Routine Infection Control

Routine Infection Control

Schools and Care Centres should practice regular infection control with everyone, whether they appear sick or not. Routine infection control practices help to reduce the chances of an infection spreading from one person to another.

Resources for child care & public health facilities

Visit the Child Care and Residential Care pages of the Facilities Licensing section.

Routine infection control practices

Wash your hands

Hand washing is the best way to prevent the spread of infection. Proper hand washing reduces the spread of colds and influenza by as much as 40 percent!

Use disposable gloves

Use disposable gloves when handling blood or body fluids, cleaning cuts or scrapes or changing a child’s diaper.

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze

If a tissue is not handy, cough or sneeze into your sleeve, not your hand.

Clean and sanitize diaper change areas

between uses.

Keep toilets visibly clean.
Do not share personal items

such as hairbrushes, toothbrushes, towels, face-cloths, sippy cups or hats

Wash laundry using detergent and warm water.

Soiled clothing can be put into a plastic bag. Tie the bag closed. Send the clothes home to be washed.

During disease outbreaks, follow the guidance of public health

about additional steps to take to control the spread of disease.

Separate sick people and children

if possible.

Follow the guidelines

for cleaning and sanitizing.

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