DISINFACTS | Issue 2/2021

FORUM 4 Hygiene is now an issue for society as a whole An everyday task for everyone! The experience gained at this prominent location will be transferable to many venues: they can set an example for the future. Hygiene at home and in everyday life The International Scientific Forum on Home Hygiene (IFH) has also taken into account the increased importance of hygiene measures in non-medical environments in the course of the pandemic: Hygiene at home and in everyday life – in the area of "HEDL" (homes and everyday lives) – played a decisive role in containing the Coronavirus pandemic, according to a white paper published by the professional organisation in July [1]. And this HEDL hygiene, considered less important in the past, is of paramount importance in combating future pandemics and the spread of multidrug resistant pathogens. This requires management approaches adapted to the respective circumstances with pragmatic, implementable solutions. The key word here is "targeted hygiene". According to the IFH, the prerequisite for this must be, among other things, the willingness to invest in measures to change hygiene behaviour and to "educate" the public with clear and consistent statements. Education and well-founded knowledge A lot of education is still needed until hygiene becomes a natural part of many. According to a survey published in the same paper in 23 European countries, many people do not know what exactly "hygiene" is and how it differs from "cleanliness". On the occasion of this year‘s "World Hand Hygiene Day", we at HARTMANN SCIENCE CENTER have, for example, developed an information leaflet that clearly explains to laypersons in which everyday situations disinfecting hands is useful and in which ones washing hands with soap is sufficient [2]. Materials like this one – downloadable and easy to reproduce – help many people on their way to the new post-Coronavirus normality with its ubiquitous hygiene requirements. The Coronavirus pandemic has made hygiene a topic that interests (as it should!) many: sports and concert promoters, theatres, discotheques, restaurants, nightclubs, schools and day- care centres. They all now need a hygiene concept. The most visible sign of the requirements for infection prevention now set by politics and society: in the toilet areas of many venues and public facilities one can find not only soap dispensers but also, increasingly – as in hospitals and medical facilities – disinfectant dispensers. An example of the extended scope of work of hygiene professionals: Since the start of the current football season, HARTMANN has been the official hygiene partner of the Allianz Arena in Munich. The stadium of Germany‘s largest football club, which seats more than 70,000 people, was completely equipped with Sterillium ® disinfectant dispensers to ensure a safe and hygienic visit to the arena for all spectators. And the dispensers are just the beginning: together with HARTMANN, the arena management is continuously working on a holistic hygiene concept that will offer fans the highest level of safety and hygiene when visiting the stadium. Out of the niche: The COVID-19 pandemic has made hygiene a high priority in non-medical environments. It is now a challenge to anchor the principles of infection prevention in the public consciousness. The IFH white paper as PDF. Click here to download: ifh-homehygiene.org/review/developing-and- promoting-home-and-everyday-life-hygiene- meet-21st-century-needs-what-can-we Hygiene knowledge for everyday life: PDF Hand washing vs. hand disinfection: bode-science-center.com/fileadmin/user_ upload/download-en/2021-Poster-Hand- Washing-Day.pdf Bernhard Graf, Vice President Marketing of Paul Hartmann Germany and Jürgen Muth, Managing Director of the Allianz Arena.