I am a manager or worker in an office environment, what can I do?

Specific employer actions

  • Manage worker numbers have plans and systems in place to monitor and control the numbers of workers and customers in the workplace at any given time.
  • Utilise flexible arrangements where possible, such as working from home or other locations, start/finish times, compressed hours or working week, flexible rostering, bid rostering, or job share.
  • Provide hand sanitiser at ample locations throughout workplace.
  • Provide surface wipes to clean workstations, and workstation equipment such as monitors, phones, keyboards and mouses.
  • Clean surfaces thoroughly all high contact areas such as doors, handles, kitchen surfaces, bathroom surfaces, printers, lifts, with appropriate cleaning agents.
  • Place reminders and cues about precautions around the workplace, for social distances, hand hygiene, cough and sneeze behaviour. Use hard copy messages such as posters, as well as soft copy (such as email banners, Yammer, Teams) to provide the key messages.
  • Consider physical, distance or other engineering controls to protect staff and customers at social interaction points such as counters / service desks to maintain social distancing or provide barrier controls.

General advice for workers, customers and others

  • Consult, educate and support your workers and colleagues 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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