How Can I Keep my Staff Safe?

Some basic tips are provided here.

Consider the need to send employees into client’s homes. Consider what work should be offered and continued with during these times in light of government recommendations that we avoid unnecessary entry into people’s homes. If sending staff into a client’s premises you should encourage sensible hygiene precautions, provide PPE, direction, advice and procedures to ensure you’re doing your bit as an employer to ensure their safety.

If your employee doesn’t want to continue working or enter into client premises you should respect this!

Useful Guides

Check out the CDC (US) guide: Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 – We’ve found this to be the most comprehensive and useful guide.

Note: The CDC is based in the USA and some information may not apply here in Australia.

Worksafe Victoria has a guide for preparing as an employer. This appears quite useful.

Department of Health – Coronavirus Information for Employers

A few key tips:

  • Promote frequent and thorough hand washing, including by providing workers, customers, and worksite visitors with a place to wash their hands. If soap and running water are not immediately available, provide alcohol-based hand rubs containing at least 60% alcohol.
  • Encourage workers to stay home if they are sick.
  • Promote frequent and thorough hand washing, including by providing workers, customers, and worksite visitors with a place to wash their hands. If soap and running water are not immediately available, provide alcohol-based hand rubs containing at least 60% alcohol.
  • Encourage workers to stay home if they are sick.
  • Encourage respiratory etiquette, including covering coughs and sneezes.GUIDANCE ON PREPARING WORKPLACES FOR COVID-199
  • Provide customers and the public with tissues and trash receptacles.
  • Employers should explore whether they can establish policies and practices, such as flexible worksites (e.g., telecommuting) and flexible work hours (e.g., staggered shifts), to increase the physical distance among employees and between employees and others if state and local health authorities recommend the use of social distancing strategies.
  • Discourage workers from using other workers’ phones, desks, offices, or other work tools and equipment, when possible.
  • Maintain regular housekeeping practices, including routine cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces, equipment, and other elements of the work environment.

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