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Cleaning roundup: A look at school hygiene protocols around the world

Posted on: Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

New school cleaning methods have been introduced in Germany, it has been revealed.

The guidelines for school cleaning are set out as part of the DIN (Deutsche Industrie Norm ~ German Industry Standards), which translates into ‘Cleaning services for school premises’.

It is a set of regulations that have been in existence for ten years now, and has recently been updated to redefine school cleaning standards.

DIN serves as a guideline that provides cleaning services that comply with legal, environmental and hygiene demands.

In the new standards, there is a greater focus on more comprehensive directives that consider the perspectives of all involved parties like suppliers, representatives of municipalities, research institutes, accident insurances, unions and other organisations.

According to a report published in the European Cleaning Journal, the DIN has also set out the ‘contractual, environmental conscious and hygienic cleaning’ standards.

These place the onus on the supplier to ensure their internal activities, contractual services, define, procedures, frequency of cleaning and methods adhere to strict protocols.

The directives  take into account all of the specific school-related factors that affect the cleaning requirements in such institutions.

These new rules in the DIN are aimed at ensuring that the potential flaws of school cleaning are detected and addressed.

US college students

Many college students in the US are failing to clean their hands effectively, according to new findings.

A study by the University of Findlay in Ohio analysed the link between hand hygiene and illness.

As part of the study, researcher Xu Lu swabbed the hands of 224 student volunteers three times.

This was done at three different times: before they washed their hands, after they washed their hands and then again after their hands were washed according to the guidelines set out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Over half (58 per cent) of those surveyed were found to have been colonised by so many microbes at the start of the study that researchers were unable to make an accurate count. 

This was greatly reduced when the students followed CDC guidelines.

Around a quarter (25 per cent) of the volunteers claimed to be already ill when the study began.

When they washed their hands in a normal way, no discernible difference was noticed in the germ count on their hands.

However, when they washed their hands according to CDC regulations, a noticeable reduction in germs was noted.

According to the analysis, campuses are among the most high-risk places when it comes to the spread of germs and bacteria.

The report said that one way to reduce the bugs that spread among students is to educate students about proper handwashing protocol.