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International Scientific Forum on Home Hygiene

Home Hygiene & Health

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Developing and promoting Targeted Hygiene in public spaces such as offices, schools, hospitality venues, hospitals

A key issue highlighted by COVID-19 is the importance of public hygiene practices in public spaces. This prompted a growing awareness that, to minimise risks of spread of infection, facility managers are dependent on the public to adopt effective hygiene behaviours in public spaces.  This means not only “cleaning” their facility, but also “enabling public to practice effective Hygiene”.  In turn this means that there is a need to engage and enable the public the understand the importance of adopting effective behaviours in public spaces. This section contains recent studies evaluating the development and application of Targeted Hygiene in public spaces.

Following the COVID-19 pandemic, during which time schools were shut down and eventually re-opened in phases, studies have shown a variety of mid to long-term consequences to the health, education and social development of UK’s students. Teachers and other educational staff also reported experiencing degrees of disruption, anxiety and trauma.

To better understand what happened in UK schools, and create strong recommendations for how such events can be prevented in the future, Arctech Innovation conducted a survey to collate the experiences of headteachers, teachers and classroom assistants across the UK who were tasked with implementing government advice and taking responsibility for COVID-19 health and safety within their own schools and classrooms during the peak of the pandemic.


Targeted Hygiene: A risk-based approach to applying policies and hygiene interventions in public settings and large events: A case study of hygiene interventions at COP26 2021

This is a report of a large-scale intervention that was implemented during the 2020 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow at the height of the COVID pandemic. To avoid a possible outbreak of infection during the conference Reckitt was contracted by Her Majesty’s Government as a Hygiene Partner of COP26 to provide COVID-19 mitigation measures.

The intervention involved developing protocols for decontamination of contact surfaces throughout the venue during the sessions by cleaning operatives, combined with measures to facilitate and motivate delegates to practice effective hand and surface hygiene during the sessions. This was supported by a detailed scientific justification document, developed by research scientists from Reckitt in collaboration with London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need to develop new approaches to hygiene, founded in scientific understanding of modes of transmission and targeted at preventing the spread of infections in public spaces.

The challenge of implementing better hygiene standards includes both:

  • Designing and equipping public spaces with appropriate hygiene infrastructure to facilitate good hygiene practices, including both hand and surface hygiene and minimizing risks from airborne transmission.
  • Educating and informing occupants and the public about what effective hygiene is and how to practice it.

Effective hygiene is not a function of places or surfaces and nor should it be confused with “cleaning” to provide pleasant spaces. Hygiene is about preventing the spread of disease by breaking the chain of infection. Rather than places or surfaces, hygiene should be targeted to toward “moments of risk” – that occur when people move in and around public spaces, interacting with them.

This guideline aims to explain the origin and scientific basis of the 8 Moments for Targeted Hygiene, to provide a simple approach for owners and managers to identify the moments in your facilities and to put in place the right hygiene solutions consisting of both products and awareness raising tools.