Introduction

The COVID-19 experience has made us all acutely aware of the need for enhanced infection control in both the organisations in which we work and those we visit. How well organisations respond to the challenge of making their environments COVID-19 secure will directly impact upon the perceptions both employees and customers have of them.

Making your organisation COVID-19 secure, or secure from workplace infection more generally, means that you must put into place measures which prevent the spread of harmful viruses and bacteria from both direct contact, one person to another, and indirectly, from contact with hard surfaces on which they are present.

This guide presents both guidance and advice and the products you need to help make your organisation secure from workplace infection and ensure that employees and customers alike form favourable impressions of you.

Products to help prevent direct transmission

Handwashing

Hand soaps

Regularly and thoroughly washing your hands remains the number one defence against COVID-19. Employees should be encouraged to frequently wash their hands, at least 20 seconds each time, and especially after visiting the washroom, after blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing and before eating.

With increased washroom activity in your workplace, you should ensure you have a sufficient supply of hand soap on hand. You should also consider how this is best dispensed.

Small workplaces

For smaller workplaces, with only one or two washrooms, typically a toilet with washbasin in the same room, and where there is only minimal use, simple hand pump soaps standing on the washbasin may be adequate. If so, we recommend:

213-300ml
213-300ML
Clover Bio-Dox Anti Bac Soap
6 x 300ml

A01318
A01318
Highland Milk & Honey Hand Wash
6 x 300ml

Where there is a heavier footfall, or there is the possibility that free standing hand pumps may be removed, a bulkfill soap solution may be appropriate. In these cases, we recommend:

1772-01
1772-01
Hygiene Pearlised Soap
1 x 5L

NW1323
NW1323
Clean & Clever Pink Pearl
1 x 5L

Larger workplaces

For the majority of workplaces, and certainly organisations with several washrooms, you should consider fully controlled, dispensing soap systems. These have the advantage of offering far superior cost in use and are generally more hygienic to use.

CLR800ML
CLR800ML
Deb Refresh Clear Foam Wash
6 x 800ml

Hand sanitisers

After washing your hands, it is good practice to apply hand sanitiser for extra protection. It is also essential that you keep your hands regularly sanitised when no water is available.

If you have regular visitors to your workplace, you should encourage them to use sanitiser before they enter. Placing a visible and easily accessed sanitiser station at the entrance to your building is advised.

To help with easy access to sanitiser in the workplace, sanitiser stations should be installed in key locations, for example:

  • Personal sanitiser hand pump bottle on the desktop and in delivery vehicles
  • Sanitiser dispenser stations at all main entrances to buildings and by doors where there is heavy footfall

There are two varieties of sanitiser, the traditional alcohol and the newer, less common non-alcohol based. When used properly, both are effective in killing bacteria and virus on hands.

Non-alcohol based sanitisers are generally kinder to hands and prevent the chaffing of skin common with frequent use of alcohol based sanitisers.

Mobile and desktop solutions

100mlhandsanitiser
SANI-100ML
Alcohol Hand Sanitiser
1 x 100ml

HFR0050-B2035-1
HFR0050 – B2035
Invirtu Pocket Size Non-Alcohol Pump Bottles
30 x 50ml

For use on the desktop pump hand sanitisers are most appropriate, we suggest:

SAN250
SAN250
Hand Sanitiser 70% Alcohol
35 x 250ml

SAN500
SAN500
Hand Sanitiser 70% Alcohol
18 x 500ml

GJ9664-12-EEU
GJ9664-12-EEU
PURELL Adv Hygienic Hand Rub
12 x 500ml

Bulkfill solutions

In relatively small workplaces with limited footfall, bulkfill sanitisers are available, including:

HFR0005-B2035
IHFD001R
HFR0005-B2035
Invirtu Bulk Fill Non-Alcohol Hand Sanitiser
1 x 5L 
and IHFD001R Dispenser

Dispensed solutions

In larger environments, with heavy footfall, we recommend that fully controlled, dispensing sanitiser systems are used. The following recommendations offer both effective solutions and good cost in use:

HFR0800-B2035-1
HFD001P-1
HFR0800-B2035
Invirtu Non-Alcohol Hand Sanitiser pouches
6 x 800ml
and HFD001P Dispenser

Paper hand towels

Research suggests that hot air is a significantly less hygienic method of hand drying than using a paper hand towel and can also spread up to 10 times more bacteria and viruses into the environment.

If, as part of your plan to create a more COVID-19 secure environment, you want to change to paper hand towels, or are considering this as a possibility, we have a wide range of dispensing and towel options to suit all budgets and which generate cost in use savings sufficient to pay for the initial investment in hand towel dispensers.

