It has been shown that with good hand hygiene we prevent the spread of gastrointestinal, respiratory and food poisoning in general. For this reason it is so important to create healthy work spaces and promote good hygiene habits for young people from an early age.
In schools and kindergartens, students often work with their hands; share objects; They play with sand or simply rub a wound or put their fingers in their mouths. This causes the hands to concentrate a large amount of dirt and microbes and pose a danger of contagion.
Making the act of washing your hands before eating or handling food a routine and, of course, after going to the service, is the best way to instill in children a hygiene habit that will protect them throughout their lives.
How should we wash our hands:
1. Wet your hands. Preferably use warm water.
2. Rub hands vigorously with soap for about 15 seconds.
3. Ensure the correct cleaning between the fingers, wrists and, very importantly, under the nails, using a brush.
4. Rinse hands correctly under water to completely remove soap residue.
5. Dry your hands well with disposable paper towels. Close the tap with the same wipe.
Wash or disinfect hands?
Washing is not the same as disinfecting hands. In professional settings and, especially with children or the elderly, it is advisable to use special soaps with some disinfectant power to avoid contagion or cross contamination.
Antiseptic hand wash. Most practical disinfectants.
The use of disinfectant liquids that do not need rinsing is an effective one in collective dining rooms or areas where hand cleaning can become a complicated task to control.
The main advantage is its efficiency and speed. In a few seconds it disinfects and dries itself. Eliminates pathogenic microorganisms and allows hand hygiene in any situation and place. But you have to keep in mind that it cannot be used if we have traces of dirt on our hands.
* Disinfectants authorized by the Spanish Agency for medicines and health products. Suitable for situations that require preventive actions.
How to apply an antiseptic:
1. Apply 3 ml of solution on the palm of clean and dry hands.
2. friction-hands for a minimum of 30 seconds: cover all surfaces of the hands, including the fingers, until they are dry. Hands should be allowed to dry on their own.
Solutions and systems for schools
Single-use paper dispensers to avoid cross contamination. With savings system to favor the responsible consumption of cellulose and lower costs.
* For nurseries, there are paper towels on the market that, when wet, are transformed with wet wipes and which can be very useful and practical for spot cleaning of hands and / or surfaces.
Soap dispensers or alcohol disinfectants. The advantage of these devices is that they can dose the soap or disinfectant automatically quickly and conveniently.
Source of information:
World Health Organization – WHO