Germ Hot Spots

Hand hygiene is crucial to students’ success in – and out – of the classroom, and PURELL® products are proven to deliver positive health outcomes. Illness causes 144 million lost school days each year[1], but research shows that when combined with a curriculum to teach students about good hand hygiene, PURELL® products are proven to reduce absenteeism by 51%[2].

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Everyone gets thirsty, but not everyone washes their hands before using the fountain. And with all those hands touching the handle, it’s a perfect place for germs to hide. Encourage everyone to wash their hands before or after using the drinking fountain, and help keep the fountain germ-free with a safe, effective surface disinfectant.


These high-traffic places collect germs from everywhere, and can pass them on to everyone who touches them. Keeping these frequently touched areas clean and encouraging students and faculty to wash their hands throughout the day can help reduce the spread of germs from these commonly used items.



Classroom electronics are used by a large number of students throughout the day, and can be a gathering place for germs. Be sure students are washing and sanitizing their hands before using these devices, to help ensure that germs are minimized before each use.


Good hand hygiene, along with a proven, trusted surface disinfectant are essential for reducing the spread of germs on gym equipment. These high-traffic areas are a breeding ground for germs, and taking care of the equipment – and the hands touching it – can help students get the most out of their day.



Students spend most of their school day in the classroom, and whatever germs get brought in each day can spread quickly. Encouraging hand hygiene and providing hand sanitizer for students can help limit the spread of germs, and keep students healthier and at their best.


The combination of germs coming from home and a large common area make the cafeteria a great place for germs to hide out. Teaching students about the importance of hand hygiene – especially around meal times – can go a long way toward preventing the spread of germs.

1. Benson V and Marano MA. 1998 National Center for Health Statistics. Vital and Health Statistics. Current Estimates from the National Health Interview Survey, 1995. Series 10, No 199. Page 62

2. Guinan, M., M. McGuckin, and Y. Ali. 2002. The effect of a comprehensive hand washing program on absenteeism in elementary schools. American Journal of Infection Control 31: 1-8.