Nowadays, kids in school can easily get infected by unknown germs and bacteria. With the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, it’s important to keep up with new advances in the fight against bacteria and germs. Knowledge of these innovations can keep kids healthy and in school.
Wash Those Hands
Hand-washing has been the first line of defense since kids first gathered in schools. Water and soap gets rid of most germs from hands before eating or after sneezing, using the bathroom, or playing outside. Hand sanitizers are a modern addition to many classrooms, cafeterias and backpacks. It’s an easy way to get rid of harmful bacteria when hand-washing isn’t available. Technology has been advancing the way we fight these germs and bacteria, providing something they can use after they use the bathroom, after they touch dirty things, after they have played on the playground, and after they have done activities that may have exposed them to bacteria and germs.
Learning how to keep hands clean and to avoid spreading germs is an important lesson. Clean hands will always be the first step in the fight against spreading bacteria and germs. The CDC produced an informative handwashing video that shows exactly why and how hand-washing is the best first defense against illness.
Keep It Clean
Keeping the school clean is the second way to keep students and staff healthy and in class. Janitorial staff are responsible for cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing classrooms, cafeterias, restrooms, gyms, and other areas where students are gathered.
- Cleaning works by using soap (or detergent) and water to physically remove germs from surfaces. This process does not necessarily kill germs, but by removing them, it lowers their numbers and the risk of spreading infection.
- Disinfecting kills germs on surfaces or objects. Disinfecting works by using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces or objects. This process does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs, but by killing germs on a surface after cleaning, it can further lower the risk of spreading infection.
- Sanitizing lowers the number of germs on surfaces or objects to a safe level, as judged by public health standards or requirements. This process works by either cleaning or disinfecting surfaces or objects to lower the risk of spreading infection.
Stay Up To Date
Technological advances in sanitization have greatly reduced the amount of time and effort needed to keep germs and bacteria at bay. Two of those, electrostatic sanitization and passive antimicrobial products, can help the school to be completely clean and sanitized to help kids stay healthy.
Electrostatic sanitization creates electrically charged droplets and applies them via a sprayer that evenly coats all surfaces regardless or orientation or accessibility, rather than allowing them to drift away to the floor. It is a very effective way to quickly sanitize large areas such as classrooms, locker rooms, school buses and offices. The technology is simple but the outcome is significant. One school beat a norovirus outbreak by working with SafeHandles to deliver an electrostatic program, and has maintained increased attendance numbers with a regular application routine.
Passive antimicrobial technology can help schools reduce the numbers of germs that linger on commonly-touched surfaces, making sure that every surface and every area of the school is safe and clean for kids. Door handles, push plates, flush handles, and faucet handles are common places for bacteria. Applying slow-release silver-ion embedded passive antimicrobial covers to these areas will eliminate any disease-spreading bacteria and germs before the next user touches it.
Electrostatic spraying and passive antimicrobial technology break the cycle of the reintroduction of germs and shut down an outbreak before it happens. SafeHandles products prevent the spread of germs via touch from user to user. Electrostatic application of a sanitizer will eliminate germs on all surfaces. Both can eliminate the germs and bacteria that cause salmonella, E coli, MRSA, and the common cold and flu in schools, offices, and other community areas.
These advanced bacteria-fighting technologies are two ways that schools can fight the spread of disease such as influenza. They are cost-effective options that reduce both cleaning time and missed school days. SafeHandles continues to be on the forefront of advancing technologies in the battle to keep kids healthy and in school.