COVID-19 Policies and Procedures

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Returning to Campus Webinar

Recently the WHS unit presented at an information webinar.

Topic: Returning to Campus

Presented: July 8 2020.

Timeline: 33 minutes

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The WHS Unit is available to answer any further questions staff may have and can be contact via email: safety@jcu.edu.au

Work Health and Safety policies procedures and guidelines  related to COVID-19 are available below.

WHS-PRO-GUI-002n JCU Principles for Operating During COVID-19 Pandemic

Intent

JCU recognises the responsibility to manage our response to the COVID-19 outbreak and to ensure the safety of our staff, students, public and our contractors. JCU has prepared this guideline to assist the University community with determining activities that are essential and the associated government requirements that apply at this point in time. The document will need to be reviewed as government restrictions change over the course of the pandemic. The WHS unit will monitor the Federal and State Government advice and update internal procedures as the requirements change. Queensland Public Health may provide overriding directives, to which JCU will be required to abide.

Definitions

Close Contact: As defined by Queensland Health:

  • Greater than 15 minutes (accumulative over the course of a week) face-to-face contact in any setting with a confirmed case in the period extending from 48 hours before onset of symptoms in the confirmed case; or
  • Sharing of a closed space with a confirmed case for a prolonged period (e.g. more than 2 hours) in the period extending from 48 hours before onset of symptoms in the confirmed case.

Close contact needs to have occurred within the period extending 48 hours before onset of symptoms in the case until the case is classified as no longer infectious by the treating team (usually 48 hours after the resolution of symptoms).

Self Quarantine: As defined by Queensland Health:

Self-quarantine means staying in your home, hotel room or provided accommodation, and not leaving for the period you are required to quarantine. Only people who usually live in the household should be in the home. Do not allow visitors into the home.

Casual Contact: As defined by Healthdirect: A casual contact is someone who has been in the same general area as a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 while infectious:

  • You have had less than 15 minutes face-to-face contact (in any setting) with a confirmed case (including in the 48 hours before their symptoms appeared); *
  • You have shared a closed space with a confirmed case for less than 2 hours (including in the 48 hours before their symptoms appeared).

Social Distancing:

Social distancing includes remaining at least 1.5 metres away from other persons, regular washing of hands and avoiding handshaking.

Procedure

1 Current Legislative Framework

The Chief Health Officer in Queensland issues public health directions that apply to workplaces. These directions form the bulk of the legal requirements that JCU and members of the public must comply with. As such there are sections of the directions that allow the University to operate for essential teaching and business and allow a student or staff member to leave their residence to attend the University for essential study or business that cannot be conducted from home.

Summarised in Table 1 below are the primary requirements for JCU the Entity, Staff and Students to comply with as of the 28th of May 2020.

Please note that the requirements are changing frequently.  As such constant review will need to occur.

Table 1: Public Health Direction Summaries

Home Confinement, Movement and Gathering Direction (No.6) (19/05/2020) (Public Health Act 2005 (Qld) Section 362B

Highlighted SectionJCU Current Interpretation

Essential Activities / Work * Section 6. A person who resides in Queensland must not leave their principal place of residence except for, and only to the extent reasonably necessary to accomplish, the following permitted purposes:

  • e. to perform work or volunteering, or carry out or conduct an essential business, activity or undertaking, and the work, business activity or undertaking to be performed is of a nature that cannot reasonably be performed from the person's principal place of residence;
  • k. to attend a school, university, or other educational institution, to the extent instruction cannot reasonably be obtained in the person’s principal place of residence, but subject to paragraph (ka);
  • ka. from 12.01 am on Monday 11 May 2020 to attend community kindergarten, Prep, Year 1, Year 11 or Year 12 of schooling and from 12.01 am on Monday 25 May 2020 to attend Year 2, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6, Year 7, Year 8, Year 9 or Year 10 of schooling;

A member of staff or a student must only leave their home to conduct essential work or study that cannot reasonably be performed from their home. This is the first question to ask regarding any work or study needs to take place away from the home. ESSENTIAL ACTIVITIES THAT CANNOT BE PERFORMED IN THE PERSON'S PRINCIPAL PLACE OF RESIDENCE:

  • This must be decided on a case by case basis by the Division.
  • Have you considered and exhausted alternative delivery / postponement options?
  • Can you justify why the study / work cannot be conducted via an online platform?
  • If there is doubt, the Dean should be consulted. Examples of acceptable justification: Practicals that involve equipment / substances that can only be accessed at the University (i.e. unsafe to send the equipment / substances to a person's home); Course work is unable to be compliantly delivered using an alternative mode of delivery.

NOTE: Where an essential activity needs to be conducted on campus, social distancing and other COVID-19 controls must be implemented (refer to JCU guidance documents).

Section 15. Social Distancing: A person who is leaving their principal place of residence must practice social distancing while outside their principal place of residence, to the extent reasonably practicable.
Definition of Social distancing - includes remaining at least 1.5 metres away from other persons, regular washing of hands and avoiding handshaking.
Anyone who leaves their home must practice social distancing. This is to stay at least 1.5m from others when reasonably practicable.  

Where it is essential this distance may be reduced. This could apply such as a two person lift, activities such as physiotherapy where the distance cannot be maintained.
Gatherings:
Section 13. Gatherings in non-residences: A person who owns, controls or operates premises, other than a residence, must not organise or allow a gathering to occur on the premises.

