• Global Handwashing Day 2013

    Global Handwashing Day is celebrated around the world each year on 15th October and aims to raise awareness about the benefits of handwashing with soap. The theme for 2013 is “The Power is in Your Hands!”, as everyone has the power to create healthier communities through handwashing with soap.

    e-Bug has a number of resources and lesson plans which can be used on Global handwashing day. Please follow the links below to download the e-Bug resources:

    Junior Hand Hygiene lesson plans
    Senior Hand Hygiene lesson plans

    The following poster demonstrates the six steps of handwashing.

    6 Steps of Handwashing Poster (MS Word)
    6 Steps of Handwashing (MS PowerPoint)

    e-Bug also has a Horrid Hand road show stand. See a video of the hand hygiene activity here:

    In 2012, e-Bug in collaboration with Schools Council UK broke a Guinness World Record for the largest simultaneous hand hygiene lesson plan at multiple venues, which took place on Global Handwashing Day. Read more about this challenge here.

  • Hand Hygiene Challenge 2012

    On Monday 15th October 2012, we broke a Guinness World Record in UK schools

    On Global Handwashing Day, 15th October 2012, schools across the country joined together in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest simultaneous hand hygiene lesson plan at multiple venues. This challenge was led by the Public Health England’s e-Bug team in collaboration with School Councils UK. We are delighted that we successfully broke the Guinness World Record!

    Well done to all the schools who took part!

    Some of the schools registered for Guinness World Record attempt


    Materials for the day

    The lesson plan that was used to break the Guinness World Record can be downloaded here.

    The Lesson Plan

    Lesson plan
    Hand hygiene poster
    Handwashing video
    6 steps of Hand washing
    Timeline of events
  • Other links you might be interested in

    See below for links to other websites of interest

    Public Health England

    School Councils UK

    Global Handwashing Day Coalition

    International scientific forum on home hygiene (IFH)


Hand Hygiene News

How will you celebrate Global Handwashing Day on 15th Oct?

30 September 2013

Well done to all the schools who took part in the Hand Hygiene challenge!

15 October 2012



Proud supporters

School Councils UK
School Councils UK
Global Handwashing Day
Global Handwashing Day
e-Bug Team UK