The foodservice and retail industries are dealing with major shifts in operational and cultural norms. Employees are required to maintain greater physical distance and meet rigorous cleanliness and hygiene standards. Add customers to the mix, and it’s clear that hygiene has never been more critical.
It has now become vital for restaurants, grocery stores, retailers and other high-traffic
businesses to plan and prepare for the following measures:
Minimize personal contact and implement protective barriers. When you are in the building, be mindful of the safety of others.
When in-person meetings are required, put empty chairs between people and limit the number of people to 10.
Consider adopting a handshake-free greeting and continue to maintain a distance of six feet when you interact with others.
Do not come into the building.
If you have to, wash your hands before or after doing so.4
This includes keyboards, computer mice, headsets and other equipment. If you share, disinfect between use.
Think you’re informed about workplace germs? Here are some stats that may surprise you.
You touch 7,200 surfaces every 24 hours.6 You also touch your face 522 times a day.7
96% of patrons believe that cleanliness is the most important component in creating a "visit-worthy" atmosphere in a restaurant.8
Shopping for Germs
A study found E. coli a on almost half the shopping carts tested.9 These germs may be transferred from the cart to hands, food, and the face.
Water fountains have 19x as much bacteria as a toilet seat.10
When you understand what you’re up against every day, you can better protect your customers and employees.
Get prepared with a solid workplace hygiene strategy.
In any establishment, there are many places where hands can pick up and leave behind germs. It’s vital to provide ample hand soap, water and disposable paper towels, as well as alcohol-based sanitizers (containing at least 60% alcohol) throughout the workplace. Post visual reminders that hands should be washed for at least 20 seconds frequently during each day, especially at these times:
Foodservice Hygiene | Gloves aren’t a substitute for hand washing or hand hygiene. If a task requires direct contact with ready-to-eat food, employees should wash their hands and the exposed portions of their arms for 20 seconds before putting on gloves and before touching food or food-contact surfaces. Hands should be washed immediately after removing gloves.
While soap and water are easily placed in restrooms and kitchens, hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol can be placed in other high-traffic areas like entryways, breakrooms, checkout stations and next to elevator banks. Note: Hand sanitizer isn’t a substitute for washing hands with soap and water.
To do more than just scratch the surface of hygiene at work, it’s vital to frequently clean, sanitize and disinfect certain areas. Pay special attention to high-touch surfaces like shopping carts, countertops, tables, doorknobs, touch-screen credit terminals and workstations, which should be cleaned and disinfected frequently throughout the day with EPA-approved products. Routinely clean and sanitize coolers and insulated bags used to deliver foods.
Kimberly-Clark Professional offers disposable cleaning cloths, or wipes, as a more hygienic alternative to reusable towels or rags. We also offer pre-saturated sanitizing wipes for hard, non-porous surfaces, and a closed-bucket wiping system for critical tasks.
Communication is a key component of any effective hygiene program. Management leads the way in establishing the right protocols, but it takes every individual to put them into practice. Your employees rely on leadership to prioritize their health in critical times. They need to know what’s being done and what’s expected of them, via clear, detailed and thoughtful company announcements about safety measures. Print and display the following visual cues to inspire a sense of security and encourage cooperation.
To set up a successful hygiene strategy, there are certain essential items to consider. Note your level of preparedness in each of these areas, then determine your action steps. For more guidance, connect with a Kimberly-Clark Professional Sales Representative to arrange a virtual hygiene site walk.
Restroom cleanliness is a crucial piece of the hygiene puzzle. Consider these critical restroom opportunities:
Keep hand soap in good supply to encourage proper hygiene. We deliver rich formulas containing moisturizers that help condition skin, promoting good hand hygiene and increasing restroom satisfaction. For an extra germ-killing step, provide sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol. Kimberly-Clark Professional also offers fragrance-free and alcohol-free options.
Kimberly-Clark Professional single-use towels help reduce the spread of germs. Their highly absorbent material means it takes fewer towels to dry hands. Our portfolio includes hard roll and folded towels, ideal for high-capacity areas. Space-saving and efficient dispensers, with touchless technology options, provide the solutions that suit your facility.
Kimberly-Clark Professional offers hygienic, fully enclosed toilet paper and dispenser options, plus disposable seat covers with dispensers that are fully enclosed for sanitation. We also offer options for maximum efficiency, as well as brands that deliver a more home-like comfort.
Whatever your hygiene needs, Kimberly-Clark Professional has a range of solutions and bundles to help you create a cleaner, more hygienic facility.
Discover our recommended products, and the areas where you’ll find them most useful.
Designed to take hand hygiene to another level. The dispenser is 99.99% jam-free13, so you can count on its reliable, touchless operation. Pair with Elevated Scott® Design for an easy restroom upgrade.
Compact, touchless dispensing system to promote hand hygiene. Provides more than 25% more hand dries.
Designed for everyday use, this 1.0 L Green Certified Foam Skin Cleanser and Alcohol Free± Foam Hand Sanitizer is free of fragrance and dyes. Install sanitizer near entry/exits for use when door handles are present.
Our longest single-roll bathroom tissue system delivers 1,100 sheets of two-ply bathroom tissue per roll. It offers 100% roll utilization. More sheets, fewer changes, no waste.
Hygienic, no-touch dispensing design—only touch the tissue you take. Install near entry/exits to help provide a hygienic barrier and disposable solution for opening and closing doors.
Made with high-tech HydroKnit™ fast-absorbing material. Suitable for all common cleaning and sanitizing tasks in foodservice industries. Strong enough for extended use.
A versatile reusable cloth to replace assorted rags; absorbs 2x faster than rags for efficient cleanup.
Closed-bucket wiping system for saturated wiping with sanitizers, bleach and disinfectants—just pour in the cleaner you choose.
Portable, pre-saturated wipe that kills bacteria on hard, non-porous, non-food contact surfaces.
Request a Virtual Hygiene Site Walk
Our experts are here to guide you every step of the way in choosing the right mix of products and solutions for your facility. With your request for a virtual hygiene walk, a Kimberly-Clark Professional Representative will contact you to schedule a phone call or video consultation to view your facility virtually.
• Identify key areas to consider hygiene upgrades
• Recommend the right mix of germ fighting solutions for your facility
• Share tips & best practices on communicating changes and gaining compliance