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  • Farm

  • Date

  • Prepared by

  • Location


  • Key considerations:
    PHYSICAL | farm & packing shed
    ORGANISATIONAL | managing people
    ADMINISTRATIVE | accessing help & emergency procedures


  • Property signage – alert visitors prior to entry & deter unnecessary callers

  • Handwashing signage – ensure posters are displayed in appropriate areas promoting personal hygiene & how to stop the spread

  • Handwashing facilities - all sites well stocked with soap, paper towels and disposal of water & used towels

  • Hand sanitiser – located where handwashing facilities are not practical including property entrances, vehicles, farm machinery, equipment & packing tables

  • Personal protective equipment (PPE) – adequate supply available (gloves, masks) & used appropriately

  • Review cleaning procedures - particularly important for high risk & high touch areas including shared spaces such as meal rooms, packing sheds, door handles

  • Separate toilet facilities – provide toilet options to separate teams to avoid transmission risk

  • Tools and equipment – provide working teams & individuals their own tools & ensure they are cleaned appropriately after each person’s use

  • Packing shed layout – redesign layout so workers can be 1.5m apart (minimum). If not possible, consider Perspex barriers and/or PPE (face masks)

  • Common areas – remove excess chairs & tables, space furniture apart to encourage staff to meet minimum 1.5m social distancing

  • Work zones – break areas up into zones & limit crossings


  • Current Workforce Assessment – are there employees at higher risk; aged 60+, existing health conditions. Can these employees be reassigned to reduce risk of infection?

  • Temperature checking – all staff checked daily prior to entering the workplace & record maintained of checks

  • Team Management

  • Pre-commencement checklist - including location & travel history & signed self-declaration completed

  • Induction - all staff inducted including basic food safety, personal hygiene & social distance requirements

  • Social isolation compliance – address any 14-day social isolation requirements (interstate movements)

  • Daily staff health assessment – to ensure they are not suffering from fever, fatigue, cough, sneezing, aches & pains, runny or stuffed nose, sore throat, diarrhea, headaches or shortness of breath

  • Staff aware of social distance restrictions – maintaining 1.5m distance, avoiding personal contact, restrict face to face meetings

  • Keep staff informed – regularly updates & remind staff of requirements

  • Record keeping – individual declarations, team make-up, living arrangements (shared house, hostel), team rosters

  • Translation – ensure all resources are understood & translated if required

  • Interstate Workers – check current border controls & isolation requirements at www.berries.net.au/covid-19

  • Workplace policies

  • Fit for work policy

  • Pro-active leave policy (incl. social isolation)

  • Clear method for reporting and addressing personal illness, confirmed COVID-19 cases or close contact (isolation) requirements

  • Control of non-essential workplace visitors

  • Limitation of personal interaction between teams, transportation (truck) drivers

  • Ensure contractors (e.g. logistics, suppliers) are made aware that they cannot bring other visitors with them without approval

  • Cleaning roster – allow additional time & resources for enhanced cleaning prior to shift changes. Maintain detailed records of cleaning activities

  • Work crew and team size – reduce size of teams (to meet 1.5m spacing requirements & social isolation if required)

  • Work schedules and shifts

  • stagger time between shifts to minimise interactions & avoid bottlenecks in meals areas, toilets and car parks

  • stagger break times to manage usage of meal & toilets areas

  • Accommodation

  • decentralise accommodation to separate into smaller teams

  • then keep teams together - the smaller the team, the better

  • minimise the use of shared cooking, laundry & toilet/shower facilities

  • ensure clear communication between your business & shared accommodation (hostel) & encourage teams stay & travel together (where possible)

  • identify alternative accommodation options if staff members are required to self-isolate

  • Transport

  • transport teams together

  • ensure strict vehicle hygiene including adhering to social distance requirements (1.5m)

  • clean vehicles with sanitiser after each use (steering wheels, handles, seat belts)

  • where no specific permits are required, ensure the driver in each vehicle has a letter from the employer stating the business name, address, contact details of employer and that they are travelling to or from work

  • ensure all passengers have required information including permits to travel if travelling between regional areas in WA


  • Help – the business has clearly identified who to contact for advice, what to do in the event of an infected worker & has a documented procedure ready to implement

  • Emergency procedures

  • identify the source & immediately quarantine all the people that have been in close contact

  • approach appropriate health authority based on your state location

  • immediately disinfect all equipment that the entire team was using including any shared facilities such as meal areas & toilets

  • ascertain as many details about the original source person to help authorities with traceability including housing & transport arrangements, recent travel, places visited like shops


  • QLD | covid19.qld.gov.au
    VIC | vic.gov.au/victorias-response-coronavirus
    SA | covid-19.sa.gov.au
    NSW | preview.nsw.gov.au/covid-19
    TAS | coronavirus.tas.gov.au
    WA | wa.gov.au/government/covid-19-coronavirus

    SAFEWORK | safeworkaustralia.gov.au/covid-19-information-workplaces
    FEDERAL GOVERNMENT | health.gov.au/resources/collections/novelcoronavirus-2019-ncov-resources

    BERRIES AUSTRALIA | berries.net.au/covid-19
    FARMHUB | farmhub.org.au


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