Schools are already a hotbed of germ transmission, with a large number of kids in close quarters for a large portion of the day. Add in a few sick ones and it doesn’t take long for illness to take hold and spread. One place that pretty much every hand will touch is the bathroom door handle or pushplate, as well as sink faucets and flush handles. That’s why SafeHandles has produced passive antimicrobial products for each of those surfaces, to reduce the number of germs left behind to be transferred to the next user.
Cleaning and disinfection of bathrooms is an important first step to reduce dirt, bacteria and germs. In addition to bathrooms, it is important to focus on desks, handles, railings, playground equipment, and all shared resources on a daily basis. SafeHandles can amplify the disinfection process by reducing the ability of infection causing germs from returning to commonly touched surfaces such as door handles and railings.
SafeHandles have been developed to eliminate microbes on surfaces that must be touched, and to reduce germ transfer resulting from poor hand hygiene interaction with such surfaces. Another environmental implementation that sustains health in the workplace is to reduce the number of surfaces that must be touched. Hands-free waste containers and paper towel dispensers, hands-free faucets and soap dispensers, hot-air hand dryers – all serve to reduce the number of potential infection transmission sites in the environment. If one person is carrying infectious microbes on their hands, they have that many fewer opportunities to transmit them, and all of their fellow employees have that many fewer opportunities to receive them.
Touching, whether it is of another student, or of a handrail, door knob, desk, or table, is the primary source of microbe transmission. Instructing children in the effective protocol for hand washing and providing them with the necessary resources to achieve it (hot water, soap, hot-air hand dryer or hands-free paper towel dispenser with hands-free waste receptacle) is necessary for kids to contribute to the prevention of microbial transmission. For the environmental side of the transmission process, daily cleaning and constant disinfection of the environment is necessary.
A well-rounded protocol including daily cleaning, disinfection and sanitization of your school bathrooms along with SafeHandles’ passive antimicrobial technology on commonly-touched surfaces will help reduce disease transmission at school and keep kids healthy and in the classroom.