Hygiene

At PEAK, our priority is the safety of our community— including Coaches, All-stars and Athletes

Why practice good hygiene?

We all have a big role to play in infection prevention and control. Good personal hygiene habits make it less likely for infections to spread

What are PEAK doing daily?

Athlete areas

  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces with detergent and disinfectant wipe/solution between each episode of athlete care 
  • Taking care to clean/disinfect surfaces in areas that athletes have been directly in contact with or have been exposed to respiratory droplets
  • Cleaning and disinfecting equipment after each use
  • Complying with ‘5 Moments’ of hand hygiene.

Non-athlete areas

  • Performing routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces with detergent/disinfectant solution/wipe at least daily or when visibly dirty 
  • Cleaning floors, doors and other surfaces with a detergent solution

What can you do?

  • Stay at home or consult your doctor if you are feeling unwell
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with your elbow or a tissue
  • Dispose of tissues in the bin
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitisers
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Clean and disinfect frequently used surfaces
  • Clean and disinfect frequently used objects such as mobile phones and keys

Hand hygiene:

Hand hygiene is the most simple and effective way to reduce the spread of infection. With the current situation surrounding COVID-19, it is extremely important that we practice good hand hygiene to prevent viral transmission.
When performed correctly, proper hand hygiene results in a significant reduction of pathogens (harmful organisms) on our hands
COVID-19 has been shown to survive on common surfaces such as plastic and steel for many hours, which is why face-masks alone are not enough to stop the spread of the virus

When to practice hand hygiene

For the reasons listed above, it is imperative that proper hand hygiene measures are observed at the appropriate times:

  • Before, during and after preparing food
  • Before eating food
  • After coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose
  • After going to the toilet
  • After touching garbage
  • After touching pets or other animals 
  • Before and after taking care of the sick or elderly
  • After smoking
  • When your hands are visibly dirty
  • After touching common surfaces such as shopping trolleys, money, mobile phones and handrails

How to practice hand hygiene

Washing your hands sounds relatively straightforward, however, most people don’t wash their hands with the proper technique for nearly as long as what’s required to effectively remove germs.

Soap and water vs alcohol sanitisers

You may be surprised that using soap and water is actually more effective than alcohol based hand sanitisers at removing viruses such as COVID-19. This is because viruses are made up of a fatty (lipid) outer layer that soap can dissolve and in effect, deactivate the virus. Where there is no soap and water available, hand sanitisers containing a minimum of 60% alcohol can be used.

Coughing and Sneezing

What are airborne diseases and how are they transmitted?

Airborne diseases such as COVID-19, influenza, and tuberculosis can be spread when infected carriers cough, sneeze or even talk. These bacteria or viruses travel in the air and can be transmitted to others by either:

  • Inhalation- where other people breathe in airborne particles
  • Surface contact- where the airborne particles land on surfaces, which are then touched by other people

Airborne diseases are highly contagious and hard to control for this reason. Therefore, proper safety measures such as social distancing, coughing and sneezing etiquette are important ways you can protect yourself and prevent the spread of diseases

Coughing and sneezing etiquette

Always cough or sneeze into a tissue then immediately discard the tissue into the bin

  • After coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose, always wash and dry your hands before touching anything else
  • Where you are unable to use a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow and not your hands
  • Turn away from other people when coughing and sneezing
  • If you have the cold or flu, or are prone to sneezing and coughing, avoid going to public places if possible and wear a mask
  • Avoid using a hanky as this can be a breeding ground for germs
  • Try to stay a distance (at least 1.5m in the case of COVID-19) from other people that are coughing or sneezing