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COVID-19 Business Continuity – 8th July

With the reinstatement of level 3 restrictions in the greater Melbourne area, I thought it would be appropriate to revisit some of the advice for managing the practical aspects working during COVID-19.

In today’s briefing of 8th July, I revisit:
1. Best practices for on-site teams
2. Safe workplaces
3. If one of your team get COVID-19: pay and leave entitlements

1. Best practices for on-site teams

If you have staff who carry out work at clients’ sites, I suggest you revisit these measures to ensure safe and hygienic work practices.

The key points I want to remind you of are:

  • Essential team meetings (e.g. toolbox meetings) should only be conducted by phone or video
  • On site teams should be split into smaller crews, e.g. A crew and B crew. Don’t move people between crews. This will help limit exposure.
  • When working on site, sanitise work areas and/or fixtures prior to conducting the works, keep tools separate and don’t share tools
  • Work vehicles should be sanitised, particularly contact surfaces (steering wheel, door handles, etc)

For more guidelines, you can read the briefing I wrote on 20th March here: 

 

2. Safe workplaces

Now more than ever, you need to maintain and maybe even increase your vigilance with social distancing and hygiene best practices in the workplace.

I’d encourage you to visit the Safe Work Australia website for practical information on how to provide a safe workplace. This checklist is a great starting point: Safe Work Australia COVID-19 Checklist

 

3. If one of your team gets COVID-19: leave and pay entitlements

I recently explained the leave and pay entitlements that apply if one of your employees has a suspected or actual case of coronavirus.

If you need a reminder, you can read the briefing here: Pay and Leave entitlements

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I was encouraged by the Treasurer Josh Frydenberg’s comments today stating that there will be another round of income support that he will announce on the 23rd July. He went on to say, “we also recognise that the recent events in Victoria are going to be an impediment to the speed and the trajectory of the economic recovery across the nation.”

 

Ash

Ashley Thomson B.Eng(Hons), Grad. Dip. Mgmt, MEI
Managing Director
Tenfold Business Coaching

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