School Washroom Hygiene:
The Complete Guide
Taking good care of your washroom facilities needs to be done correctly and to a high standard. More often than not there are areas within the washroom environment that are overlooked. Washrooms in general can be the perfect place for anyone young or old to pick up unwanted bacteria or viruses. A recent study found that nearly half of children still don’t want to wash their hands after using the toilet.
Keeping on top of your daily, weekly and monthly maintenance will not only ensure you are compliant with UK legislation. It will also prolong the life of your facilities and promote happy, healthy, hygienic living.
A good regular clean has always been a must. However, a regular clean in today’s climate, with the rise of COVID-19, it has never been more important. Throughout the day we humans come into contact with hundreds and thousands of surfaces, all covered in little nasties that could cause us some harm.
School washrooms should be checked for visible mess and problems throughout the day. All checks should be logged with both times of the visit and signed by the member of staff who did so. Every surface must be cleaned and disinfected frequently (before and after each use if possible).
Clean the surface with soap and water, then use disinfectant. Cleaning with soap and water reduces the number of germs, dirt and impurities on the surface. Disinfecting kills germs on surfaces.
Cleaning should be broken down into areas of frequently touched surfaces and high touch surfaces. Frequently touched surfaces include mirrors and windowsills. High touch surfaces include doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, toilets, taps, sinks, etc.
Always remember to use a different cloth to clean different areas. Using the same cloth is very unhygienic and causes cross-contamination. Find out more about colour-coded cleaning here.
Keeping fixtures and fittings clean is great, as it can prevent corrosion or damage. It can also give you an insight into what little problems you may have before they become big problems.
Sanitary bins are a legal requirement for all businesses and industries if there are female employees or students. In terms of education, sanitary bins will be used more from secondary school onwards. Feminine hygiene waste must be disposed of and handled in the correct manner, as stated in The Workplace (Health, Safety & Welfare) Regulation 1992, The Water Industries Act 1991 and The Environmental Protection Act 1990. Visit our legislation page for more information.
Sanitary waste disposal is a service that Hygienic Concepts takes great pride in completing. Ensuring all sanitary bins are emptied cleaned and disinfected ready for the next user. Improper disposal of non-hazardous waste could land you in very deep trouble.
Legionella is a type of bacterium found naturally in freshwater environments, like lakes and streams. It can become a health concern when it grows and spreads in human-made building water systems (Source Centres for Disease Control and Prevention).
These checks are fundamental to the hygiene of your facilities and help to prevent outbreaks of Legionnaires Disease. There are various procedures that take place, weekly, monthly, quarterly, six-monthly and annually. Most of these checks are relatively straightforward to carry out, but all can be outsourced to a specialist firm if necessary.
Consumables are everything that is used and then replaced. These products include toilet roll, soap, air fresheners, paper towels, urinal blocks etc. Running out of these products especially within a school washroom is not good. Make sure you have adequate stock levels, especially toilet roll and hand soap.
However, do not overlook your washroom cleaning products. Ensure your cleaning cupboard is fully stocked with all the right products to complete the job.
Regular Maintenance Checks
Maintaining a set of washrooms sounds like a piece of cake. However, it is far from easy to take care of a washroom. Check all of your washrooms on a daily basis.
We have all been a child and understand what goes on in school toilets. From toilet paper stuck to the walls and ceilings to fixtures and fittings being broken to impress friends. This behaviour is not good but it happens. So one day your washroom is perfectly hygienic the next it’s not.
By keeping your washrooms in order and to a high standard you will reduce the number of sick days within students and teachers and promote hygiene throughout your school.
If you take care of your facilities and are interested in finding out more as to what Hygienic Concepts can offer you. Please get in touch our friendly expert advisors are more than happy to help.