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Coronavirus: Protecting your Workplace

COVID-19 also referred to as coronavirus is a respiratory illness first identified in Wuhan, China.

There have been a limited number of cases in Australia, however that number is quickly increasing. A coronavirus infection can range from mild to severe. Those who are especially at risk include elderly people, people with compromised immune systems, and people with diagnosed chronic medical conditions.

If you are sick and think you have symptoms of COVID-19, seek medical attention or call the Australian Government’s National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080.

Coronavirus: Your Legal Duties

Under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (OHS Act), employers must, so far as is reasonably practicable provide and maintain a working environment that is safe and without risks to the health of employees and independent contractors. This includes providing information and training, monitoring health of employees and ensuring that all persons are not exposed to health and safety risks.

For more information, contact your local workplace regulator.

Advice For Workers

  • Simple hygiene practices to those used to protect against the flu can help the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory infections.
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water or use alcohol based hand sanitiser
  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your elbow. Dispose of tissues immediately and wash your hands or apply hand sanitiser
  • Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu symptoms
  • Stay at home if you are unwell

Advice For Employers

  • Provide clean and well stocked hand washing facilities
  • Provide hand sanitiser, tissues and cleaning supplies
  • Promote good hygiene practices
  • Keep the workplace clean. Regularly clean high-touch surfaces (door handles, workstations etc)
  • Encourage workers to stay at home where possible
  • If someone becomes ill at work, isolate them and arrange for the person to be sent home and seek medical advice. If they are very unwell, ring 000.
  • If a worker is confirmed to have COVID-19 or for more information call the Australian Government’s National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080.

Cleaning & Testing of Workplaces

According to the Work Health Organisation, it is not certain how long COVID-19 can survive on surfaces but it could be up to several days.

Abereum can assist with planning and verifying workplace cleanliness through testing of surfaces for general hygiene. Through independent testing and verification you can ensure that your workplace is hygienic and safe for everyone.

The process:

  • Prepare a Workplace Hygiene Cleaning Plan indicating the minimum requirements for cleaning and identifying high-risk areas;
  • Workplace cleaning then to be conducted by qualified personnel under supervision;
  • Abereum can also provide rapid on-site testing to ensure surfaces are adequately cleaned;
  • Post clean verification testing and report.

For a confidential discussion or advice call us today on (03) 9973 4364

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