Cleaning, hygiene and handwashing to reduce coronavirus (COVID-19) transmission

Removal of most coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions

This page is up to date following the removal of most restrictions in England. There are different regulations and guidance to follow for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The latest advice on keeping workplaces safe will help you assess the risks and continue to reduce COVID-19 transmission. This includes links to information on vaccination, as well as on testing, tracking and tracing (including where variants are spreading).

4. Bathrooms, toilets and washbasins

When completing your risk assessment, review the provisions you have in place to make sure they allow people (including visiting workers) to wash their hands frequently. Consider whether you need to provide any additional washing facilities.

To protect people when using existing washing facilities, you should:

  • keep the facilities well ventilated, for example by opening windows and vents, where possible and making sure any mechanical ventilation systems are working effectively
  • decide how and when to clean bathrooms, toilet and handwashing facilities
  • provide running water and soap
  • decide who will replenish soap, paper towels and hand sanitiser
  • provide hand drying facilities – paper towels, continuous roller towels or electrical dryers
  • consider using signs and posters to increase awareness of good handwashing technique

Find out more

We have separate advice on working safely and control measures to consider as part of your risk assessment.

We review and update this page regularly to reflect any changes in guidance.

Page last reviewed: 30 September 2021

Next review due: 31 October 2021

Updated 2021-09-01