In order to minimise the risk of transmitting infection, sensible good hygiene practices should be followed at all times, as standard practice.


Good hygiene practices should include the following:

  1. All schools should have clean toilet facilities, with an adequate supply of toilet paper.

  2. Good handwashing facilities must be available for both staff and children.

  3. Infected dressings or other contaminated materials, should be discarded into a bin or containers filled with a suitable plastic bag liner (YELLOW).   The plastic bag must be securely sealed or tied prior to disposal.   In the case of nappies they should first be wrapped in an ECO LINER prior to going in the bag.

  4. Razors, toothbrushes or other implements which could become contaminated with blood must not be shared.


The following safe practices should be followed by the person rendering first aid care.

  1. Cover any minor cuts or abrasions on hands and arms with waterproof dressings.

  2. Wash hands thoroughly, using hot running water and soap, after rendering first aid care.

  3. Hands should be dried properly, using disposable paper hand towels or hot air hand driers.

  4. Minor wounds should be cleaned using clean water and disposable paper towels or tissues.

      The wound should be dried again using disposable paper towels or tissues.

      A first aid plaster or dressing (which is individually wrapped) can be applied if desired.

  5. As soon as possible seek medical advice.


The use of gloves for self protection depends on the type and degree of risk that a person may face.   Gloves provide a barrier for the user.   However, they are not an alternative to good handwashing practices.

There is only likely to be a risk of contacting an infection, if there are open cuts, fresh abrasions or dermatitis (eczema) on the hands, as intact skin provides a barrier to protect against...