COVID-19 Safe Plan

November 2020

 

Lowe Design & Build will continue with the diligent approach continually taken to minimise the risk of infection at our workplaces.

Since establishing our original COVID-19 Policy, our precautions and protocols have evolved and improved even further and we would like to keep you, our clients, visitors, suppliers and trades, fully up to date with the measures that are now in place.

This 6-point COVIDSafe Plan has been developed to support our business to safely reopen, maintain a COVIDSafe workplace and prepare for a suspected or confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19) in our workplace.

1. Physical distancing

Workers and visitors must remain 1.5 metres apart as much as possible.

  • Signs are posted at the entrance to enclosed rooms to show limits on numbers of people at any one time.
  • Delivery protocols are in place. Signage in place for delivery drivers.
  • All deliveries are taken through the front door only and this remains locked until opened by a staff member.
  • All deliveries are recorded. Contactless delivery protocols are employed wherever possible.

Density quotients are applied to configure shared work areas and publicly accessible spaces.

  • Reconfiguration of workspaces has been implemented to ensure each worker has a minimum of 4 m2 of working space. This includes the construction of two new enclosed workspaces.
  • Monitoring will ensure that there will be no more than one member of the public per four square meters of publicly available space indoors.
  • Furniture in common areas has been rearranged or removed to ensure physical distancing,
  • Seating has been staggered so workers are not facing one another on breaks.

Training of workers on physical distancing expectations while working and socialising has taken place.

  • Appropriate information on the use of face coverings and PPE has been provided.
  • Signage is in place to educate workers on hand and cough hygiene, including how to wash and sanitise their hands correctly
  • Regular reinforcement of the importance of not attending work if unwell is carried out.
  • Workers have been informed about the importance of following current public health directions when carpooling.

2. Wear a face covering

All workers and visitors entering the worksite must wear a face covering as per public health advice.

  • Adequate face coverings are provided to workers and visitors who do not have their own.
  • Reminding workers that a face covering means a fitted face mask, of at least two plies, that covers the nose and mouth to provide the wearer protection against infection, and that face shields on their own do not meet these requirements
  • Training, instruction and guidance on how to correctly fit, use and dispose of PPE is provided.
  • Workers are informed that cloth masks should be washed each day after use, and that if during the day the mask is visibly dirty or wet, the mask needs to be washed immediately.

3. Practice good hygiene

Shared spaces, including high-touch communal items such as door knobs and telephones are frequently and regularly cleaned and disinfected.

  • Surfaces will be cleaned regularly with appropriate cleaning products, including detergent and disinfectant
  • Where possible, high-touch communal items are replaced with single-use or contactless options.
  • Full site cleaning will be carried out twice per week, with more frequent wiping down of high-contact areas and items.
  • A cleaning log is kept for communal areas.
  • Soap and hand sanitiser is available for all workers and customers throughout the worksite and regular handwashing is encouraged.
  • Sharing of equipment such as phones, desks, headsets, tools or other equipment is not permitted.
  • Workers have their own personal equipment, labelled when required with their name.

4. Keep records and act quickly if workers become unwell

A business contingency plan to manage any outbreaks is in place

  • Workers have been made aware that financial support is available to them if they cannot work while they are waiting for test result or are confirmed as a positive case.
  • Records will be kept of all people who enter the workplace for the purposes of contact tracing.
  • All workers and close contacts will be notified by senior management about a positive case in the workplace.
  • The workplace (or part) will undergo a thorough cleaning process in the event of a positive case.
  • The Managing director will immediately notify the DHHS and WorkSafe on 13 23 60 in the event of a positive test result.
  • Any worker with a suspected or confirmed case will not be permitted to return to the work (except from home) until they have had 2 negative tests.
  • The Managing director will notify the DHHS and WorkSafe that the site is reopening.

5. Avoid interactions in enclosed spaces

The amount of time workers are spending in enclosed spaces is minimised where possible.

  • Outdoor environments will be utilised as much as possible, including meetings and breaks.
  • Airflow will be enhanced by opening windows and doors where practical.
  • Fresh air flow in air conditioning systems will be optimised.

6. Create workforce bubbles

This workplace is a single bubble with less than 20 regular workers, but the amount of time workers are spending in enclosed spaces will be minimised where possible.

  • Break times are staggered to reduce use of common areas at the same time.
  • Workers are encouraged to minimise time in shared facilities when taking breaks