This accessibility statement applies to the UK version of the Germ Defence website (

This website is run by the University of Southampton. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, that means you should be able to:

  • View the website on different screen sizes
  • Choose to view the handwashing demonstration video with or without audio description
  • Zoom in up to 300% without the text spilling off the screen
  • Navigate the website using just a keyboard
  • Navigate the website using speech recognition software
  • Listen to the website using a screen reader (including the most recent versions of JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver)

We’ve also made the website text as simple as possible to understand.

AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.

How accessible this website is

This website should be fully accessible to all users, including those using keyboard navigation, screen readers and voice-to-text technology.

For those that require a brief summary of the most important information provided by Germ Defence, a 2 page summary can be accessed online using this Link To The Online Summary OR downloaded as a PDF by Clicking Here to Download PDF Summary.

We have also made Germ Defence available in a range of other languages, which can be reached from Please be aware that we cannot guarantee the accessibility of these translated websites.

Feedback and contact information

If you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille:


We’ll consider your request and get back to you in 7 days (or less).

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, contact us at

Enforcement procedure

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 (the ‘accessibility regulations’). If you’re not happy with how we respond to your complaint, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

Germ Defence (University of Southampton) is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

Compliance status

This website is fully compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 31st August 2020. It was last reviewed on 4th September 2020.

This website was last tested on 1st September 2020. The test was carried out by the Germ Defence team.

All website pages were tested using the Google Lighthouse Accessibility Tool, with all pages achieving a score of 100. In addition to this the website was checked against the WCAG AA checklist compiled Yale University (available HERE) to ensure that all criteria were met.

You can click here to read the full accessibility test report.