Hi, it’s Ashley Thomson with the COVID-19 Business Continuity update for Thursday, 2nd April.
In this briefing I’m talking about what to do if there’s a case of coronavirus in your business
We’re hearing more cases of community transmissions. The reality is that while the odds are low, it’s still possible that someone in your workforce could contract coronavirus.
If a test is conducted, they must stay in self-quarantine until they receive the results of their COVID–19 test.
Tracing close contacts
Anyone who has been in close contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus needs to self-quarantine for 14 days from the last contact with them.
If that happens, here are things you’ll need to plan for:
- Reclaim any work vehicles: You may need to take an Uber or taxi to collect the vehicle from the employee’s place. You’ll need to disinfect every single surface of the vehicle that could be touched before driving it – door handles (inside and outside), steering wheel, rear view mirror, gear stick, handbrake, indicator and wipers, aircon and radio buttons, petrol tank, etc. Wear disposable gloves while driving then take them off and then wash your hands. Note: gloves can still transmit diseases, sometimes they’re worse than bare hands so make sure you use and remove gloves correctly (how to remove gloves correctly)
- Reclaim any company work tools: Wear disposable gloves, sanitise all tools and bags before handling them. Make sure to remove the disposable gloves correctly and wash hands with soap for 20 seconds afterwards.
- Reclaim any laptop or company owned devices (tables, phones) and sanitise them carefully. The coronavirus can survive on glass for 72 hours, so be careful.
I’m going to hold off from explaining leave entitlements for the moment – let me explain why:
- This is a complex area because the Fair Work Commission is looking to introduce special provisions for pandemic leave but they haven’t been made official yet (at the time of writing).
- Currently on the Fair Work Australia website there are different entitlements for different situations (such as whether they have been diagnosed, are waiting for diagnosis, or are in quarantine because of the close contact rule). Let’s explore leave entitlements if/when it comes to that. Speak to your business coach if you have any questions
Avoiding COVID–19 in your business
- Regularly reinforce the government’s advice on how to minimise the risk of transmission.
- Encourage your team members to hold each other accountable
- Split your teams into the smallest practicable sizes.
- In the smaller crews, keep the same people together – don’t allow team members to change the people they’re working with.
- Maintain social distancing.
- No in-person team meetings, no team socialising
- See more detail in my email of 20th March