Section 24. Gathering does not include a gathering: (k) at a school, university, educational institution or childcare facility, including a family day care service or stand-alone care service, that is necessary for the normal business of the facility.

Section 23. Gathering, subject to paragraph 24, means: a gathering of more than 10 persons in a single undivided outdoor space at the same time; or a gathering of more than 10 persons in a single undivided indoor space at the same time.
Section 24 excludes the University from the gathering rules. This allows, where essential for work or study, groups of people to be at the University.

Non study / work gatherings should not exceed the current government requirements (i.e. 10 persons refer to section 23 in column 1) on any JCU campus. JCU has a legal obligation to prohibit public gatherings that fall outside of the current government requirements to occur on the campus.
Other  
Non-essential business, activity and undertaking Closure Direction (No. 10)This health direction highlights businesses and other activities that must close or the permitted version of the business undertaking under COVID-19 rules. Such as food services or accommodation.

2 JCU Principles for Operating During COVID-19 Pandemic

The attached document provides guidance for categories of business and activities that are conducted by the University including:

  • General Guidance Regarding COVID-19 including essential work and social distancing that needs to be applied to all business activities;
  • The home confinement, movement and gathering directions from Queensland legislation for COVID-19 which is the current law as of the date listed in the document;
  • Categories of activity conducted by the University are listed such as practicals, accommodation, offices and so on;
  • Current guidelines that have been developed by JCU and summary of inclusion in the document for the types of activities where in existence;
  • Control summary which lists the principles to apply if conducting the activity. The most important two aspects being:
    1. Is the teaching or business activity essential to be conducted as it cannot reasonably be conducted at home;
    2. If any activity occurs social distancing including separation by 1.5m is to be applied, except where this is essential and cannot be achieved.

3 Forecast (Recovery)

Currently operations are restricted due to particular requirements below:

  • Only work and study that cannot be conducted at the persons residence is allowed;
  • Social distancing required when conducting essential work or study;
  • Limitations on non-essential gatherings.

There are other requirements that have an effect on our business including travel bans and restrictions, local designated areas, interstate and overseas, which may also impact on students’ ability to engage with on-campus activities in particular. These travel restrictions may also have associated quarantine periods that preclude staff or students to attend on campus activities.

To make any changes to the current model of operation the University sector would need the government to make changes to the above requirements. This may occur in two approaches:

  • Government changes the requirements to allow face to face teaching that can be conducted at home on campus while following social distancing:
  • Example: the guidance changes to allow lecture type classes (i.e. learning / teaching that could have been conducted at home) to commence on campus obeying social distancing. As such we could conduct face to face teaching with social distancing in place.
  • In the future, if management of the pandemic is deemed to be successful by the government, there is potential that restrictions may be lifted on teaching / work that could have been conducted at home, public gatherings and social distancing no longer being required. However this scenario seems unlikely without a treatment or vaccine being available.

The guidance around conducting essential activities in Appendix 1 will most likely apply into the future; however, categories of essential activities or allowed activities may change. As more activities are allowed the principles will be updated.

Unfortunately, the timeline for changes to occur that allow face-to-face lectures and public gathering on campus cannot be predicted.

Schedules/Appendices

Appendix 1 JCU Principles for Operating during Covid-19 Pandemic

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VersionApproval/Implementation DateAuthorDetails
7.028/05/2020 JCU WHS Unit Updated due to release of Home Confinement, Movement and Gathering Direction (no.6) 19/05/2020 Addition of Gathering Definition (section 23) to clarify social gathering requirements. Update to ka. Document Control table added to guideline
   

WHS-PRO-GUI-006h COVID-19 Guideline for Managing Vulnerable Staff Member

Introduction

Queensland Work Health and Safety legislation requires the University (an Employer) to take care of the health, safety and welfare of workers at the workplace (including to and from the workplace). Some people are at greater risk of more serious illness with COVID-19.  The University acknowledges there will be Staff Members who may be classified as a ‘vulnerable person’, and, as such will be following the Australian Government’s advice for managing the risk for staff members who are classified as vulnerable to COVID-19.  The University is also committed to managing the risk for staff members, where possible, who are involved in the care of a person who is classified as vulnerable to COVID-19.

JCU will monitor relevant Health Authority advice and update internal procedures as the requirements change. Currently, the Australian Government advises that Employers should follow the advice of the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee for vulnerable staff members in the workplace.

1 Who is a Vulnerable Staff Member

https://www.health.gov.au/news/australian-health-protection-principal-committee-ahppc-advice-to-national-cabinet-on-30-march-2020

https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/advice-for-people-at-risk-of-coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-people-with-chronic-health-conditions

For the purpose of this guideline, a vulnerable person includes any Staff Member who fits into one or more of the categories identified by the Department of Health.  These categories may increase or vary depending on the latest evidence.  Currently, vulnerable people include the following:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 50 years and older with one or more chronic medical conditions;*
  • People 65 years and older with one or more chronic medical conditions;*
  • People 70 years and older; and
  • People with compromised immune system.**

The Australian Health Protection Principal Committee advice is that there is limited evidence at this time regarding the risk in pregnant women.

Where a Staff Member has self-identified as a vulnerable person due to another medical condition in writing, from their Treating Medical Practitioner (TMP), the University will make appropriate work arrangements, where possible, based on the specific risk in the scenario.

