Appendix 5 - Disinfection equipment and procedures

SIM 01/2010/02


1. Inspectors and visiting staff will be supplied on personal issue with the following:

2. The disinfectant supplied to inspectors will be a suitable product as detailed on DEFRA's list of approved disinfectants.

Safe storage/transportation of disinfectants

3. Concentrated disinfectants should be handled and stored in accordance with manufacturer's instruction. Generally this means in leak proof containers in a cool dry place away from direct sunlight and segregated from other substances.

4. Only sufficient disinfectant for the day's work should be carried.

5. Liquid concentrates (if supplied) should be transported in robust containers with tightly fitting leak proof lids, and be correctly labelled. The container should have its top securely screwed on and be placed in a plastic bucket or similar to safeguard against spillage whilst in the vehicle.

6. Disinfectant sachets or tablets (if supplied) should be carried in a rigid, correctly labelled, tightly closed crush-proof container.

7. Ensure that disinfectant is stored safely and is not accessible to children etc.

Safe use of disinfectant – mixing and use

8. When mixing disinfectants, inspectors should:

9. When using disinfectants, inspectors should:

First aid measures

10. In the case of skin contact, wash immediately with soap and plenty of water. Seek medical advice if irritation persists.

11. In case of contact with eyes, including any splashes, rinse immediately with plenty of water and seek medical advice. 

12. There is a risk that frequent skin contact with certain disinfectants could lead to contact dermatitis. The higher strength concentrations used for disinfecting boots etc. should not be allowed to come into contact with skin and must notbe used for hand washing. Liquid soap should normally be used for hand washing purposes and dilute disinfectant solution should not be used unless specifically indicated that it is safe to do so.

13. If skin irritation or any other symptoms appear after using the disinfectant then do not use it again and seek medical advice from a doctor. You should also report the problem to your line manager using form IH1. Further information is available on the Intranet.

Updated 2022-08-16