Farm visits – why hand washing for children is crucial

Portable hot water hand wash basins for children

Mobile sinks provide effective on-site hand washing for kids

Recommendations to reduce disease transmission from animals in public settings, such as farm visits have been provided by the Centres for Disease Transmission (CDC).

The CDC are “Collaborating to create the expertise, information, and tools that people and communities need to protect their health – through health promotion, prevention of disease, injury and disability, and preparedness for new health threats.”

The CDC advise in the strongest possible terms that “Hand washing is the most important prevention step for reducing disease transmission associated with animals in public settings. Hands should always be washed when exiting animal areas, after removing soiled clothing or shoes, and before eating or drinking. Venue staff members should encourage hand washing as persons exit animal areas.”

Advice about hand washing facilities and stations

The CDS’s advice continues “Hand-washing facilities or stations should be accessible, sufficient for the maximum anticipated attendance, and accessible by children (i.e., low enough for children to reach or equipped with a stool), adults, and persons with disabilities.”

The CDC also emphasise the importance of hands-free operation. “Hand-washing stations should be designed so that both hands are free for hand washing by having operation with a foot pedal or water that stays on after hand faucets are turned on.”

Teal mobile sinks and basins for younger children

A TEAL mobile sink can ensure that children can have access to a warm water hand wash – even where they are enjoying outside activities! The TEAL KiddiWash, KiddiSynk and PinkiWash ranges are designed especially for smaller hands – and they make hand washing educational and fun.

Perfect for nurseries, creches, pre-school, outside play areas and children’s pet farms, TEAL warm water hand wash units are robust, easy to use and easy to clean.