In conjunction with Global Handwashing Day 2017 (October 15), hygiene expert Initial highlighted the importance of hand hygiene to Irish adults and children. 

Washing hands correctly with soap can significantly reduce the risk of spreading germs and bacteria.

Recent research shows that 30% of people do not wash their hands after going to the toilet, with more than 50% not using soap, and 60% spending less than 10 seconds washing their hands.

Initial strongly advises the public to wash their hands with soap and water for approximately 30 seconds.

As winter approaches, the prime time for cold, flus and other infections, the hygiene company is offering a free education toolkit to help schools provide safe and hygienic learning environments for staff, students and visitors.