Now here is a bright idea
As most parents will tell you hand hygiene in children and young adults is not top of mind and when your child comes home from school with coughs and bugs it is not often that we think about how our child has picked up the germs or bacteria that has caused this.
Hand hygiene is the single most important measure for preventing the spread of infection and as the NHS confirms:
Cold Viruses have been shown to survive on indoor surfaces for more than seven days. In general, viruses survive for longer on non-porous (water resistant) surfaces, such as stainless steel and plastics, than porous surfaces, such as fabrics and tissues. Although cold viruses have been shown to survive on surfaces for several days, their ability to cause an infection starts to decrease after 24 hours.
Flu viruses capable of being transferred to hands and causing an infection can survive on hard surfaces for 24 hours.
Parainfluenza virus, which causes croup in children, can survive for up to 10 hours on hard surfaces and up to four hours on soft surfaces.
Stomach Bugs There are many germs that can cause a stomach bug. They include bacteria such as E coli, salmonella, Clostridium difficile (C difficile) and campylobacter, and viruses such as norovirus and rotavirus.
Salmonella and campylobacter survive for short periods of around 1-4 hours on hard surfaces or fabrics. Norovirus and C difficile, however, can survive for much longer. In one study, C difficile was shown to survive for five months. Norovirus can survive for days or weeks on hard surfaces.
Not only pupils are vulnerable to catching these germs and bugs but also teachers, lecturers and all connected staff.
According to the Department for Education a teachers starting salary is £21,804 and if they are off sick they have to have temporary cover therefore it is not long before a minor stomach bug could cost an education facility hundreds or even thousands of pounds.
If a pupil is absent the school does not achieve its attendance figures!
If a teacher is absent this has huge financial implications on a schools budget.
Either way by installing the low cost StepNpull® The Foot Handle even a 5% improvement in these figures seems like a bright idea!
StepNpull® The Foot Handle is the ‘educated’ choice for schools, colleges and universities
Pulls doors open with your foot, keeps clean hands clean!
Eliminates 100% of handle-to-hand germ transfer!
Effective to help prevent the spread of infection!
Healthy teaching staff saves educational facilities time and money!
Healthy pupils achieve better results and achieve attendance targets.