St, Giles Junior School Exhall Warwickshire tel 02476 313375

Hand Washing Guidance


Hand Washing Guidance

The most effective way of doing this is through good hand hygiene.

Parents play the biggest role in influencing their children in their hand washing habits. Washing your hands, aside from vaccination, is probably the most effective contribution you can make as a parent to reducing the spread of infection. Regular hand washing, especially after going to the toilet or during an illness (especially, cold, flu, vomiting and diarrhoea) will help prevent the spread of infection.

Bugs (microbes), such as bacteria and viruses, can easily be spread by touch. These may be picked up from contaminated surfaces, objects or people and then passed on to others.

Bar soap should be avoided as slimy soap harbours germs. Washing your hands with hot water and liquid soap for the time it takes to sing a verse of “Happy Birthday” should ensure that any germs are destroyed.

Encourage children to wash their hands by showing them how to do it, and by setting them a good example.

Wash your hands before you

Prepare or eat food
Treat a cut or a wound
Visit a hospital ward (remember alcohol-based hand rubs are also provided)

Wash your hands after you

Use the toilet
Handle uncooked foods, particularly raw meat, poultry or fish
Blow your nose, cough or sneeze
Touch animals or animal waste
Take out/handle rubbish
Change a nappy
Work/play in the garden
Touch a sick or injured person
Visit a hospital ward (remember alcohol-based hand rubs are also provided)

The #1 way to prevent the spread of infections is proper hand washing!

Follow the NHS guidance on hand washing: NHS Hand Wash Poster.pdf