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Can I change or scale down my businesses operations in response to COVID19 As more businesses are impacted by COVID-19 you should consider what to do if a positive case is linked to your business.
A business may be impacted by a positive COVID-19 case in two ways:
HIA’s Making space on site guidelines asks that members develop an action plan for how the site will be managed should a person enter the site with the virus or advise the site supervisor that they have been in close contact with someone who is COVID-19 positive.
This information sheet can assist members develop an action plan in order to respond to a positive COVID-19 case.
HIA Making Space on Site Guidelines provides information and advice to ensure you are managing your sites and the risks from COVID-19.
Under the Guidelines HIA recommends that you meet the Government’s self-isolation rules at all times by:
If you have a worker who tests positive for COVID-19, they will be under strict directions from the public health authority in your state to isolate at home immediately.
For other staff or workers that have been at a workplace where a COVID-19 positive person has attended, the businesses will need to gauge who, if anyone, has been in ‘close contact’ with the person. Each state has rules on managing workers that are either close or casual contacts.
For further information regarding management of your workers including any employees, members should refer to the following:
In most jurisdictions, you must notify your state or territory work health and safety regulator and health authority regarding any notification of COVID-19. However, the criteria for notification differs slightly in each state.
Members should refer to the Work Health Safety Incident Notification COVID-19 Fact Sheet for further information.
The public health authorities in each jurisdiction may have slightly different requirements and procedures in response to positive cases.
It is expected that public health authorities will contact businesses impacted by a positive case to:
You should provide written notification to all staff, visitors, contractors and clients that there has been a positive COVID-19 case at your site. The notification should include details such as:
Public health authorities are also responsible for providing all relevant advice to identified close contacts.
It is important that you maintain the privacy and confidentiality of the COVID-19 positive individual and follow the advice of the Public Health authorities.
On the advice of public health authorities you should clean and disinfect the site at which a positive COVID-19 case has been present.
If directed to do so you should clean all surfaces with a detergent and water solution first and leave to dry. Once dry, the surfaces can then be disinfected. It is important to follow this process as disinfectant applied to unclean surfaces may not kill the virus.
For further information regarding cleaning, including recommended products, you should refer to Safe Work Australia.
Whilst it is not always necessary for a business to be closed down due to a positive case, there are a few scenarios which may cause a business to shut down temporarily including:
If your site is required to be shut down, members should refer to HIA’s information sheet Securing a residential building site and building work.
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