A selection of schools in the North West are testing out Surfaceskins: a revolutionary new technology that fights cross-contamination and aims to improve hand hygiene among pupils.

With studies showing 80% of infections are transmitted by hands, the special needs school, high school and two primary schools in Wigan have implemented Surfaceskins on a trial basis to see if it boosts hand hygiene and reduces absenteeism.

The school's employer needs to implement a Safety Management System (SMS) which effectively controls the risks associated with its work activities. Successful implementation of the SMS will not only make it less likely that someone will be hurt, but also reduce the likelihood of criminal or civil litigation. At the heart of any SMS is the Health and Safety Policy. This should provide direction on the health and safety aims of the organisation, who is responsible for undertaking tasks and how they are to be completed.