This case study was prepared by SafeWork NSW and provides practical examples of managing health and safety for COVID-19 as a regional NSW small business builder.

I am a small business tradesperson what can I do?

Specific employer actions

  • Limit worker numbers onsite (if working indoors) have plans and systems in place to monitor and control the numbers of workers in the workplace at any given time. If outdoors, stay 1.5 meters away from others (where safe and practicable).
  • Provide hand sanitiser and / or hand washing facilities for workers.
  • Clean frequently handled surfaces such as amenities, plant, equipment, tools, materials which may be, or have been touched by others.
  • Use toolbox talks to discuss precautions, including social distancing, hand hygiene, cough and sneeze behaviour. Consider other ways to provide the same key messages (such as social media group chats).
  • Think about suppliers and contractors and use the same general advice (below) with your interactions with them.

General advice for workers, customers and others

  • Consult, educate and support your workers. About infection control measures to prevent spreading the virus and their health and safety.
  • Avoid touching your mouth, eyes, and nose with unwashed (or gloved) hands.
  • Clean your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds using soap and water, or alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with a tissue or a flexed elbow. Put tissues in the bin
  • Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.
  • Social distancing maintain a 1.5 metre distance to others (two arms length).
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Seek medical advice if you have a fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath (call your doctor or healthdirect on 1800 022 222).

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