Advice for Employers

Updated: Mar 27, 2020

There are practical things you can do in the workplace, to protect those more susceptible to the virus:

  • Encourage flexible work/learning arrangements and encourage staff to stay home if they are sick.

  • Encourage staff to postpone or cancel non-urgent travel.

  • Ensure a high standard of regular cleaning.

  • Purchase hygiene supplies (e.g. alcohol hand sanitisers) and make these available at building entrances and in common areas. Encourage the frequent washing of hands and use of hand sanitisers.

  • Adjust activities/services to promote social distancing - enable separation of clients, avoid queuing and close confines.

  • Avoid large indoor meetings and lunchrooms and use outdoor venues if possible.

  • Consider the needs of older adults, persons with disabilities, and others with access and functional needs.

Source: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/diseases/Documents/social-distancing.pdf .

Social Distancing in the Workplace

To reduce the spread of germs in the workplace:

  • Stay at home if you are sick

  • Consider if large gatherings can be rescheduled, staggered or cancelled

  • Stop handshaking and other physical greetings

  • Hold meetings via video conferencing or phone call

  • Defer large face-to-face meetings

  • Reconsider non-essential business travel

  • Hold essential meetings outside in the open air if possible

  • Promote good hand and cough/sneeze hygiene and provide hand sanitisers for all staff and workers

  • Take lunch outside rather than in the lunch room

  • Clean and disinfect shared high-touch surfaces regularly

  • Consider opening windows and adjusting air conditioning for more fresh air

  • Limit food handling and shared food in the workplace

  • Promote strictest hygiene among food preparation (canteen) staff and their close contacts

Source: https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/take-action/social-distancing

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