Keeping your workplace safe, clean and healthy during COVID-19
Put in place a plan to respond to COVID-19 and to any directives issued by Queensland Health. This should include infection prevention and control policies and procedures, safe systems of work, how workers and their HSRs will be consulted and how you will monitor and update your plan as public health information changes. Consult with workers on the plan and display it clearly in the workplace. Consultation with workers, andwhere applicable their representative, is required at each step of the risk management process.
Implement measures to keep workers safe and stop the spread of COVID-19:
- Work from home where possible.
- Implement and promote high order controls to complement hygiene practices (e.g. social distancing such as work from home where possible, create separate walkways through worksites, limit numbers of people in lunch or crib rooms or install barriers and screens).
- Implement good hygiene practices including hand hygiene and workplace cleaning. Employers must provide sufficient cleaning and disinfection supplies and equipment, or engage a suitable cleaning service.
- Use personal protective equipment (PPE) when necessary and in accordance with the relevant state and national guidelines.
- Consider industry specific advice for higher risk workplaces or industries where the health of workers or people at the workplace are at higher risk (e.g. residential aged care, healthcare and correctional facilities).
- Manage psycho-social risks for workers.
- Communicate, train and supervise workers on workplace measures to address COVID-19.
Report and notify cases of COVID-19.If there is a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19 infection at your workplace, Queensland Health will be notified by the medical professional who confirms the diagnosis and the relevant testing laboratory.
Stage 1 of Queensland’s Road Map for easing of restrictions
For businesses reopening or expanding services in Stage 1 (commencing midnight 15 May 2020), it is important to ensure your actions follow Queensland Health advice. Key documents for review include:
- Queensland Road Map to easing restrictions and COVID-19 Safe Checklists can be found online. There is a specific checklist for dining in such as at Restaurants, Cafes, Pubs, Clubs, RSL clubs and Hotels.
- If you have questions, please review the Q&As This page is updated regularly with new questions and answers and is a good first point of call if you are seeking clarification.
- If you still have questions or wish to understand how the easing of restrictions applies specifically to the operation of your business, you are encouraged to lodge a question via the Queensland Health website. Business operations are most likely to relate to Non-Essential Business, Activity and Undertaking Closure Direction
nbn support now online
Each year, our nbn™ brand ambassadors attend hundreds of events, which allows them to connect with members of the community. These events help to ensure all Australians have the opportunity to learn more about making the most of their nbn™ experience.
As the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold across Australia and throughout the world, nbn has made the decision to temporarily place our face to face community events on hold and make one-on-one sessions available online.
To ensure you can still get your questions answered you can now book a one-on-one session with an nbn representative via video link or phone.
Ray of Sunshine South Burnett
A recently created Facebook page celebrates Sunshine, Hope and Happiness. The theme is yellow so we want people to decorate their homes inside and out. Post pictures, songs or anything to do with Sunshine, Hope and Happiness to the Ray of Sunshine South Burnett.
COVID-19 Industry Support Resources Update
The Department of Innovation and Tourism Industry Development has collated advice from Australian and Queensland Government, updated on 14 April 2020. The COVID-19 Industry Support Resources Update can be viewed online in a simple to navigate newsletter format with multiple links.
Effects of COVID-19 on regional businesses
Is your business being constrained by supply chains? Are you finding it difficult to source stock for business operations? Has the price for stock increased which is causing financial pain? If you answered YES to any of these questions, please send brief outline to Council’s Economic Development Office. Your information will be treated confidentially, informing State and Australian Government initiatives to support ongoing regional business operations.
Council’s Listening Tour 2019
This is your opportunity to share your thoughts and ideas on a range of South Burnett Regional Council projects and activities. Council invites you to join us over the next couple of weeks.
For more information, click here.
HAVE YOU BEEN AFFECTED BY THE DROUGHT?
A Drought Community Outreach: Kingaroy, QLD will be at the Kingaroy Town Hall on Tuesday, 24 September from 10am to 1pm to support farmers, communities and regional businesses…
For further information on assistance available check out this flyer, visit the Australian Government website link http://www.agriculture.gov.au/ag-farm-food/drought or call 0447 901 396.
South Burnett Flavours Food Market
Business South Burnett is coordinating a local food Farmers within the food festivals of the South Burnett. South Burnett Flavors will be launched at Kingaroy BaconFest Sunday, 25 August 2019. If you are a South Burnett based producer of food and would like to have your product exposed to thousands of visitors, please contact Councils Economic Development Officer on 4189 9173 or firstname.lastname@example.org