For a good value option choose:

90168
90168FOL
Katrin Hand Towel Dispenser White
 

35298
35298
Katrin Classic Hand Towels White 2ply
1 x 4000

Where an enhanced user experience is required we would suggest:

90168
90168FOL
Katrin Hand Towel Dispenser White
 

34402
34402
Katrin One Stop L3 Hand Towel White 3ply
1 x 1890

For areas with a high footfall our recommendation would be:

55.25.00
55.25.00
Tork Peakserve Dispenser White
 

10.05.85 01-1
10.05.85
Tork Peakserve Continuous Hand Towel White
1 x 4920

Hand tissues

As well as access to sanitiser products, you may also wish to supply your employees with facial tissues to contain the spread of infection from sneezing and coughing. Good value for money options here would be:

FF0112CO
FF0112CO
Whisper Mansize Tissues 2ply
24 x 100 tissues

TIS1120
TIS1120
Cloudsoft facial Tissue 2ply
36 x 100 tissues

Personal Protective Equipment

For direct personal protection, and when regularly sanitising your working environment, it is important to work in a safe manner, following your organisation’s COSHH standards. We list here a range of PPE products designed to give you full protection.

Eye Protection

BBBS-2
BBBS
B Brand Boston Spectacle
Each

8E30U
8E30U
Supertouch Unvented Safety Goggles
Each

Face Masks

For medical grade protection in those instances when it is difficult to observe strict social distancing we recommend:

mask
J31003
IIR Medical Face Mask 3ply
1 x 20 masks

For a budget option, where a lower level of protection is sufficient, such as for outdoor use, then choose:

FACEMASK-3-C
FACEMASK-3-C
3ply Disposable Face Mask
1 x 50 masks

Hand Protection

GR03BL
GR03BLM
Household Rubber Gloves Blue Medium
1 pair

Body Protection

17682
17682-M
Hooded Splash Proof Coverall Orange Medium
Each

17682
17683-L
Hooded Splash Proof Coverall Orange Large
Each

Foot Protection

DOSB16
DOSB16
Disposable Overshoe 16" Blue
1000 Pairs

Products to help prevent indirect transmission

Hard surface disinfection

It is important to ensure that all hard surfaces are regularly cleaned and sanitised, particularly the hotspot areas for infection concentrations such as doors and door handles; desk and working surfaces; items on the desktop such as telephone handsets, computer keyboard and mouse; control buttons on office machines; and dispensers and appliances in staff kitchen, canteen and communal areas.

Hard surface sanitiser

If you require a ready to use hard surface sanitiser, we suggest

SLR0750-L002A
SLR0750-L002A
Byrotrol 4 in 1 RTU Trigger
6 x 750ml

7562-14
7562-14
Spray & Wipe Cleaner/Sanitiser
6 x 750ml

For users of concentrate products, who wish to make up solutions for mopping, pelican pump or trigger bottle application, we recommend:

SC0665L
SC0665L
Selgiene Ultra Virucidal Cleaner
1 x 5L

11082-1
11082
Byrotrol 4 in 1
1 x 5L

202
202
Clover Wild Lemon Fresh
1 x 5L

For ease and convenience, some customers may wish to use sanitiser wipes for small or difficult to reach areas; our recommendations include:

wipes
GENL.01
Detox Anti Bac Disinfectant Wipes
1 x 80

7200
7200
Premier Antibac Surface Wipe
1 x 160

PDXP00285
PDXP00285
PDI Sani-Cloth Alcohol Surface Wipes
1 x 200

Door handle cover protection

Door handles are well known infection hotspots in the workplace. Purehold door cover products provide lasting protection against infection.

PH-LV-001
PH-LV-001
Purehold Lever Antibacterial Door Handle Cover*
Each
*Subject to minimum order of 4   

PH-PULL-BK
PH-PULL-BK
Purehold Pull Antibacterial Door Handle Cover
Each
  *subject to minimum order of 4

Janitorial products

In addition to the sanitising hard surface cleaner, you will also need to apply the sanitiser or disinfectant using appropriate equipment.

Cloths

For all surfaces other than floor surfaces, such as tables, desks, kitchen counter tops, a hard wearing cloth will be sufficient; here we would recommend yellow (to denote infection control) colour coded cloths:

NW57377
NW57377
Clean & Clever
 Medium Weight Cloth Yellow
1 x 50

NW57377
NW57382
 Clean & Clever
 Heavy Weight Cloth Yellow
6 x 25

Mops and buckets

For effective application of sanitising chemicals to hard floor surfaces, you should use a mop and bucket system. Again, we recommend yellow colour coding to denote that they are being used for infection control.

WQ12YE
WQ12YE
Exel Mop Bucket & Wringer Yellow 14L
Each

Mops that can be used with this bucket and wringer include:

NW67620
NW67620
Exel Handle Yellow
Each

PYYE2005O
PYYE2005O
 Exel Yarn 200G Mop Yellow Ferrule
Each

PSYE1205O
PSYE1205O
Big White Exel Mop Head No12 Yellow
Each

Laundry bags

Where you have an on-site laundry, we recommend that you use dissolving laundry bags to collect together items which may have been exposed to contamination, and then place the bag together with the contents directly into your washing machine.

DISSOLVO
DISSOLVO
Dissolving Red Laundry Bags
1 x 200

Social Distancing Signage

01LMSA50
01LMSA50
Social Distancing Tape 50mm x 33m
Each

104366
104366
Please Keep Your Distance Floor Sign
Each