:“Cleaning of the environment, including toys and equipment, is an important function for the control of infection in childcare settings. It is important that cleaning schedules clearly describe the activities needed, the frequency and who will carry them out”. School hygiene should never be overlooked as a child's physical environment has a profound effect on their everyday health. Helping getting rid of harmful germs can prevent both children and staff from falling sick. For specific ways and tips on cleaning a classroom, see our blog post on classroom cleaning.





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