Recently, the restroom in our office ran out of soap. The first employee to notice it reported it to management, however, no action was taken. After a day or two of repeatedly asking management to replenish the soap in the restroom, another employee went out and purchased some soap and left it in the restroom. Within an hour or two, management confiscated the soap because it wasn't "company approved" (the company has no written policy in this regard). A day later, the company replenished the soap in the restroom.
Another situation happened where due to the instances of the cold and flu going around, I felt like I needed to clean my desk and all the surfaces people might touch in my work area. I brought some Lysol wipes into the office and cleaned my work area. Not too long afterwards a lady from our HR department came took the wipes off my desk and walked away before I had a chance to say anything.
I am at a loss of knowing what to do. I feel that if the company refuses to, or isn't providing adequate cleaning supplies, there is no reason why we shouldn't be able to bring in our own. To me it's a issue of health and safety regardless of what company does or doesn't want us to do. Is my understanding in this regard correct? I am located in California.