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Infection control in sport

You must refer to the Requirements for All Sport and Physical Activity to understand your overall compliance responsibilities. The information below is additional only.


All participants with prior evidence of infectious diseases are strongly advised to obtain confidential advice and clearance from a doctor prior to participation


Staff and students often participate as game officials. To prevent possible cross-infection in the use of whistles supplied by the school, the school should ensure that the following cleaning procedures are adhered to:

  • Wash and scrub all accessible parts with warm soapy water.
  • Rinse with fresh running water.
  • Soak in a solution of 70% alcoholic chlorhexidine for at least two minutes.
  • Dry all parts.
  • Whistles should be frequently inspected for cracks which may make thorough cleaning impossible. Discard if cracks appear.

Team areas

Dressing rooms should be clean and tidy.

Particular attention should be paid to hand basins, toilets and showers. Adequate soap, paper, hand towels, brooms, refuse disposal bins and disinfectants must be available at all times.

Routine washing procedures using hot water and detergents are adequate for decontamination of most laundry items.

Contamination linen, soiled with blood or body substances should be transported in a leak proof plastic bag to the laundry site simply to contain the body fluid and stop it spreading to the other laundry items.

Contaminated linen does not need to be segregated in the hot detergent wash.