* Chronic conditions that put a person at greater risk

  • chronic renal failure;
  • coronary heart disease
  • congestive cardiac failure;
  • chronic lung disease such as severe asthma, cystic fibrosis, bronchiectasis, suppurative lung disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or chronic emphysema;
  • poorly controlled diabetes;
  • poorly controlled hypertension.

** Compromised immune system

Immune system conditions that put you at greater risk.

You are at increased risk at any age if your immune system is significantly weakened:

  • due to hematologic neoplasms such as leukaemia’s, lymphomas and myelodysplastic syndromes;
  • post-transplant, if you have had a solid organ transplant and are on immunosuppressive therapy;
  • post-transplant, if you have had a haematopoietic stem cell transplant in the last 24 months or are on treatment for graft versus host disease (GVHD);
  • by primary or acquired immunodeficiency including HIV infection;
  • by having chemotherapy or radiotherapy.
  • Medical treatments that put you at greater risk.

You are also at increased risk if you take any biological disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug (bDMARD) or any of the following immunosuppressive drugs:

  • azathioprine, more than 3mg per kg per day;
  • 6-mercaptopurine, more than 1.5mg per kg per day;
  • methotrexate, more than 0.4mg per kg per week;
  • high-dose corticosteroids (20mg or more of prednisone per day or equivalent) for 14 days or more;
  • tacrolimus;
  • cyclosporine;
  • cyclophosphamide;
  • mycophenolat;e
  • any combination of these or other DMARDs.

Disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) are used to treat inflammatory forms of arthritis. They suppress the immune system and this slows the development of the arthritis.

Some DMARDS have a broad effect on the immune system while the biological DMARDS target specific parts of the immune system.

2 Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC)

Where vulnerable staff members undertake essential work, a risk assessment must be undertaken. Risk needs to be assessed and mitigated with consideration of the characteristics of the staff member, the workplace and the work. This includes ensuring vulnerable staff members are redeployed to non-client-facing roles where possible to minimise exposure risk. Where risk cannot be appropriately mitigated, the University will consider alternate arrangements to accommodate the Staff Member’s particular circumstances.

Excluding healthcare settings where appropriate PPE and precautions are adhered to, the AHPPC considers that, given the transmission characteristics of the virus, group residential settings are at higher risk of outbreaks of COVID-19.

AHPPC recommends that special provisions apply to essential staff members who are at higher risk of serious illness and, where the risk cannot be sufficiently mitigated, should not work in high risk setting.

https://www.health.gov.au/news/australian-health-protection-principal-committee-ahppc-advice-to-national-cabinet-on-30-march-2020

3 Risk Assessment

3.1 Consequence

Using the University risk matrix, any risk assessment involving this identified vulnerable group, the potential consequence level is:

  • Catastrophic (fatality)

3.2 Likelihood

The University is unable to influence the potential consequence for this vulnerable group, however there is capacity to reduce the likelihood.

3.3 Risk Assessment Process

To conduct a risk assessment the Supervisor, in consultation with the Vulnerable Staff Member, should:

Step 1: Identify the work areas the staff member will attend and which task the Staff Member is required to complete within each work area;

Step 2: Identify COVID-19 exposure points with each task;

Step 3: Identify control measures (current and additional); and

Step 4: Assess the risk with control measures in place.

A template for conducting this risk assessment can be found in WHS-PRO-TEM-006i COVID-19 Vulnerable Staff Member Risk Assessment Template.  NOTE: If all tasks can be conducted by the Vulnerable Staff Member at his / her home, a risk assessment is not required.

The WHS-PRO-FORM-006j COVID-19 Vulnerable Staff Member Form is required to be completed prior to a vulnerable staff member returning to the workplace. It is recommended that this form is forwarded to their TMP for review and approval.

4 What do we know about exposure to COVID-19

The virus can spread from person to person through:

  • Close contact with an infectious person (including in the 48 hours before they had symptoms);
  • Contact with droplets from an infected person’s cough or sneeze; and
  • Touching objects or surfaces (like doorknobs or tables) that have droplets from an infected person, and then touching your mouth or face.

To reduce the likelihood, we need to reduce the exposure.

We also know that time spent with a positive case increases the risk of exposure.  Therefore, we should consider the Public Health contact tracing criteria to assist with managing the risk:

  • Greater than 15 minutes cumulative over a week, face to face within 1.5m, in any setting; and
  • Greater than 2 hours within the same enclosed space.

Supervisors are to understand that just because there are zero / low numbers of local cases, this does not eliminate the risk.

5 Controls

The following list of controls should be considered when completing the risk assessment:

In order to preference (1 being the preferred control):

  1. Work from home in their own job;
  2. Work from home in an alternative role;
  3. Work at the workplace in a non-client facing role with controls (as listed below);
  4. Work at the workplace in a client-facing role with controls (as listed below).

