Creating Cleaner Work Spaces

Manufacturing and Food Processing Hygiene Guide

In these unprecedented times, clean and hygienic work spaces are more important than ever to support employee well-being. Kimberly-Clark Professional is here to help. Use this guide to equip your facilities with new hygiene standards, both in the office area and on the production floor.

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Hygiene Expertise for Hygiene Excellence

While your facilities enact new measures to protect valued employees and customers, Kimberly-Clark Professional can help you provide a more hygienic environment. In our own manufacturing mills, we’ve implemented new best practices to benefit staff and customers. As an industry innovator and leader in hygiene products for nearly 150 years, we’ve got the tools, solutions and guidance to help meet your needs.

Industry Landscape

A Whole New Workplace

Manufacturing and processing plants are experiencing major changes in day-to-day protocols, all due to the need to help limit the spread of germs. And as plants adjust for people to share spaces, equipment and amenities, workplace hygiene takes greater priority than ever before.


It has become increasingly vital for facilities to plan and prepare in the following areas:



Frequent handwashing for employees and guests

Increased, effective surface cleaning and disinfecting


Physical distancing to the maximum extent possible

Use of face coverings by employees and visitors


Touchless technology and processes where possible

Updated scheduling, meeting and break protocols

Manufacturing and Processing Hygiene Assessment

Assess your building’s level of preparedness.

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10-Step Building Hygiene Checklist

If you’re just reopening your building, review this checklist to help ensure you’ve considered everything

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Hygiene Hot Spots in Your Facility

Here’s a quick guide to areas where hand soaps, sanitisers and disinfectants should be put to work.

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Hygiene Insights

Germs: The More You Know

Think you’re informed about workplace germs? Here are some stats that may surprise you.


Face the Facts

In the span of 24 hours, the average adult touches 7,200 surfaces1 and touches their face 552 times2


Help Your Hands

Nearly 95%3 of adults do not wash long enough to thoroughly clean the germs from their hands.


The Dirt on Surfaces

The average desk has 400 times more bacteria than a toilet seat.4


Water Works

Water fountains have 19x as much bacteria as a toilet seat. 5

If you’re alarmed by these numbers,
know that you’re not alone.

It’s important to understand what you’re up against every day, so you can help protect the people in your facility. Get prepared with a solid workplace hygiene strategy.

Proactive Measures

Win in Key Action Areas

Among the many actions we can take, two important steps are more critical than ever: washing hands and disinfecting surfaces. These simple measures go a long way to help curb the spread of germs and help create a more hygienic environment.

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Hand Hygiene

In any facility, there are many places where hands can pick up and leave behind germs. From door handles to work surfaces, from breakroom counters to sink fixtures, and from vending machines to time clocks. It’s vital to provide ample hand soap, water and disposable paper towels, as well as alcohol-based sanitisers (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:

  • At the start of shift and before leaving work
  • After using the washroom
  • After coughing, sneezing or nose-blowing
  • Before handling food and after eating
  • After cleaning up messes or disposing of waste

Hygiene Hint
Sneeze or cough into a tissue, then dispose of the tissue in the bin to help limit the spread of germs.6


While soap and water are easily made available in facility washroom and at sinks, hand sanitiser should be placed in other high-traffic areas like entryways, hallways, breakrooms and production areas. 

Hand washing guide
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Hand Sanitising Guide
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Hand Hygiene Routines
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Surface Wiping

To do more than just scratch the surface of workplace hygiene, it’s vital to frequently clean and disinfect certain areas. Not only do production lines require attention, but also breakrooms, work stations and high-touch items like elevator buttons and stair rails. Disinfecting these surfaces several times during the workday, with EPA-approved products, helps improve workplace hygiene.

Kimberly-Clark Professional offers disposable cleaning cloths, or wipers, as a more hygienic alternative to reusable towels or rags. We also offer pre-saturated sanitising wipes for hard, non-porous surfaces, and a closed-bucket wiping system for critical tasks.


Hygiene Hint
Cotton towels were shown to reduce disinfectant strength by up to 85%.7

Surface & Hand Hygiene
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Cleaning vs. Disinfecting
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Hygiene Front & Centre
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Personal Protection

Physical Distancing: The ECDC gives the following advice on physical distancing in manufacturing plants: “For people who work in one place, workstations should allow them to maintain social-distancing wherever possible.

