UGL have developed a protocol to provide guidance to our sites around managing any suspected or actual cases of Coronavirus. The protocol is updated regularly please check this for updated advice before reaching out to HSE/Health resources.
Key changes were made to the protocol on 10 March these are:
Updated travel advice
- anyone who is unwell to take leave and remain away from the workplace until symptoms subside or they have medical clearance
- seek advice from their P&C Manager if concerns about insufficient leave
- high risk locations currently defined by the Health Department as requiring self isolation for 14 days are: mainland China (not including Hong Kong, Macau or Taiwan), Iran, South Korea and regions of Itay
- international locations identified as high risk are changing regularly so check protocol for updates as required.
More information on the coronavirus is available from the Australian Health Department which is updated regularly.
We ask all employees to be mindful of the risk that the novel coronavirus presents and take common sense precautions to minimise the risk of spreading infection. A poster for UGL workplaces is available to help remind us all of good general health precautions such as:
- maintaining good hand hygiene (washing with hand sanitiser)
- respiratory hygiene (covering nose and mouth when coughing, sneezing, etc.)
- adhering to good food-safety practices
- maintaining good personal hygiene.
Additionally, effective cleaning of offices and hard surfaces can also reduce the risk of transmission of the disease. This includes:
- wiping down items such as telephones, computer keyboards and mouse, desks, chairs, cabinets, printers, handrails, etc. with sanitising wipes or a mild bleach solution at regular intervals
- all workplaces should maintain sufficient supplies of hand sanitiser, disinfectant wipes and face masks. P2 Face masks should be provided if anyone starts to feel unwell while at work to wear while travelling home or to a medical centre / hospital.
- face masks should be used by first aiders responding to anyone who is unwell.
For further information about managing the risk of infection at work please talk to your people & culture or HSEQ team.