If the vulnerable Staff Member is required to attend the workplace, the following controls must be implemented.  If these minimum controls cannot be met, the staff member should not attend the workplace:

a.     1.5 metres (social distancing)

  • Maintain 1.5m between people at all time is essential for preventing exposure.  If a vulnerable staff member is required to conduct essential work within 1.5m (e.g. patient treatment), PPE must be worn.  Note: ensure that the vulnerable staff member understands that this is not intended to discriminate, but is a measure of protection;
  • Reduce working within an enclosed space with other people as much as is reasonably practicable:
    • If work is required within an enclosed space, reduce the time spent in the space as much as is reasonably practicable.  Where possible, reduce that amount of time spent in an enclosed space with others to less than 2 hours;
    • If work is required within an enclosed space, increase the distance between people as much as is reasonably practicable.  Minimum acceptable parameters include 4 meters squared per person and 1.5m between people at all times.

b.     Shared equipment

  • Eliminate or reduce as much as possible sharing of equipment.  If shared equipment is required, determine cleaning and disinfecting regime for the item.

c.     Cleaning

  • Increase cleaning and disinfecting regime to meet as a minimum SafeWork Australia guidelines.  Keep records of cleaning;
  • Provide cleaning and disinfecting equipment to the vulnerable staff member.

d.     Personal hygiene and responsibility

  • Ensure the vulnerable staff member has access to hand washing / hand sanitiser at all times where there is potential exposure;
  • The vulnerable staff member should travel at quiet times and avoid crowds;
  • If the vulnerable staff member sees a crowded space it is their responsibility to not enter.

e.     Training

  • Provide awareness training to the vulnerable staff member on control measures;
  • Provide competence training to the vulnerable staff member if they are required to wear PPE as part of the identified control measures.

f.     PPE

  • Conduct fit checking of PPE where required e.g. P2 masks.

g.   Workers / Students

  • Develop strategies to prevent ill workers / students / member of the public from entering the vulnerable workers physical work area.  This may include signage at the front of the facility, condition added to student inductions / agreements, actively requesting people with cold / flu symptoms to leave the work space.

6 Risk Assessment Considerations

The following questions should be considered during the risk assessment:

  1. Can the task be conducted from home? (preferred option)
  2. Can the task be postponed?
  3. Can the task be swapped for a lower exposure task with another staff member?
  4. Can the staff member be allocated their own office / room?
  5. Does the staff member need to share any equipment to complete their tasks?
  6. Can shared equipment be cleaned and disinfected prior to use?
  7. Can paper forms be replaced with electronic processes?  No contact processes;
  8. Are staff in the area advised not to attend work if displaying symptoms of cold / flu?
  9. Are the workstations at least 1.5m apart and each person has 4square metres within the shared office?
  10. Can the face to face or on campus component of the task be conducted over a shorter duration of time?
  11. Can the face to face contact be conducted outdoors?
  12. Is the staff member required to travel to and from work on public transport or car pool with a non-household person?
  13. Can a physical barrier be used to ensure the 1.5m distancing and reduce the risk of droplet exposure? (e.g. desk in front of counter, perspex barrier)
  14. Does the staff member have access to handwashing facilities and hand sanitizer at all times?
  15. Are other people accessing the shared spaces using hand sanitizer on entry?
  16. Have staff in the area been provided with awareness training on Covid-19 controls in the area?
  17. Has the vulnerable staff member been provided with awareness training on the Covid-19 controls including (if required) the types of PPE to use and how to safely don and doff PPE?
  18. Do the cleaning protocols meet SafeWork Australia standards?
  19. Does the vulnerable staff member have access to cleaning products to allow additional cleaning of work area?

7 Mental Health Considerations

Vulnerable staff members are expected to have an increased level of stress and anxiety regarding their safe return to the workplace and the risk of contracting Covid-19. Vulnerable staff members must be included in the planning and risk assessment process, and should raise any concerns about returning to the workplace with their supervisor.

Supervisors need to acknowledge and understand the potential magnitude of fear and caution experienced by vulnerable staff members in relation to the virus, and understand that whilst transmission rates are low and risks are being managed in accordance with the government advice, the consequences of contracting the virus for a vulnerable staff member may be catastrophic.

Supervisors are to ensure that the vulnerable staff member, themselves, and any other relevant person has a good understanding of the risk mitigation measures in place to help alleviate anxiety.

The mental health impact of the pandemic is predicted to be widespread, causing increased stress and anxiety in many people for a wide range of reasons. However, mental health conditions or mental health impacts caused by Covid-19 do not fall under the classification of “vulnerable” for the purposes of this procedure. Therefore, those with mental health conditions who are require a supported return to work should be managed independently by the Supervisor, or, if assistance is required under the WHS PRO 006 Health Management Procedure.

Further advice regarding management of the mental health impacts of Covid-19 for your staff can be found in the JCU Principles for Operating During Covid-19 Pandemic.

8 Responsibility of Vulnerable Staff Members

As a worker, vulnerable staff members are responsible for must also take reasonable care of themselves. It is the responsibility of the Vulnerable Staff Member to advise his / her supervisor that he/she is classified vulnerable and to be actively involved in the risk assessment process.  They are also responsible for following any reasonable health and safety instruction from the employer (e.g. risk assessment control measures).

9 Supporting Medical Documentation

If the staff member is required to return to the workplace, they are required to obtain medical approval through the completion of the WHS-PRO-FORM-006j COVID-19 Vulnerable Staff Member Form by their TMP. This is to take place prior to the staff members return to the workplace.  If required, JCU may request supporting medical documentation. WHS-PRO-FORM-006k Medical Confirmation of COVID-19 Definition for Vulnerable Person is available for those requiring confirmation that their staff member meets the criteria of a vulnerable person.

