Health and Safety Executive

Cleaning your workplace to reduce risk from coronavirus (COVID-19)

As an employer, you must protect people from harm. This includes taking reasonable steps to protect your workers and others from coronavirus.

Coronavirus can transfer from people to surfaces. It can be passed on to others who touch the same surfaces. Keeping your workplace clean reduces the potential for coronavirus to spread and is a critical part of making and keeping your business 'COVID-secure'.

This guidance will help you to clean your workplace to reduce risk. You may need to increase how often and how thoroughly you normally clean, as well as cleaning surfaces that you do not normally clean.

If you are cleaning because of a known or suspected case of COVID-19 in your workplace you should follow the guidance COVID-19: cleaning in non-healthcare settings on GOV.UK

Risk assessment

Before you can decide what cleaning is suitable for your situation, you'll need to do a risk assessment [2] to help you manage risk and decide how best to work safely and protect people during coronavirus [3]

Clean to reduce risk from coronavirus

Your risk assessment will help you to identify what your cleaning regime will look like, but there are some general things that you should consider.

Identify frequently touched surfaces

Doors, bannisters, buttons and anything that is frequently touched, especially if it's touched by lots of people, will need more regular cleaning than normal. Examples of frequently touched objects include:

work surfaces like desks, platforms and workstations

Put in place measures to clean surfaces and objects after each use where possible, for example phones and conferencing facilities in a meeting room. If it's not practical to clean after each use, for example lift buttons that are used continuously throughout the day, make sure they are cleaned often.

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