6. Cleaning staff

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 COVID risk assessment.

Provide cleaning staff with their usual personal protection equipment (PPE) for cleaning where this is necessary.

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.

Ensure cleaning staff receive good instructions and understand the importance of carrying out thorough cleaning properly.

Talk to your workers and provide information

Talk to all your workers and encourage them to co-operate with cleaners. They can make sure that surfaces are left clear at the end of the day so that deep cleaning can be done more effectively. Papers or items left on surfaces might make cleaning less effective.

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.

You could use posters to inform people that regular cleaning will take place and that they should co-operate with cleaners.

Where you expect users to clean equipment after use as part of your cleaning regime, posters can help to remind people of their responsibilities.

Further guidance on GOV.UK

There is specific guidance on different types of workplaces to help employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely during the pandemic. Each guide includes a section on cleaning.

Page last reviewed: 1 December 2020

Next review due: 31 December 2020

Updated 2020-10-05