10 What if risk controls are not reasonable (justifiable)

If the risks to vulnerable staff member’s health and safety at the workplace cannot be effectively managed, then alternative arrangements need to be investigated.  This process must be conducted in consultation with Human Resources and the Vulnerable Staff Member.

11 Record keeping

Records are to be managed in a confidential file by the Supervisor.  Records are to be kept for 80 years in accordance with the General Retention and Disposal Schedule (Public Records Act 2002 s26).  Records should be confidentially stored in the University record management system.

Schedule / Appendices

WHS-PRO-TEM-006i COVID-19 Vulnerable Staff Member Risk Assessment Template

WHS-PRO-FORM-006j COVID-19 Vulnerable Staff Member Form

WHS-PRO-FORM-006k Medical Confirmation of COVID-19 Definition for Vulnerable Person

Document Control

VersionDate Approved/ImplementedAuthorDetails
20-106/02/2020JCU WHS UnitGuideline established
20-216/6/2020JCU WHS UnitAddition of WHS-PRO-FORM-006k to Section 9 and Schedule/Appendices

WHS-PRO-GUI-002k COVID-19 Guidelines for Practicals

Introduction

JCU is responsible for managing the safety of our staff, students and the public when conducting University practicals in relation to COVID-19. JCU will monitor federal and state government advice and update internal procedures as the requirements change. The following aspects must be considered in planning practicals. If the conditions below cannot be met then the practical should be postponed.

1 Health Direction Queensland Government

The Chief Health Officer in Queensland issues public health directions that apply to workplaces. These directions form the bulk of the legal requirements that JCU and members of the public must comply with.  As such, there are sections of the directions that allow the University to operate for teaching and business.

Summarised in Table 1 below are the primary requirements for JCU the Entity, Staff and Students to comply with as of the 2 June 2020.

Please note that the requirements are changing frequently. As such, constant review will need to occur

Table 1: Relevant Public Health Direction Summaries

Movement and Gathering Direction (01/06/2020) (Public Health Act 2005 (Qld) Section 362B)

Highlighted Section:

JCU Current Interpretation:

Section 13:

A person who is leaving their principal place of residence must practice social distancing while outside their principal place of residence, to the extent reasonably practicable.

Activities at the University are to practice social distancing at all times reasonably practicable.

To return to the University the activity must be approved.  This is to ensure:

  • Social distancing will be in   place
  • Roll of attendees are in place   (both teaching and business activities)
  • Appropriate precautions are   taken during the activity (cleaning equipment, cleaning between use)
  • Buildings can be opened and   ready for occupancy

Social Distancing:

Section 28.  Definition of Social distancing - includes remaining at least 1.5 metres away from other persons, regular washing of hands and avoiding handshaking.

Anyone who leaves their home must practice social distancing.  This is to stay at least 1.5m from others when reasonably practicable.

Where it is essential this distance may be reduced. This could apply such as a two-person lift, activities such as physiotherapy where the distance cannot be maintained.

Gatherings:

Section 18. Gathering does not include a gathering: (k) at a school, university, educational institution or childcare facility, including a family day care service or stand-alone care service, that is necessary for the normal business of the facility.

Section 17.  Gathering, subject to paragraph 18, means:

  • a gathering of more than 20   persons in a single undivided outdoor space at the same time; or
  • a gathering of more than 20   persons in a single undivided indoor space at the same time.

Section 11. Gatherings in non-residences: A person who owns, controls or operates premises, other than a residence, must not organise or allow a gathering to occur on the premises.

Section 18, (k) excludes the University from the gathering rules.  This allows where essential for work or study groups of people to be at the University.

Non study / work gatherings should not exceed the current government requirements 20 persons

JCU has a legal obligation to prohibit public gatherings that fall outside of the current government requirements to occur on the campus.

Note: large gatherings for business or teaching activity will be limited by the ability to allow for social distancing and approval to use the University facilities.

2 Close Contact

The close contact information is used for contact tracing. This is not a legal requirement only guidance that could assist in limiting the number of staff or students that could be deemed as close contacts.

Anyone deemed to be a close contact to a positive COVID-19 case will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days.

The criteria from Queensland Public Health is:

  • Greater than 15 minutes cumulative over a week, face to face within 1.5m, in any setting;
  • Greater than 2 hours within the same enclosed space.

As such, we wish to adhere to keeping contact below these thresholds, to the extent reasonably practicable, to:

  • minimise the potential for transmission to staff or students of COVID-19 if an attendee has the virus;
  • reduce any potential for large numbers of staff or students to be deemed as close contacts resulting in selfquarantine for the applicable 14 days.

All practicals will require the ability to produce information to allow contact tracing if required. This would include:

  • A role for all students in each practical;
    • Including staff and faculty at each practical;
    • Include physical locations (building, room numbers) to allow determination of areas that were accessed.

3 Sick Students / Staff

If any student or staff member is sick, they must stay at home and not attend the practical.

The person in control of the practical should encourage students to advise if they are ‘at risk’ (definition below). The ‘at risk’ person should provide the person in control of the practical with the advice from their treating medical practitioner. Specific controls will be determined on a case-by-case basis (e.g. participating via Zoom and assessing the person remotely, postponing the practical, etc.).

3.1 Definition of ‘At Risk’

For the purpose of this document, the term ‘at risk’ will be used for people who are more at risk of serious illness if they get COVID-19. These people include:

  • people aged 70 years and over;
    • people aged 65 years and over with chronic medical conditions;
    • people with compromised immune systems; and
    • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 50 years and over.

