Since the outbreak of COVID-19, WorkPlacePLUS has been engaged by a number of clients to review and update their pandemic plan, including policies and procedures regarding matters such as:
The purpose of an infection control policy is to prevent and control the transmission of infectious diseases in the workplace, and to promote health within the local community.
Your organisation’s infection control policy may already include various definitions, precautions and practices on Exposure, Infectious Diseases and Notifiable Diseases. Many employers may now need to update these policies to include Health Alerts and Exclusions.
For reliable, up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Australia, please visit Health.gov.au.
Stop the spread
The Australian Government has advised that practising good hand and sneeze/cough hygiene is the best defence against most viruses. It is important to remind your employees of what constitutes good hygiene, such as:
Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, before and after eating, and after going to the toilet
Dry your hands properly after washing
Cover your cough and sneeze, dispose of tissues, and use alcohol-based hand sanitiser
If unwell, avoid contact with others (stay more than 1.5 metres from people)
The Australian Government has also advised that wearing a face mask can help protect you and those around you if you are in an area with community transmission, and physical distancing is not possible, like on public transport.
Some coronaviruses can linger on surfaces for up to 9 days. In addition to practicing good hygiene, extra steps can be taken to help stop the spread, such as:
Wipe down surfaces with a cleaning product
Use alcohol-based hand sanitiser
Refrain from touching your face
Practice social distancing
Get the COVID-19 vaccine
Social distancing is intended to reduce the transmission of communicable diseases such as coronavirus or a flu-like virus. This includes:
New social etiquettes to replace handshaking, e.g. an elbow tap or foot tap
Maintaining a safe personal distance from co-workers (1.5 metres)
Avoiding large public gathering venues
Working from home where possible
Employers should consider limiting the exposure of COVID-19 to their premises by restricting access to the premises to essential staff and contractors only.
The COVID-19 vaccine is free for everyone in Australia and is an important control measure for helping to mitigate the risk of exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace. There are new employer obligations regarding COVID-19 vaccination and the workplace. Read more:
Below are some downloadable posters with information to help stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
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