If it is not possible to ensure workstations comply with social distancing guidelines (2m, or 1m with risk mitigation where 2m is not viable), then extra attention needs to be paid to equipment, cleaning and hygiene to reduce risk.

Use floor tape or paint to mark areas to help workers comply with social distancing guideline. Only where it is not possible to move workstations further apart, arranging people to work side-by-side or facing away from each other rather than face-to-face. Only where it is not possible to move workstations further apart, installing screens to separate people from one another.”8

Personal Protective Equipment: The CDC recommends that PPE be worn when using chemical disinfectants for cleaning.9 Our KleenGuard® safety and personal protection equipment is designed to keep your operation running smoothly and your people safe. We offer protective clothing, thin mil and structured gloves, eyewear and face masks that enhance both safety and productivity. To determine appropriate PPE, refer to the Safety Data Sheet for the chemicals you will be using.

Cloth Face Coverings: The CDC also provides the following guidance on using protective face coverings: “There are some circumstances when wearing a face covering may be marginally beneficial as a precautionary measure. The evidence suggests that wearing a face covering does not protect you, but it may protect others if you are infected but have not developed symptoms. However workers and visitors who want to wear a face covering should be allowed to do so. If you choose to wear one, it is important to use face coverings properly and wash your hands before putting them on and before and after taking them off.”10

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One key component to successful workplace hygiene is communication. As management leads the way in establishing new protocols, it takes every individual to put them into practice. Employees at your plant are relying on leadership to prioritise hygiene in critical times. They need to know what’s being done and what’s expected of them, via clear, detailed and thoughtful company announcements. Print and display the following visual cues to inspire a sense of security and encourage cooperation.

Hand Washing Reminder Signage
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Cleaning and Disinfecting Checklist
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Safe Distance Reminder Signage
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Hygiene etiquette reminders from the WHO
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To set up a successful hotel 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 walk-through.

Manufacturing and Processing
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Get Washroom Hygiene Right

Washroom cleanliness is a crucial piece of the workplace hygiene puzzle.
Since measures taken here can have a huge impact, consider these key washroom opportunities:

Maximise soap and sanitiser.

Keep hand soap in good supply to encourage proper hygiene. We deliver rich formulas containing moisturisers that help condition skin, promoting good hand hygiene and increasing washroom satisfaction. For an extra germ-killing step, provide sanitisers with at least 60% alcohol. Kimberly-Clark Professional also offers fragrance-free and alcohol-free options.

Optimise your hand drying method.

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, as well as jumbo rolls and center-pull paper towels ideal for high-capacity areas. Space-saving and efficient dispensers, with touchless technology options, provide the solutions that suit your facility.

Prioritise your toilet paper needs.

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 more home-like comfort.

Did you know?

Using a jet air dryer dispersed 1,300 times more germs than drying with paper towels. Faced with a choice of drying methods, 90% of people showed a behavioural preference for paper towels over jet air dryers in the washroom.11

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Hygiene Hint
Drying with paper towels reduces bacteria on fingers by up to 77%.12

Hygiene Solutions

We've Got You Covered

Whatever your manufacturing and food processing hygiene needs, Kimberly-Clark Professional has a range of solutions and bundles to help you create a cleaner, more hygienic workplace.

Discover our recommended products, and the areas where you’ll find them most useful.

WypAll® ForeceMax

7569 / 7969

This high capacity, hydroknit cloth is perfect for the manufacturing facility. Wypall® ForeceMax absorbs 40% more oil, 5 times faster than rags or laundered cloths.

WypAll® X80 Jumbo Roll

8377 / 8374 / 6146 /
6154 / 6155

WypAll® X80 Cloths available in this high-capacity jumbo roll are perfect for use in industrial manufacturing. Each cloth is strong, durable & tear-proof.

WypAll® Waterless Cleaning Wipes

7772 / 7775 / 7776

Pre-saturated for maximum convenience, removing the need to add soap, gel or water. Dispensed individually and hygienically via a centrefeed bucket or canister to help reduce waste.

Kimtech® Wipers for the Wettask System

7767 / 7919

Closed-bucket wiping system for saturation wiping with bleach and disinfectants. Just pour in the cleaner you wish to use.

WypAll® X80 Plus Colour Coded Cloths

19139 / 19154 / 19127 /
19164 / 7969

Individual, quarterfolded cloths for heavy duty segregated hygiene cleaning in food production and preparation.

