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  • Name of Workplace

  • Location
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Workplace Checklist for COVID-19 Preparedness

About the Business

  • Business Name

  • Primary Address

  • City, State, Zip Code

  • Telephone Number

Primary Point of Contact

  • Primary Emergency Contact

  • Telephone Number

  • E-Mail Address

Planning Ahead

  • Nominate a worker or a team of workers to champion safe practices in the workplace and teach their colleagues the proper procedures

  • List here the worker/members of the team

  • Develop a plan to ensure business continuity if there is a newly suspected or confirmed outbreak of COVID-19 in your workplace.

  • Consider what you will do if one of your workers is suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19, including how you will support that worker and what you need to do to ensure the workplace remains safe for<br>other workers.

  • Consider if you have appropriate cleaning products and personal protective equipment available to disinfect your workplace following the outbreak. If you do not, consider options for hiring a cleaning company to do this work.


  • Ensure any areas frequented by workers or others (e.g. visitors to your premises) are cleaned at least daily with detergent or disinfectant.

  • Instruct workers to wear gloves when cleaning and wash their hands thoroughly or with alcohol-based hand sanitiser before and after wearing gloves.

  • Clean frequently touched areas and surfaces several times a day with a detergent or disinfectant solution or wipe. This includes Eftpos equipment, elevator buttons, handrails, tables, counter tops, door knobs, sinks and keyboards.

  • Instruct workers to clean personal property that comes to work, such as, sunglasses, mobile phones and iPads with disinfectant, such as disinfectant wipes.

Handwashing and Hygiene

  • Have hand sanitiser stations at entry and exit points and around the workplace.

  • Ensure bathrooms are well stocked with hand wash and paper towel.

  • Put up posters with instructions on how to hand wash/hand rub.

  • Instruct workers on other ways to limit the spread of germs, including by not touching their face, sneezing into elbow, and staying home if feeling sick

  • Have automatic alerts set up on computer systems to remind workers about washing hands and not touching eyes, nose and face

  • Instruct your workers to limit contact with others– no shaking hands or touching objects unless necessary

  • Increase access to closed bins in your workplace

  • Put up signs to request customers only touch objects they are going to buy.

Physical Distancing

  • Put up posters around the workplace on keeping at least 1.5 metres distance between everyone at the workplace.

  • Erect signs at the entrances to lifts and meeting rooms to ensure the maximum safe capacity is not exceeded.<br>

  • Move work stations, desks and tables in staffrooms further apart to comply with social distancing.

  • If possible, bring in shift arrangements so less staff are in the workplace at once.<br>

  • Instruct workers to have meetings by phone or online instead of in person. If not possible, require they meet in a large space and keep meetings short.

  • Review regular deliveries and request contactless delivery. Check systems for e-invoicing are in place

  • Provide social distancing markers on the floor in areas where customers line up or where workers perform tasks.

  • Nominate a person on the work floor to be responsible for keeping everyone the required 1.5mtr distance apart.<br>

  • Who is this person?

Monitoring Symptoms

  • Put up signs about the symptoms of COVID-19 in the workplace.

  • Direct workers to stay home if they are sick, and if they are displaying symptoms of COVID-19 ask them to call the National Coronavirus hotline (1800 020 080).

  • Instruct workers to tell you if they are displaying symptoms of COVID-19, have been in close contact with a person who has COVID-19 or have been tested<br>for COVID-19.

  • Remind staff of their leave entitlements if they are sick or required to self‑quarantine.

  • Treat personal information about individual workers’ health carefully, in line with privacy laws.

  • Facilitate working from home, if possible, for staff who are required to self-quarantine but are not displaying<br>symptoms of COVID-19.

Working From Home

  • Assess who can do their jobs from home. Give those workers the option to do so.

  • Provide guidance to your workers on how to set up a safe home office environment.

  • Require workers to complete a self‑assessment checklist to ensure they comply with good ergonomic practices

  • Appoint a contact person in your business that workers can talk to about any concerns.

  • Who is this person?

  • Set up ways to communicate with workers online and communicate with them daily.

  • Provide information to workers about the supports available to them, for example through an employee assistance program.


  • Final Notes

  • You may contact the following person with any questions or comments about this plan.

  • Name

  • Contact Number

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