Reduce your risk from Coronovirus
Before you can decide what cleaning is suitable for your situation, you’ll need to carry out a Risk Assessment to help you manage risk and decide how best to work safely and protect people during coronavirus.
Clean to reduce risk from coronavirus
Identify frequently touched surfaces
- work surfaces like desks, platforms and workstations
- handles on doors, windows, rails, dispensers and water coolers
- common areas like toilets, reception, changing rooms, corridors and lifts
- vehicle handles, steering wheel, seat belts and internal surfaces
- control panels for machinery, control pads and switches
- computer keyboards, printers, touch screens, monitors and phones
- taps, kettles, water heaters, fridges, microwaves and cupboards
- shared equipment like tools, machines, vehicles, pallet trucks and delivery boxes
- post and goods coming in or being shopped out
Some organisations may decide to have full-time cleaning teams. Smaller organisations may need fewer cleaning staff. Other workers can also play a part. You should determine what is needed for your business based on your risk assessment.
Provide cleaning staff with their usual personal protection equipment (PPE) for cleaning where this is necessary. Additional PPE to protect against COVID-19 is not required.
Cleaners should maintain social distancing while cleaning and wash their hands with soap and water when they finish work. You should provide hand sanitiser when washing facilities aren’t close by.
More information on how to wash your hands is available from NHS.uk
Ensure cleaning staff receive good instructions and understand the importance of carrying out thorough cleaning properly.
Keeping people informed about any changes to cleaning, and the reasons for it, reduces the chance of uncooperative staff. It may also reassure your workers that you are doing what you can to keep them safe. The government has guidance specific to 8 different types of workplaces to help employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely during the coronavirus outbreak. Each guide includes a section on cleaning.
The government has guidance specific to 8 different types of workplaces to help employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely during the coronavirus outbreak. Each guide includes a section on cleaning.