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Glasgow Schools make World Record Attempt to Promote Hygiene

Car Hire Glasgow Airport a hopeful of the record attempt made by a number of schools in the area, resulting in success.

A record attempt has been made by thousands of Glasgow school children in an attempt to support the significance of hand hygiene. There were 62 schools involved, with around 5,400 pupils who took part in a simultaneous hand hygiene lesson, to try and smash the pervious record held by the Health Protection Agency in England, which featured 2,147 pupils from 21 schools.

Professor Tracey Howe, deputy chairman of Glasgow City of Science, said “I am absolutely thrilled with the response to our world record attempt. However, the most gratifying aspect is that so many children across the city now have a better understanding of the importance of good hand hygiene.”

Organised by Glasgow City of Science, Glasgow Caledonian University, NHS Scotland, Health Protection Scotland and Glasgow Science Centre, the event came about after an appeal for knitting and crochet enthusiasts to help create hundreds of woolly bugs to represent infections such as flu and salmonella for use in the lessons.

The lessons lasted for 40 minutes and in order for the record attempt to succeed, organisers had to provide two independent witnesses at each school taking part, two time keepers and one steward per fifty participants. Pupils were also given the task of filming the simultaneous lessons, with will take up to six weeks to verify whether a record has been set.