4 Social Distancing

Physical distancing must be maintained at all times, to the extent reasonably practicable:

  • Keep 1.5 metres away from others. Clearly mark student work spaces;
  • Avoid physical contact with any other person during the practical (see close contact definition);
  • 4 square metre per person in a laboratory (indoors where practical);
  • Practicals within an enclosed space where possible may be limited to less than 2 hours per practical (see close contact definition); and
  • Provide each student with their own materials for the practical (if this is not possible, refer to section 7. Shared Equipment);
  • Where it is essential that people are closer than 1.5m. Only conduct this for the time required. Keep all others at >1.5m at all other times:
    • Where possible team up students to keep the same close contact for essential skills.

5 Handwashing and Hygiene

All staff and students should wash their hands with soap and water or >60% alcohol-based sanitiser:

  • Prior to entry into the laboratory;
  • After touching their face / coughing / sneezing;
  • After removal of PPE; and
  • On completion of the laboratory work

Students should be encouraged to cover coughs / sneezes, dispose of tissue immediately, and wash hands immediately. Each laboratory must have access to:

  • Handwashing facilities with soap and paper towel or hand sanitiser (such as >60% alcohol); and
  • Techniques – poster attached.

6 Laboratory Environment

  • Prop the laboratory door open at the start and end of classes to reduce the number of people touching the door; and
  • Clean and disinfect frequently used surfaces and objects such as doorknobs, taps, light switches, bench tops, chairs between classes.

NOTE: Detergents and other cleaning products are intended for physical removal of dirt, oil and other substances. Either clean with a detergent first then disinfect, or use a product that both cleans and disinfects at once.

Acceptable disinfectants include:

  • Alcohol solutions at >60% (such as ethanol) e.g. methylated spirits; or
  • Products marked as disinfectant.

7 Shared Equipment

Minimise the use of shared equipment. Avoid sharing pens, paper, keyboards or phones.

Ensure shared or communal equipment is decontaminated/ cleaned thoroughly between users (use 60% ethanol spray or bactericidal wipes impregnated with at least 60% ethanol to clean equipment).

8 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Continue to use any personal protective equipment required for the task and/or as instructed. Reusable PPE e.g. laboratory coats / safety glasses must not be reused until cleaned / laundered.

Acceptable laundering practices include:

  • Do not shake items prior to wash;
  • Do not wash laboratory items with other items;
  • Follow manufacturer’s instructions for detergent (e.g. correct concentration);
  • Dry laundry in clothes dryer; and
  • Ensure person conducting laundry wears gloves (and apron if heavily soiled).

Cleaning of other reusable PPE (e.g. safety glasses): *

  • Wash thoroughly with detergent followed by disinfectant between users (use 60% ethanol spray or bactericidal wipes impregnated with at least 60% ethanol to disinfect equipment).

It is not recommend to use PPE such as P2 respirators purely due to COVID-19 if there is not an existing requirement due to existing risk in the practical. PPE should only be used where there is an actual risk. We do not wish to contribute to the shortage of PPE in Australia due to use when not essential.

9 Practical Pre-Briefing

Additional COVID-19 advice to be discussed with students prior to practical:

  • Social distancing requirements apply on campus outside of classes. Do not cluster when meeting fellow students outside of classes (maximum of 2 students in a gathering) and ensure the 1.5m social distancing requirement is maintained pre and post classes;
  • In some class situations, you will be required to be within 1.5m of another student, this is being done in compliance with legislation and with appropriate precautions being taken;
  • Symptoms and signs of COVID-19 (student responsibility to not attend practical if they are unwell);
  • Personal hygiene, particularly hand hygiene, sneeze and cough etiquette;
  • Appropriate use of PPE such as gloves, gowns, eye protection and masks, including how to don and doff PPE correctly;
  • Physical distancing rules;
  • Modifications to practical due to the COVID-19;
  • Student and staff wellbeing.

10 Approval

Teaching - The Provost remains the approval authority for any request to undertake any face-to-face teaching activity between now and SP2.

11 Schedules/Appendices

Appendix 1 - How to Handwash

Appendix 2 - How to Handrub

12 Document Control

VersionApproval/Implementation DateAuthorDetails
8.002/06/2020JCU WHS Unit 

Updates relating to movement and gathering direction issued on the 01/06/2020

Includes repeal of stay at home order, clarification regarding gatherings and business requirements

7.028/05/2020JCU WHS Unit

Updated due to release of Home Confinement, Movement and Gathering Direction (no.6) 19/05/2020

Addition of Gathering Definition (section 23) to clarify social gathering requirements.

Update to ka.

Document Control table added to guideline.

WHS-PRO-GUI-002I COVID-19 Field Trip Guideline

Introduction

JCU is responsible for managing the safety of our staff, students and the public when conducting University field trips in relation to COVID-19.

JCU will monitor federal and state government advice and update internal procedures as the requirements change.

The following conditions should be considered for planning fieldtrips, if these conditions cannot be met postponing the field trip should be considered.

1 Health Direction Qld Government:

The Chief Health Officer in Queensland issues public health directions that apply to workplaces.  These directions form the bulk of the legal requirements that JCU and members of the public must comply with.  As such, there are sections of the directions that allow the University to operate for instruction and business.

