Are you taking the necessary steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on your piggery?
Are there posters on site reminding staff to keep 1.5 metres apart? This is about 2 adult arm-lengths.
Are there signs up outside enclosed spaces like lunchrooms, changerooms, and farm and maintenance offices displaying the maximum occupancy of these areas?
There should be a minimum space of 4m2 per person.
Have you taken steps to reduce or remove close contact between staff?
This may include changing the way you manage and conduct activities like weaning, vaccinating, mating, heat detection, etc.
Have start, break, and finish times been staggered or changed across staff teams to reduce the number of people in the workplace at any given time?
Have desks, chairs, and benches in communal and office spaces been removed or shifted to ensure there is appropriate space between them?
You may consider marking the floor to show where chairs should go, and marking sitting spaces on long benches.
Where close contact between staff members cannot be avoided, is it being recorded, and is it being kept to less than 15 minutes?
Have you got hand sanitiser, soap/handwash, paper towel, and other cleaning products (like detergent and disinfectant) available to staff?
Have you placed posters with instructions on how to properly wash/clean hands with soap and/or sanistiser?
Have staff been instructed to:
• Minimise touching their faces, eyes, and mouths
• Not shake hands with or hug other staff
• Cough and sneeze into their elbow
• Wash their hands frequentl
Are staff wearing gloves and eye protection when handling and/or unpacking deliveries (semen, drugs, and other farm equipment)?
Is personal property belonging to staff (phones, sunglasses, etc) cleaned with disinfectant upon entry and exit?
Are areas, surfaces, and objects/equipment that are frequently used by staff cleaned daily (or more regularly) with detergent or disinfectant?
These include furniture and applicances like (tables, benches, chairs, light-switches, door handles, fridges, kettles, toasters, microwaves, cutlery, crockery, keyboards, tablets, phones, etc.
These also include rails, gate/door handles, vaccine guns, pregtest probes, feed scoops, semen/drug fridges, etc.
Are staff and/or any cleaning personnel wearing gloves and eye protection while cleaning, and are they washing/cleaning their hands before and after wearning gloves?
Do you have cleaning rosters and/or sign-off sheets in place to ensure staff are clear on their responsibilities and accountable for these tasks?
Are there plenty of rubbish bins with closed lids around?
Have staff been advised to stay home from work if they are feeling unwell or have any COVID-19 symptoms?
Have you encouraged your staff to get a flu vaccine?
While the flu vaccine does not protect you from COVID-19, some of the symptoms af seasonal flu and COVID-19 are similar. Protecting yourself from the flu will minimise the confusion and alarm associated with a misdiagnosis.
Are you restricting visitor and contractor access to the site, or limiting visitor contact with staff if the visit is essential?
Do staff have access to information about
COVID-19? This may include posters with signs and symptoms of COVID-19, or the inclusion of a COVID-19 update in regular toolbox/staff meetings.
Have you got a designated person or people enforcing physical distancing, hygiene and cleaning measures in the piggery and communal areas?