Ecolab covid-19 food service and food safety procedures, guidelines and educational resources.

Coronavirus (COVID-19):
Protection Starts with Prevention

Strategies for Food Service and Food Safety

The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has brought huge impact to the entire world and more specifically to the way people live and think. Ecolab is here to work with you and navigate these unprecedented challenges to your operation together, sharing critical and relevant information to help prevent the spread of infection and provide guidance on re-opening and maintaining a clean, safe and healthy operation.  Helping to protect and build confidence with your employees and guests.
Ecolab COVID-19 Procedures, Guidelines and Educational Resources
Foodservice Resource Library for COVID-19
  • Readiness plans and return-to-normal checklists
  • Heightened cleaning and disinfection procedures
  • Hand hygiene resources
  • Ongoing staff training and workforce support materials

COVID-19 Procedures, Guidelines and Educational Resources

In response to COVID-19 pandemic, Ecolab’s global team of experts have compiled a library of resources to help protect your employees and guests.
 Pages of procedural guide detailing infection prevention.
Focus on Infection Prevention Procedures

Download this procedure guide for Food Service.

Clean Sanitize Disinfect in Spanish
Differences Between Cleaning, Sanitizing and Disinfecting

WARNING: Sanitizers and disinfectants are regulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and are used to manage public health risks. It is a violation of federal law to use these products in a manner inconsistent with labeling.

*See product label for specific organism claims.

 Pages of Ecolab's Readiness kit with information on best practices for coronavirus prevention and response.
Know the Facts

Download the readiness kit to learn more about coronavirus and best practices for prevention and response.

People out to eat sitting around a table.
Pest Solutions for Restaurants

Ecolab Pest Elimination, an essential service provider, is proud to serve our communities and customers by safeguarding public health, food safety and property from the damaging effects of pests. While the impact of COVID-19 is far-reaching, Ecolab is well positioned to continue providing pest management services to ensure the health and safety of your facilities.


Stay Up To Date On COVID-19


The situation with COVID-19 is changing daily. Ecolab is your trusted partner, providing expertise and guidance for how to help combat the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the risk for employees and customers. Complete this form to stay up to date on the most recent information on COVID-19 and opt-in to receive promotional information specific to your industry.

Coronavirus: Reducing the Risk of Infections

Use this video to help educate your employees on ways to help combat the spread of coronavirus. 

Practice and Promote Proper Hand Washing

Hand washing can be one of the most important ways to prevent any kind of viral outbreak.

Factoring Food Safety into Your COVID-19 Action Plan

Businesses around the world are navigating unforeseen challenges around public health, brand reputation and customer trust. And food safety plays an important role in addressing these challenges. Read our latest blog on how to implement food safety best practices to protect your customers, employees and communities. 

Reopening Restaurants: How to Factor Food Safety into Your Response Plan
As restaurants are reopening their doors, clean, safe and healthy operations are an essential part of protecting and building confidence with employees and guests. Ecolab is here to support you.
Coronavirus Webinar:
Practical Guidance to Help reduce Risk of Infection and Protect Your Operations

Watch Ecolab experts provide an update on the current outbreak, share critical, relevant information and provide practical guidance to help keep your employees and customers safe.

Ecolab Expert

Ruth Petran, Ph.D., CFS

Senior Corporate Scientist, Food Safety and Public Health

Dr. Petran provides technical expertise and consultation to internal and external customers on food safety and public health issues, by identifying and tracking emerging food safety trends and new control strategies.

Q. I need to increase my usage rate or dose of disinfectant or cleaner?
The use of specific disinfectants can be helpful in combating COVID-19. All disinfectants and sanitizers should be used as directed on product label/instructions. This is however a great time to reinforce training and compliance to make sure surfaces and high-touch areas are being properly cleaned and employees are using infection prevention best-practices while at work.

Q. Does Ecolab have a product for use against coronavirus?
A. Yes, we offer specific disinfectants that have demonstrated effectiveness against viruses like the one causing COVID-19 (coronavirus disease) when used as directed. We also offer guidance and training on proper cleaning procedures to help reduce COVID-19 risk. If you are a current customer, you should speak with your account executive for specific information. If you are not a current customer, please visit to contact us via email or phone.

Q. How long will coronaviruses survive on surfaces?
The short answer is we don’t know yet. This is a new virus and studies are just beginning. Data from the World Health Organization (WHO) indicates that transmission of COVID-19 is not that likely to occur from an infected surface. Practically, the risk will be much lower from surfaces than from a direct droplet traveling through the air from an infected person. As in any potential outbreak situation, proper infection prevention with disinfectant for surfaces and high-touch surfaces is recommended.

Q. How can hospitality employees protect themselves in their work environment?
Employees in a hotel or hospitality environment should follow standard infection prevention techniques – things like, washing their hands frequently, staying home when they’re sick, using approved disinfectants with an EPA emerging viral pathogen claim following the specified procedures. 

Q:  Since testing is not possible using COVID-19, how do you determine what kinds of chemical disinfectants can be used against COVID-19?
A:  For emerging or novel viruses like COVID-19, companies are unable to acquire the outbreak strain of virus to test the efficacy of their disinfectant products. Certain countries have policies or general claims that address this (e.g. US EPA Emerging Viral Pathogen Guidance*, EU viral claims) by utilizing a hierarchy of susceptibility of viruses to disinfectants. In general, these policies are based on the ability of a product to kill a ‘harder to kill’ virus and may or may not require preapproval for use in outbreak situations.  Care must be taken to use the appropriate dilution at the correct contact time for the suitable application listed on the product label to enable disinfection against SARS-CoV-2.  If you are a current customer, you should speak with your account executive for specific information. If you are not a current customer, please visit to contact us via email or phone.

*In the US a product must be preapproved by US EPA. It must be a hospital disinfectant and carry approved Emerging Viral Pathogen language on the master label.