Summarised in Table 1 below are the primary requirements for JCU the Entity, Staff and Students to comply with as of the 2nd of June 2020.

Please note that the requirements are changing frequently.  As such constant review will need to occur.

Table 1: Relevant Public Health Direction Summaries

Social Distancing & Gatherings

Movement and Gathering Direction (No. 1) (01/06/2020) (Public Health Act 2005 (Qld) Section 362B

Highlighted Section:

JCU Current Interpretation:

Section 13.  Social Distancing:  A person who is leaving their principal place of residence must practice social distancing while outside their principal place of residence, to the extent reasonably practicable.

Definition of Social distancing - includes remaining at least 1.5 metres away from other persons, regular washing of hands and avoiding handshaking.

Activities at the University are to practice social distancing at all times reasonably practicable. This is to stay at least 1.5m from others when reasonably practicable.

To return to the University the activity must be approved.  This is to ensure:

  • Social distancing will be in   place
  • Rolls of attendees are in place   (both teaching and business activities)
  • Appropriate precautions are   taken during the activity (cleaning equipment, cleaning between use)
  • Buildings can be opened and   ready for occupancy

Where it is essential, social distancing may be reduced.  Examples of essential activities that would require people to be within 1.5m of each other include activities that involve a two person lift, activities such as physiotherapy on a client where the distance cannot be maintained.

Gatherings of up to 20 persons in non-residences:

Section 11. A person who owns, controls or operates premises, other than a residence, must not organise or allow a gathering to occur on the premises.  (Gatherings currently = up to 20 persons in non-residences)

Section 18k. Gathering does not include a gathering: (k) at a school, university, educational institution or childcare facility, including a family day care service or stand-alone care service, that is necessary for the normal business of the facility.

Section 17. Gathering, subject to paragraph 18, means:

  • a gathering of more than 20 persons in a   single undivided outdoor space at the same time; or
  • a gathering of more than 20 persons in a   single undivided indoor space at the same time.

Non study / work gatherings should not exceed the current government requirements (i.e. 20 persons per group in an undivided space refer to section 17 in column 1).

JCU has a legal obligation to prohibit public gatherings that fall outside of the current government requirements on JCU premises.

University work or study groups of people are not required to follow the gathering requirements while performing normal work/study. Section 18 excludes the University from the gathering rules.

Travelling Interstate

Border Restrictions Direction (No.5) (01/05/2020) (Public Health Act 2005 (Qld) Section 362B)

This notice provides direction to all travellers to Qld including returning residents and workers.

Australians must avoid all non-essential domestic travel.

Direction notice ‘Border Restrictions Direction (No. 5) should be read and understood by the Field Trip Leader prior to leaving Qld for a Field Trip.  This direction notice details entry requirements for returning to Qld.

The Field Trip Leader is required to follow the State Government requirements of the interstate destination. Some states require travellers to complete an exemption application to cross the border.  For further information can be found at: https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-travellers

All Interstate field trips must be approved by the

Travelling Within Queensland

Designated Areas

Biosecurity (Human Biosecurity Emergency) (Human Coronavirus with Pandemic Potential) (Emergency Requirements for Remote Communities) Determination 2020 (24/04/2020) (Biosecurity Act 2015 s.477(1))

The Biosecurity legislation provides direction on domestic travel within Queensland to Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander communities.  These communities are named ‘designated areas’ in the legislation.

Biosecurity Act:

Biosecurity (Human Biosecurity Emergency) (Human Coronavirus with Pandemic Potential) (Emergency Requirements for Remote Communities) Determination 2020

This determination covers remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities (‘designated areas’) in Queensland.

As at 2nd June 2020, the Queensland designated areas named in the determination include:

Burke, Doomadgee, Cherbourg, Mornington, Palm Island, Woorabinda, Yarrabah, Aurukun, Cook, Hope Vale, Kowanyama, Lockhart River, Mapoon, Napranum, Northern Peninsula Area, Pormpuraaw, Torres Strait Island, Torres, Wujal Wujal; and the areas excluded from the Cook local government area under the agreement made under the Commonwealth Aluminium Corporation Pty. Limited Agreement Act 1957 (Qld).

Research work being conducted within Queensland ‘designated areas’ are required to have approval from the Dean and entry to these areas must be conducted in accordance with the government requirements.

Government requirements:

People providing essential services can enter the restricted areas as long as they have an approved ‘human biosecurity management plan’, and they have shown no signs or symptoms of COVID-19 or been outside of Australia in the 14 days before entry.

Essential workers can also apply for a Remote Communities Pass. This is designed to make the entry process easier. You can present your pass on your smart phone or as a printed hard-copy at police check points.

Visit www.qld.gov.au/border-pass to apply. Select ‘Travelling to or through remote communities’ and complete the form.

The Generic Biosecurity Plan (PDF, 130 KB) has been endorsed by the Chief Human Biosecurity Officer of Queensland.

Any service delivery organisations adopting this plan will be considered to have met the requirement to have a human biosecurity management plan in place.

To use it, complete the form including dates and signatures, and carry a copy with you when you go to the restricted communities. You will need to produce it to enter the community, and on request while working there.

2 Close Contact

The close contact information is used for contact tracing. This is not a legal requirement, it is guidance that could assist in limiting the number of staff or students that could be deemed as close contacts.

Anyone deemed to be a close contact to a positive COVID-19 case will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days.

