Where to use Hydrus
Schools and nurseries
Why is proper hygiene control important in schools and nurseries?
Correct and thorough hygiene practices are important in all walks of life, buy they become
heightened when it comes to managing schools and nurseries. Schools and nurseries are
highly susceptible to infections and illnesses, more so than at home, and the vulnerability of
children means that nurseries need extra care.
Proper hygiene control affects everyone at a school and nursery, not just infants but young
adults, teachers and staff. Parents who want their children to be safe. Staff who wish the best
for the children and want to stay healthy themselves. The children of course, and the
childcare providers who have a moral and legal duty to safeguard children/students from
infections and illnesses.
What are the most common infections related to schools and nurseries?
-Colds and flu
-Diarrhoea and vomiting
-Hand foot and mouth
How do infections spread in schools and nurseries?
Direct contact – Some germs spread through close direct contact with an infected person or
animal, or by contact with their blood or other body fluids.
Vertical transmission – Some germs can spread from an infected mother to her baby during
pregnancy, delivery or breastfeeding.
Self-infection – Germs may spread (through contact) from one part of the body to another,
(e.g. bladder infections occur when bacteria that normally live in the gut transfer to the urinary tract).
Inhalation – Some germs spread by inhaling respiratory droplets that people produce when
they talk, cough or sneeze.Germs carried in large droplets fall to the ground within a metre of the infected person (e.g. the chickenpox virus) but other germs can travel further in tiny airborne particles (e.g. flu
viruses). Some germs can also spread through the air on skin scales shed from our bodies.
Consumption – Gastrointestinal infections (tummy upsets) can arise from consuming
contaminated food or water, or when germs are carried to the mouth on unwashed hands (the
Indirect contact – Infections can spread by touching a surface contaminated with germs (e.g.
from blood, faeces, respiratory secretions, raw food or skin scales) and then touching the
eyes, nose, mouth or a wound. The surfaces commonly involved are hand and food-contact
surfaces, and cleaning utensils. Although germs will eventually die on a dry surface, many
species can survive on surfaces long enough to pose a risk of infection (e.g. flu viruses can
survive on hard surfaces for up to 3 days).
Vehicles and vectors – Some animals act as vehicles of infection (e.g. flies and rodents can
deposit germs in our food). Others act as vectors (e.g. ticks or mosquitoes) which spread
infections by biting us.
The products we recommend
Another purpose of promoting good hygiene is to educate children, students and staff on
efficient hygiene practices. Whilst this may start in the home, it continues into the nursery,
school and beyond.
Here at Hydrus we recommend our ready to use formula for best application methods when
disinfecting in nurseries, schools and educational facilities. Our ready to use formula requires
no dilution creating quick and efficient disinfection application. Our ready to use formula
comes in a variety of products; 100ml handy bottles, 750ml multioption spray bottles, 5ltr,
25ltr and handy large sized wipes.