WHAT IS COVID-19?
– Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a contagious respiratory disease.
– Symptoms may include fever, chills, sore throat, runny nose, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell.
– COVID-19 is the most recently discovered Coronavirus and the World Health Organisation declared COVID-19 a pandemic in March 2020.
HOW YOU CATCH COVID-19
The virus can spread from person to person through:
– close contact with an infectious person, including in the 24 hours before they started showing symptoms
– contact with droplets from an infected person’s cough or sneeze
– touching objects or surfaces that have cough or sneeze droplets from an infected person and then touching your mouth or face.
– This means that COVID-19 can spread widely and quickly.
– People can protect themselves from COVID-19 by getting vaccinated.
PRACTICING GOOD HYGIENE
Good hygiene practices mean you should:
- wash your hands regularly for 20 to 30 seconds
- use hand sanitiser with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water is not available
- use soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty
- avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
- when you cough and sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or cough into your elbow
- throw used tissues into a bin immediately and wash your hands.
Hand sanitiser does not replace washing your hands after using the bathroom.
PHYSICAL (SOCIAL) DISTANCING
Physical distancing means separating yourself from other people as much as possible when you are in public places.
It can be very effective in slowing the spread of infectious diseases.
Physical distancing means you should:
- stay home whenever possible
- keep 1.5 metres between yourself and other people
- avoid shaking hands, hugging or kissing other people
- use ‘tap and go’ payments instead of cash
- limit visits to people at risk. Many facilities, including hospitals and aged care, have rules and restrictions about visitors. Please check before you visit
- follow the current restrictions on groups and gatherings
- seek medical attention if you feel unwell and develop any symptoms of COVID-19
Wearing face masks became mandatory in the ACT from 5:00pm Thursday 12 August 2021.
Everyone aged 12 years and over must wear a face mask at all times when leaving home, including in workplaces.
A person is not required to wear a face mask if they have a physical or mental health illness or condition, or disability, which makes wearing a face mask detrimental to their condition.
IF YOU’VE GOT SYMPTOMS
If you have serious symptoms such as difficulty breathing, chest pain or a severe fever, call triple zero (000).
Get tested for COVID-19 if you have any of the following symptoms, no matter how mild:
- A fever of 37.5 degrees or higher, or recent history of fever such as chills or night sweats, OR
- Symptoms of a respiratory infection, such as sore throat, cough, runny or blocked nose, or shortness of breath, OR
- Loss of sense of smell or taste.
To get tested, you can either visit a COVID-19 testing clinic or call your GP for advice.
If you have symptoms of COVID-19 you should not visit your GP without calling ahead.
You don’t need to visit the Emergency Department unless you have severe symptoms.
After being tested for COVID-19, you need to stay at home.
You must not have visitors at your home. Other people in your household may also need to isolate or quarantine depending on why you were tested.
You will usually get your test result in less than 48 hours, and often in less than 24 hours.
If you are not in quarantine, you are free to leave after you receive a negative test result and after your symptoms resolve.
ADDITIONAL SITE RULES
The following additional measures will be implemented upon recommencement of works on site during the ACT Lockdown, with this requirement to be reviewed at a later time
– All non-essential personnel and visitors continue to work from home indefinitely to reduce the exposure on site.
– Key sub-contract trades (eg electricians) will be directed to have a dedicated team for the Milin site and not allow any members of that team to work on other sites whilst that trade team is assigned to Milin sites.
– Where a sub-contractor is required to work on multiple sites due to specialist skills (eg lift technician) their workplace will be isolated from the rest of the site, supervised by the COVID Marshall and no unsupervised use of communal facilities permitted. Communal facilities will then be cleaned after their use and before their next use is allowed.
– No NSW trades (other than approved local regions):
- Milin are able to recommence works without the need for NSW (outside of our region) or Interstate Workers.
- Milin will ensure that all workers on site are authorised to be in the ACT under the current health directions. This will include checking residential addresses or exemptions (if granted by ACT Health).
– Masks will be mandatory for all work on site during the lockdown and daily temperature checks to take place for all workers by their supervisor.
– No carpooling to and from site unless part of same household.
– Staggered entry to site to avoid congregation in the morning.
– Check-in Canberra App to be used for the site AND assigned lunchrooms to ensure tracing can occur if required.
– Lunch and other refreshments to be brought from home and consumed on site to minimise external contact and movement to and from site.
– Dedicated resource (COVID Marshall) to manage and monitor COVID-19 compliance on site.
– Induction/Site Briefing into new COVID-19 Management Plan prior to commencing works.
– All workers to complete declarations to confirm they do not have COVID-19, are not a close contact, casual contact or secondary contact, have no symptoms and have not been interstate within the last 14 days, they are not working across multiple sites and they understand the requirements of the Covid-19 Management Plan for the site.
– Daily work areas assigned per trade to minimise the cross between different trade contractors wherever possible.
– Internal work areas – Implement a 12m2 per person policy for the maximum capacity of building and 1.5m social distancing. Where a two person task is required to be completed, social distancing is to be maintained where possible and this is to occur with the same two people from one company to avoid close contact between individuals.
– External work areas – 1.5m social distancing at all times wherever practical.
– Plant, Equipment and Tools – Plant, equipment and tools are not to be shared between workers. Where required to be shared, this would need to be cleaned between.