SIMPLE STEPS ALL EMPLOYEES CAN TAKE TO REDUCE THE RISK OF CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
There are a number of simple steps your employees can take to help minimise the spread of COVID-19. These steps can be easily incorporated into daily routines for all employees.
IMMUNITY AND GENERAL WELLBEING – Look after yourself, eat healthy, get sufficient rest and exercise regularly and be aware of how you are feeling and any symptoms you experience.
AVOID TOUCHING YOUR EYES, NOSE AND MOUTH – To reduce the risk of contamination to those areas avoiding touching them as it can result in the virus transmitting.
PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING MEASURES – To minimise the spread of any viruses, minimise handshakes, hugs and other human contact, and try other polite professional greetings. Maintain a reasonable space when engaging with others and especially if you sneeze or cough. Take teleconferences or videoconferences where you can instead of face to face meetings and where working from home is available, utilise it, especially if you have any of the symptoms (listed below).
COUGHING AND SNEEZING – Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene at all times. When coughing and sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or a disposal tissue. Safely and securely dispose of used tissues inside a closed bin immediately to limit the transferring of infected droplets. Wash your hands and use hand sanitiser and clean your work area straight after. Move yourself away from others if you cough or sneeze.
KEEP YOUR WORK AREA CLEAN AND WEAR PPE ISSUED – Make sure you practice good hygiene in your immediate work area and wipe it down with antibacterial wipes or disinfectant regularly, as well as straight after any coughing or sneezing. Safely and securely dispose of any used tissues, wipes or cleaning cloths inside a closed the bin immediately, and wash your hands and use hand sanitiser immediately afterwards. If you are hot-desking, clean your work station, keyboard and mouse down before you start work and as you finish up for the day. Wear and safely dispose of all personal protective equipment issued to you such as disposable face masks, gloves etc.
IMMEDIATELY REPORT TO YOUR EMPLOYER ANY SYMPTOMS YOU START TO EXPERIENCE – Symptoms may include: fever, cough, cold, difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, chills, body aches, sore throat, headache, runny nose, muscle pain, diarrhoea and /or tiredness and follow your Employer's instructions.
SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION EARLY IF YOU HAVE ANY SYMPTOMS OR FEEL UNWELL – Keep up to date through the Department of Health’s website at www.health.gov.au and the medical support and testing available to you.
STAY HOME IF YOU ARE UNWELL OR HAVE ANY SYMPTOMS – Notify your Employer of your absence and make arrangements for appropriate leave. Obtain medical advice if you are concerned.
FOLLOW ALL GOVERNMENT REQUIREMENTS FOR SELF-ISOLATION/QUARANTINE – Keep up to date through the Department of Health’s website and make sure you follow these requirements at all times.
IF YOU HAVE RECENTLY RETURNED FROM OVERSEAS OR ARE INTENDING TO TRAVEL OVERSEAS IN THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE - LET YOUR EMPLOYER KNOW – Keep your Employer informed of your travel plans and countries you are visiting or have visited, and be aware of all self-isolation or quarantine requirements on your return and do not return to your workplace if such requirements are in place.
UPDATE YOUR EMERGENCY CONTACT/NEXT OF KIN WITH YOUR EMPLOYER – So your Employer can make contact with the correct people in the event of an emergency or issue.
If you need urgent advice or assistance in managing the impact of COVID-19 in your workplace, please contact IR Legal Solutions to discuss.