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Health Actions in Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Updated: September 1, 2020

As the situation with coronavirus (COVID-19) in Australia continues, we would like to assure you that we have actions in place to deal with the impact of the virus. To date, we have had no employee-related cases of coronavirus within the company. We have not experienced any restrictions or delays with the supply of equipment or parts and business remains fully operational.

We are keeping up to date with information and advice issued by authorities including the Department of Health and SafeWork NSW, and we are following these guidelines carefully.

COVID-19 Precautions

We are taking all reasonable precautions to minimise the spread of illnesses such as the common cold, viruses, flu and COVID-19.

Our staff have been briefed to:

  • Practise habits to prevent the spread of the virus. These include frequent and thorough hand washing and social distancing.
  • Hold meetings remotely.
  • Limit physical interactions between staff, clients and others (e.g. delivery workers) and use other methods such as email or mobile phone to communicate.
  • Avoid contact with others and seek medical advice if unwell.
  • Be aware of the symptoms of COVID-19. Any staff with fever or acute respiratory infection (e.g. cough, sore throat, shortness of breath or fatigue) will be excluded from the workplace.
  • Stay away from health care and aged care facilities when unwell.
  • Provide details on their current health status, particularly presentation of symptoms consistent with COVID-19.
  • Report to management if they have been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 or are being tested for COVID-19 for any reason.

Office Staff

We have separated critical teams of staff. Many office staff are working from home. Any staff remaining in the office have desks separated and zoned. Office staff cannot enter other zones. We are displaying posters in the workplace to educate and remind staff of the precautions required.

No technicians or non-essential visitors are permitted to come into the office.

Our cleaning practices have been increased to reduce the spread of illness especially in relation to frequently touched surfaces.

Field Staff

Field staff have been advised to take additional measures in order to reduce their risk of exposure to COVID-19. Key actions are as follows, but not limited to:

  • Limit interactions with other people on site including other workers, clients, delivery people etc. and use other methods to communicate such as mobile phone or radio.
  • Be aware of any direct or indirect risks caused by access to the job.
  • Participate in infection control training.
  • Report any risk/s or potential risks which are preventing you from working to your manager and wait for advice.
  • Wear appropriate PPE including gloves and a mask while onsite. Use hand sanitiser before and after wearing gloves.
  • Frequently touched surfaces onsite, including any plant, equipment, lifts, hoists, handrails and doors, should be cleaned frequently using appropriate detergent or disinfectant solutions.
  • Clean down plant or equipment immediately before and after use.
  • Practice good hygiene.
  • Have flu vaccinations.
  • Please report to management if washrooms are out of order, dirty or low on supplies such as soap, water, toilet paper etc.
  • Report to management if they witness anyone not following the guidelines.
  • Work in pairs and work with the same person each day and stay in specific work zones.

Car Travel

If staff or workers need to travel together in the same vehicle:
• passengers and drivers are encouraged to spread out, using front and back seats
• the driver and passengers are encouraged to wear a mask
• workers should only handle their own tools and bags where possible
• have processes to clean the vehicle hand touch areas at the end of each shift with a detergent/disinfectant
• workers are encouraged to set the air-conditioning to external airflow rather than recirculation.

Our Values

At Beaver Williams, we care about the health and wellbeing of our clients, our staff and the community. We are mindful that there are people in our community who are more at risk of serious illness as a result of this pandemic and we are taking the necessary steps to minimise the risk.

We appreciate your ongoing support and will issue further updates in-line with the Department of Health as they become available.

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