Workplace Health and Safety Procedures to Combat Coronavirus

Strive for Talent offers information and helpful tips on how to help your workplace better handle the COVID-19 crisis.

Since 11 March 2020, the Coronavirus (technically known as COVID-19) has been classed as a pandemic by the World Health Organisation. The outbreak of the highly infectious disease has spawned a growing number of positive cases in over 100 countries and regions. Those most at risk are:

  • People who have recently visited or travelled through an area declared as high-risk
  • People who have come into close contact with a positive case of COVID-19

With the above in mind, it can be a difficult time for Australian workplaces. In this blog, the team at Strive for Talent offer some advice on workplace health and safety procedures to combat COVID-19.

What is the Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

The term ‘Coronavirus’ is actually more of a blanket term relating to a large family of viruses, scaling from the common cold, to those that have caused rampant damage across the world, like Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). Coronaviruses are zoonotic – transmitted between animals and people – with COVID-19 expected to have been transmitted from bats. Common symptoms are respiratory distress, high fevers, and pneumonia, placing those with respiratory and autoimmune issues at high risk.

Keeping Informed

In order to comply with Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws, all workplaces should identify hazards to determine and introduce measures that will eradicate associated risks – or, at the very least, mitigate them. Keeping up to date on the current COVID-19 informational releases will guide offices and businesses on how to act appropriately, which can be found from reputable sources such as the Australian Government Department of Health and Smart Traveller websites.

Smart Tips to Combat the Spread and Impacts of COVID-19

Here are some helpful actions to help protect your business from COVID-19:

  • Enable clear communication channels between all areas of the workplace, to ensure the sharing of information is efficient and effective
  • Organise stringent policies to combat COVID-19 and use communication channels for them to be rolled out successfully, including educating workers on identifying symptoms and practicing proper self-isolation
  • Setting up the ability where possible for staff members to work remotely
  • For those at risk in their line of work, ensure the provision of appropriate personal protective equipment and facilities (as well as training to understand their proper use and function)
  • Encourage staff to practice good hygiene with frequent hand washing, social-distancing, and mouth covering after coughing and sneezing
  • Reconsider all work-related travel unless it is absolutely necessary (opt for video conferencing instead of physical relocation)
  • Establish a dedicated and discrete point of contact should any member of your staff have any concerns

Should any of your staff feel unwell or be concerned, direct them to consult with their nearest medical facility.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *