COVID Safe Plan – Prevention and Targeted Action
If you are one of the few business that are permitted to stay open during the Stage 4 restrictions, you must have a coronavirus (COVID-19) Safe Plan in place by 7 August 2020.
As a minimum your COVID-19 Safe Plan must include:
- Actions to help prevent the introduction of COVID-19 in the workplace
- The level of face-covering or personal protective equipment (PPE) required for the workforce and
- How it will prepare for, and respond to, a suspected or confirmed case of COVID19 in the workplace.
Over the past 10 weeks, Kez Tacar has been supporting a major client in the heavy manufacturing transport sector in the interim leadership of their People, Culture and Safety initiates. One of first things we did was develop and implement a COVID-19 Safe Policy and COVID-19 Response Plan.
The COVID-19 Response Plan, focuses on the 3 key stages of Prevention, Targeted Action and transition to the ‘New’ Normal Service.
This stage includes the activities and strategies the business is undertaking to minimise the spread of the disease into and across the workplace. This includes the information and training that will be provided to employees to help them manage their own risk of exposure, reduce the spread of the virus and when to receive medical help and get tested.
We have gone as far as making temperature checks compulsory prior to entering the workplace and masks were a mandatory PPE weeks before it was mandated by Government. We’ve tightened cleaning to twice a day and between shifts with professional cleaning of all common use areas, desks, phones, door handles, kitchens and invested thousands in commercial grade sprays when/if a deep clean is necessary.
In addition to the ‘Prevention’ activities, the Targeted Action stage is a series of steps that will be undertaken in the event:
- an employee is suspected of being COVID-19 positive
- an employee is confirmed COVID-19 positive
- a cluster of employees are confirmed of being COVID-19 positive from one location/multiple locations
A good plan should also include key management personnel with the responsibility and accountability to lead the organisation in the event of a suspected or positive COVID-19 case. We therefore created an Emergency Response Team (CEO and Executive team) and Local Site Representatives (senior management) to guide the business.
‘New’ Normal Service
As Australia begins to wind down its response and Government restrictions allow, plan for transitioning your people back into the workplace and ensure activities in the ‘Prevention’ stage are maintained. COVID-19 will be with us for some time and we will need to remain vigilant until a vaccine is developed.
Communication and staying connected during these challenging times is important. Every opportunity you have must be used to continually reinforce safety and hygienic requirements. Communicate regularly, consistently and lead by example by practicing good hygiene and social distancing.
As a permitted essential provider, our client has invested in the safety of its people and is well placed to continue providing a safe working environment for employees who can not undertake their role remotely.
Wishing all Victorians the best of health during these challenging times.