We have had enquiries from some Learning Communities on appropriate hand hygiene consumables in the current environment and provide the following information as a guide:
Appropriate hand hygiene consumables include:
- soap, preferably in liquid form via a dispenser (for example, wall mounted)
- a method for hand drying (for example, paper towel or hand dryer)
- alcohol-based hand rub (where deemed appropriate).
Although washing hands with soap and water is the preferred method of hand hygiene, alcohol-based hand sanitisers are a useful adjunct to hand washing and can be provided in classrooms or where running water is not available. Non-alcohol-based hand sanitisers are not recommended. A hand sanitiser needs to be of at least 60% alcohol to be effective at killing most viruses.
Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to reduce the number of microorganisms (germs) on hands and should always be encouraged over the use of alcohol based hand sanitisers. The effectiveness of alcohol-based hand sanitisers is also reduced when used on hands that are visibly soiled or dirty. Visible contamination and dirt should be removed before using hand sanitisers and can be achieved by use of a hand wipe where soap and water are unavailable.
For further information contact Gerry Conley 8267 8411, firstname.lastname@example.org