Hitting the Hot Spots
Schools have their own unique "hot spots" that typically harbor the most germs. The Healthy Schools Project* educates and encourages students to "Wash, Wipe and Sanitize" to help reduce the risk of transmission – especially in germ hot spots.
Germ Shedding starts up to three days before someone feels sick, putting others at risk without even knowing it.
SOLUTION:Provide easy-to-access hand sanitizer in common areas.
Water fountain handles are among the top five "germiest" touch points in a school setting.
SOLUTION:Wipe germ hot spots daily – even if they appear to be clean – and ensure sanitizer access in common areas.
Studies show that only 58% of female and 48% of male middle and high school students wash their hands after using the bathroom.
SOLUTION:Wash hands often, and always dry them completely with a paper towel.
The average desk has 400 times more bacteria on it than the average toilet seat.
SOLUTION:Clean surfaces daily with a surface wipe, and ensure hand sanitizer access near computer stations.
Fingers carrying a flu virus can contaminate up to seven clean surfaces.
SOLUTION:Remember to wash, wipe and sanitize to avoid cross contamination.
Door handles are one of the most touched surfaces in schools, and a key point of germ transmission.
SOLUTION:Place easy-to-access hand sanitizer dispensers near all high traffic areas.
Viruses can live from 24 to 48 hours on surfaces.
SOLUTION:Always wash hands after visiting school common areas, and ensure sanitizer is easy to access.
Highest bacteria counts per square inch are found on surfaces commonly used by teachers.
SOLUTION:Wipe tables at the start of each day, and ensure classrooms have easy-to-access sanitizer for students and teachers.