Cleaning and hygiene

Cleaning and hygiene

The HSE has clear guidance on cleaning and risk reduction. Read through it to help you plan out what cleaning needs to be done both before you open and you’re your services are up and running again.

a) Your building may need to be deep cleaned prior to opening.  Consider whether this can be done by staff/volunteers or whether you need to bring in professional cleaners.

b) Encourage all users of your building to follow the guidance on hand washing and hygiene by washing their hands frequently and thoroughly

c) Where handwashing is not possible, visitors shoud use alcohol-based hand sanitiser (minimum 60% alcohol content).

d) Provide hand sanitiser around the workplace, particularly at entrances/exits.

e) Enhance cleaning for busy areas, and frequently clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are touched regularly.

f) Can you ask staff and tenants to help, e.g. cleaning individual workstations before and after use, keeping communal areas clean after each use?

g) Consider leaving internal doors (not fire doors) open throughout the building to improve ventilation and reduce contact with door handles.

h) When meeting people you do not live with, it is important to do so outdoors where possible, or to make sure that any indoor venue has good ventilation (for example by opening windows so that fresh air can enter).