2. Handwashing and using hand sanitiser

Use signs and posters to help your workers practice good handwashing technique and to remind them to catch coughs and sneezes in a tissue or arm and avoid touching their faces.

Provide:

  • handwashing facilities with running water, soap and paper towels or hand dryers
  • hand sanitiser at locations in addition to washrooms, such as sanitising stations in shops
  • hand sanitiser nearby for people getting in and out of vehicles or handling deliveries, if they are unable to wash their hands

Information on how to wash your hands is available from NHS.UK.

Additional handwashing facilities

When completing your COVID-19 risk assessment, consider if you need to provide additional handwashing facilities so that people can wash their hands frequently.

Consider how often people should wash their hands, depending on where they work and how much contact they have with others.

This will also help you to decide if and where you need to provide additional washing facilities.

If you cannot provide additional handwashing facilities, you may need to provide hand sanitiser instead near to frequently used areas.

When you complete your risk assessment, think about:

  • providing handwashing facilities at entry/exit points so people can wash their hands when they arrive and leave work – if this is not possible, provide hand sanitiser
  • where to have extra handwashing facilities so people can wash their hands frequently
  • making sure your handwashing facilities have running water, soap and paper towels or hand dryers
  • identifying where extra hand sanitiser points are needed in addition to washing facilities

Page last reviewed: 1 December 2020

Next review due: 31 December 2020

Updated 2020-11-02