If someone at work has been sent home after developing symptoms of COVID-19 you should clean their immediate area with detergent and disinfectant and follow government guidance on What to do if someone develops symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) on site.

Areas to be cleaned include:

  • their desk
  • door handles
  • telephones
  • grab rails the person may have touched

Cleaning materials have been provided in every council location and all employees can use these in these circumstances. Additional stock can be requested from your Area Cleaning Officer.

Public areas where the person has only pass through or spent minimal time in, like corridors, do not need cleaned.

What you will need to clean and disinfect surfaces

You should collect from reception or janitor:

  • disposable gloves
  • disposable apron
  • disposable cloths
  • spray bottle and Quest Plus spray cleaning bottle (or alternative in High schools)

How to clean and disinfect surfaces

  1. Wash hands thoroughly using liquid soap, hot water and dry with paper towels
  2. Make others nearby aware that cleaning will be taking place
  3. Wear a pair of disposable gloves, a disposable apron and use disposable cloths
  4. Ventilate the area if possible
  5. If cleaning a desk area in an office, the keyboard and mouse should be removed and placed in a plastic rubbish bag that should be labelled and tied closed. If cleaning a child's desk, please remove any books/pencils, etc. and put in a plastic bag for safe storage. Sealed bags should be stored in a suitable secure place for 72 hours after which items should be cleaned using a multi-purpose wipe effective at killing COVID-19 before being returned to use.
  6. Spray the solution (if using a spray bottle) or wipe with a cloth (if using a bucket of solution) on the contaminated area and its surrounds (desk, handles, chair and all contact surfaces that are identified as a potential risk).
  7. Ensure all surfaces are wet, and allow 5 minutes contact time.
  8. Once dry remove with clean, cold water and new disposable cloths.
  9. Disposable cleaning items used should be put in a plastic rubbish bag for disposal.
  10. Using a new cloth and new gloves, wipe non-disposable equipment (spray bottle or bucket) with the cleaning solution before storing for future use.
  11. After cleaning is complete, the gloves and apron you have worn should be removed and put a plastic rubbish bag. To minimise potential cross-contamination, the disposable apron and gloves should be removed in the following order:


  • Unfasten or break ties
  • Pull apron away from the neck and shoulders only touching the inside of the apron
  • Turn the apron inside out, fold or roll into a bundle


  • Grasp the outside of the glove with the opposite gloved hand and peel off
  • Hold the removed glove in gloved hand
  • Slide the fingers of the un-gloved hand under the remaining glove at the wrist
  • Peel the glove off folding both gloves into a ball
  • All disposable equipment used including cleaning materials, gloves and put in a plastic rubbish bag for disposal
  1. When full, all waste bags should be put in a second plastic rubbish bag and tied. These bags should be stored in a suitable secure place for 72 hours before being disposed of with general waste
  2. Close ventilation
  3. Wash and dry hands thoroughly

Where there are body spills:

  • Staff in schools should contact the janitor
  • Employees in other locations should contact the Area Cleaning Officer for advice.