An effective business COVID-safety plan is more important than ever

Published July 14, 2021 -
NSW Covid Safe

New South Wales businesses must ensure they are abiding by all COVID-19 safety measures if they want to see restrictions wound back any time soon.

After almost three weeks under stay-at-home orders and consistent high daily COVID-19 cases detected, a further two weeks of lockdown have been announced for Greater Sydney and surrounding areas.

There has been debate over the past weeks on whether or not some businesses that have remained open are considered essential. Further confusion has recently been added after the NSW government failed to define exactly what an essential worker is.

While browsing is off the cards in stores, for those who do choose to remain open to shoppers under current restrictions, they need to take the utmost care in ensuring their workplace is COVID safe, and that all visitors check-in via a QR code and wear a mask.

“These next few weeks and months will be critical if there is to be a return to normal, and employers need to play their part to ensure they come out of it sooner rather than later,” said Larry Drewsen, health and safety manager at Employsure, Australia’s largest workplace relations advisor.

“Keeping a proper contact-tracing record of who enters and exits a workplace, be it staff or customers, is an essential tool that will allow contact tracers to track down infected individuals more quickly.

“Business owners should dedicate time each week to review government health advice to see if there has been a change in directions. If there has been, they must abide by the directions or else risk fines, as well as the health of the community.”

An effective COVID-safety plan is essential for businesses. The plan can include ways to improve personal hygiene and the hygiene of the workplace. Having the correct hand sanitiser, wipes and all the necessary cleaning equipment available to staff is key to slowing the spread.

For those who have staff on-site in hotspot areas, employers may also choose to stagger their start and finish time. This can help reduce the bottleneck of staff in the break room and keep them at a further distance from one another.

A safety checklist is also necessary for business owners who have staff working from home. Employers need to check in on staff at home and identify whether they are in a hotspot, whether they are sick, and who they have been in contact with. Knowing which staff members have physically been in the workplace can help avoid a potential infection spread.

“In all circumstances and no matter the state or industry, abiding by a COVID-19 safety plan is of the utmost importance. Having the correct combination of hygiene control and the most up to date health orders in place is the key to seeing restrictions lift,” concluded Mr Drewsen.

Further enquiries:

Matthew Bridges

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