Coronavirus for employers – info and resources

Find information on this page about the Coronavirus for employers.  Under workplace health and safety obligations, all employers must attempt to reduce this risk of Coronavirus exposure in their workplaces.

Have you put steps in place to protect the health and safety of your employees? Find information, resources and related links related to Coronavirus.

 

Washing hands correctly – World Health Organisation method

Experts have confirmed that one of the best ways to keep safe from spreading or catching viruses such as COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is to regularly wash your hands. But, have you ever been shown how to wash your hands correctly? Most of us are probably not spending enough time on it or are using the incorrect technique. Watch this video which shows the correct method for washing hands.

 

Get updates on COVID-19. Coronavirus for employers

Updating employees on Coronavirus can help put to bed unhelpful rumours and reduce anxiety about how the issue is being handled in the workplace.

We recommend employers check the Department of Health website for daily updates on Coronavirus.

There is also good information on Smart Traveller and from the World Health Organisation.

 

Poster for correct respiratory hygiene in the workplace

All staff should practice good hygiene while at work to prevent the spread of illnesses such as COVID-19. We recommend employers place posters at all sites which teach correct respiratory hygiene.

Correct respiratory hygiene poster

 

Tips for the workplace

Work Safe Australia has updated information for employers about steps that can be taken to reduce risk.

Tips for Employers

  • Provide regular status updates about COVID-19 to staff to keep them informed and to reduce myths. We recommend information from www.health.gov.au which is updated daily.
  • Provide information about the symptoms of COVID-19 and what employees should do if they have any symptoms. I.e. do not come into work and seek medical help.
  • Provide information/display signage encouraging employees to wash their hands regularly and thoroughly.
  • Provide information/display signage about better respiratory hygiene practices. E.g. employees should sneeze into their elbows and not their hands.
  • Remind employees that they should not present to work if they are unwell, and direct managers to monitor the situation and have discussions with employees about whether they should be at work.
  • Ensure there are hand sanitizers and tissues readily available throughout the workplace and remind employees to use them, and where they are kept.
  • Encourage employees who share equipment such as phones or laptops should wipe down this equipment with sanitiser after use. Put signage around as reminders.
  • Communicate any revised company Travel policy (e.g. some companies are restricting overseas travel and limiting non-essential interstate travel).
  • Consider allowing employees to work from home, or at least have a plan in place for if there are closures and your workforce cannot attend the workplace.

If you need advice, call 07 56554047.

Do you need support?

With uncertain times ahead, employers of all sizes will be considering the impacts and the future.

Employing people is not only an honour but a great responsibility. Industryus HR can offer smart advice and strategies for employers which will better position them to ‘weather the storm’ and get through the difficult period ahead.

We offer flexible options and also payment plans to approved businesses.

Get in touch to arrange a free and confidential introductory call

Call 07 5655 4047 or email hello@industryus.com.au

 

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