KleenGuard® PPE Bundle

25679 / 90095-90099 /
13837-13841 / 96810-96860

Our KleenGuard® PPE offering is designed to perform with distinction in all areas of the manufacturing facility. Our Coverall, Glove and Eyewear products will keep you safe from head to toe.

Scott® Essential Rolled Hand Towels

6691 / 6692 / 7375 / 7376

This 350m towel is the longest roll on the market and is our most efficient hand drying solution with 25% more hand dries.

Scott® Control Slimroll Hand Towels

6623 / 7955 / 7956

This hygienic and compact system is designed to fit smaller spaces. Gentle Slimroll hand towels are kind to the skin for frequent hand drying in space constrained, hygiene critical environments.

Scott® Control Foam Frequent Use Hand Cleanser

6342 / 6948 / 7173 / 8973

Designed for everyday hand washing, this 1.0L Foam Skin Cleanser is fragrance and colour free. Delivers up to twice as many washes per litre as conventional liquid soaps (2,500 shots per 1 Ltr).

Scott® Control Alcohol Foam Hand Sanitiser

6392 / 7124 / 6948 / 92147

Scott® Control Alcohol Foam Hand Sanitiser is dye and fragrance free and kills up to 99.99% of microorganisms. This 1 litre formulation is designed to dispense in an efficient manner to fully cover the hands while preventing excessive product use so it is perfect for use in hygiene-critical areas.

Scott® Control Alcohol Foam Hand Sanitiser

6393 / 92147 / 11430

Scott® Control™ Alcohol Foam HandSanitiser is dye and fragrance free and kills up to 99.99% of microorganisms. This 1.2 litre formulation is designed to dispense in an efficient manner to fully cover the hands while preventing excessive product use, it is perfect for use in hygiene-critical areas.

Scott® ControlTM Centrefeed Toilet Tissue System

Scott® Control Mini Twin Centrefeed Toilet Tissue System

8591/ 7186/ 7187

The new Scott® Control Centrefeed Toilet Tissue System offers hygienic, fully enclosed toilet paper, dispensed through a touchless, one-wipe-clean dispenser - free of all dirt traps. You only touch the sheet you use. This makes it the most hygienic twin centrefeed system available.

WypAll® Reach Centrefeed System

6222 / 6223 / 6221

This hygienic and portable dispensing system is designed to help prevent transmission of bacteria caused by handling of exposed blue rolls. This system also reduces paper consumption by over 20%.

WypAll® X50 Colour Coded Cloths

7441 / 7442 / 7443 /
7444 / 6954

Interfolded cloths for segregated hygiene cleaning in food production, preparation and service.

Kleenex® Hand Sanitising Wipes

7783 / 7936

Kleenex® Hand Sanitising Wipes. Ideal for use in any business environment to help reduce the risk of germs spreading and promote a healthy and clean workplace. Alcohol, fragrance and dye free, each wipe can kill (in as little as 30 seconds) common bacteria, fungi, yeast and viruses.

Scott® Facial Tissue


Ensure office areas are equipped with the essentials by including Scott® Facial Tissue. With 100 sheets, it is our highest capacity tissue.

Kleenex® Balsam Facial Tissues Cube


Small and compact with added comfort, this facial tissue is perfect for any office space.

Kimtech Pure Quarterfold Wipes


Individual, quarterfold, lint-free synthetic cloths for precise chemical and solvent cleaning in controlled process environments.

Kimtech® Science Wipes


Kimtech Science provides wipes for delicate tasks, designed to maintain cleanliness in your laboratory or working environment

Kimtech Purple Nitrile Gloves


Kimtech Purple Nitrile gloves deliver market-leading protection suitable for challenging life sciences and pharmaceutical manufacturing.

KleenGuard® G10 Arctic Blue Gloves


These disposable nitrile gloves are perfect for use in general manufacturing. KleenGuard® G10 Arctic Blue Gloves have a 3 mil thickness for increased tactile sensitivity and are touchscreen compatible.

KleenGuard® Nemesis Eyewear


KleenGuard® Nemesis Eyewear provides stylish comfort and lasting protection. The patented Flex-Dry nosepiece and comfort temples make Nemesis the ideal choice for enhanced comfort.

Talk With Our Experts

Plan Your 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. We will:

• Identify key areas to consider hygiene upgrades
• Recommend the right mix of germ fighting solutions for your facility
• Share tips and best practices on communicating changes and gain compliance