Talking with your workers about preventing coronavirus (COVID-19)

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).

5. Cleaning and sanitising

Cleaning and sanitising routines are essential to help reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).

It will help you think about improvements to make if you talk to your workers about:

  • when to clean
  • where to clean
  • who will clean
  • what frequently touched surfaces you should clean

Reduce the need for cleaning

Reducing people’s contact with surfaces and objects is better than cleaning a surface after someone’s touched it.

Think about how you can change the way you work to reduce how often people need to touch surfaces or objects.

Who will do the cleaning and when?

You may need to increase how often and how thoroughly you clean your workplace. You should also think about cleaning surfaces that you do not normally clean.

Consider if you need:

  • to clean more frequently
  • more supplies of cleaning products
  • sanitiser in areas people can’t wash their hands
  • signs around your workplace to tell people how to keep areas or equipment clean

Questions to ask your workers on cleaning and sanitising

  • What areas do we touch regularly?
    • Think about shared work areas
    • Think about equipment such as vehicles, plant or machinery
    • Think about places we need to visit such as other businesses
  • How can we reduce the need for cleaning or make cleaning easier?
    • Think about which surfaces we can touch less frequently
    • Think about what we can do to make cleaning easier
  • Who will do the cleaning?
    • Think about whether our cleaners can do any extra work that’s needed
    • Think about whether our cleaners need more information or more cleaning products to do their jobs
  • What else can we do to clean our workplace better?
    • What can you do?
    • What can your manager do?
    • What can the company or organisation do?

Find out more

To help answer these questions, read our guidance on cleaning and hygiene.

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

Page last reviewed: 31 August 2021

Next review due: 31 October 2021

Updated 2021-08-31