The criteria from Qld Public health is:

  • Greater than 15 minutes cumulative over a week, face to face within 1.5m, in any setting;
  • Greater than 2 hours within the same enclosed space.

As such we wish to adhere to keeping contact below these thresholds, to the extent reasonably practicable, to:

  • minimise the potential for transmission to staff or students of COVID-19 if an attendee has the virus;
  • reduce any potential for large numbers of staff or students to be deemed as close contacts resulting in self-quarantine for the applicable 14 days.

3 Should the field trip progress?

The following questions should be considered to determine if the field trip is able to be conducted safely and in accordance with Queensland Health and the Australian Government advice:

A

Does the trip involve interstate travel? Refer to table 1

B

Does the trip involve travel to a ‘designated area’? Refer to table 1

C

Does the trip involve travel to a ‘hot spot’? Refer to https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/current-status/hotspots-covid-19

D

Can the projects be suspended or disrupted if the advice from the Government changes?

E

Can the trip be postponed?

F

Have all participants been advised that they must stay at home if they are sick, or are directed self-quarantine by QLD Public Health.

G

Can COVID-19 advice and infection control principles be met at all times during the trip?

  • Social distancing (refer to section 3.1)
  • Infection control (refer to section 3.2)

H

Does the trip involve periods of ‘close contact’ (refer to section 2) with other participants?

I

Is there a plan in place to manage a person who becomes ill during the trip (refer to section 3.3)?

J

Have all participants been encouraged to advise the Field trip leader if they are ‘at risk’ (refer to section 3.4).  The ‘at risk’ person should provide the Field Trip Leader with the advice from their treating medical practitioner. Specific controls will be determined on a case by case basis.

K

Ensure all participants receive additional COVID-19 information as part of the pre-trip safety briefing (refer to section 3.5)

3.1 Social distancing advice

All participants on field trips are required to meet the social distancing requirements issued by the Australian Government and Qld Health.

The current social distancing requirements are:

  • Keep 1.5 metres away to the extent reasonably practicable;
  • Regular washing of hands and avoiding handshaking;
  • Avoid shaking hands, kissing or hugging others;;
  • Essential gatherings specific to JCU work must apply social distancing to the extent reasonably practicable;
  • Any gathering of a social nature must follow the current government gathering rules;
  • 4 square metre per person in an indoor space to the extent reasonably practicable;
  • Outdoor - Keep 1.5m distancing between people to the extent reasonably practicable
  • Practicing social distancing can help protect the people in our community who are most at risk.

3.2 Infection Control

3.2.1 Shared equipment

  • Do not share belongings such as keyboards, pens and phones;
  • Ensure shared or communal equipment is cleaned and disinfected thoroughly between users (use 60% ethanol spray or bactericidal wipes impregnated with at least 60% ethanol to clean equipment).

3.2.2 Handwashing requirements

  • Access to handwashing facilities with soap and paper towel or hand sanitiser;
  • Techniques – Posters attached.

3.2.3 Cleaning and disinfecting

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces such as doorknob;
  • Clean and disinfect frequently used objects such as mobile phones, keys and wallets;
  • Increase the amount of fresh air available by opening windows or adjusting air conditioning.

Detergents and other cleaning products are intended for physical removal of dirt, oil and other substances.

Products that are identified (e.g. on the label) as a disinfectant are used to disinfect surfaces.  Either clean with a detergent first then disinfect, or use a product that both cleans and disinfects at once.

Acceptable disinfectants include:

  • Alcohol solutions at >60% (such as ethanol) e.g., methylated spirits;
  • Products marked as disinfectant.

3.2.4 Accommodation

  • Single room with ensuite where possible;
  • No sharing of food or drinks between participants.

3.2.5 Vehicles considerations

  • Social distancing (1.5m) must be practiced to the extent reasonably practicable;
  • Contact tracing requirements should be considered when planning vehicle type and configuration;
  • Consequences of not considering contact tracing requirements:
    • If one of the members of the team tests positive to COVID-19, any person who was in an enclosed space for longer than 2 hours;
    • or any person who was within 1.5m of ill person for longer than 15 minutes, in the period extending from 48 hours before onset of symptoms, will be required to ‘self-quarantine’ for 14 days;
    • Depending on the situation and advice from public health, the people involved may not be able to return to their home base.

3.3 What to do if a participant becomes unwell (COVID-19 symptoms) during the trip?

If a person who is sick needs to be transported from their accommodation or a medical facility, the following options should be considered:

  • Contact emergency services or local medical centre for transport advice;
  • Self-transport with no other person in the vehicle is the preferred option (but only if the person is well enough).  Note – a person presenting with flu-like symptoms that may include fever should not drive themselves;
  • Last resort: Another person may transport the patient.  In this instance, the person who is transporting the patient should wear full PPE (surgical mask, protective eyewear and gloves) and decontaminate the vehicle post-transport in accordance with the guidelines for ‘terminal clean’. The patient must also wear a surgical-mask during transportation.  In this instance, the person who is transporting the patient should prepare to self-quarantine for the recommended period (currently 14 days) while they confirm whether or not they will develop symptoms.

Before any patient with flu-like symptoms is transported, contact should first be made with the destination (prior to departure) to advise them of the intended transportation, and to confirm any instructions for how the patient should be managed upon arrival.

Report to WHS unit if the person is advised to self-quarantine or tests positive.

3.4 At Risk

For the purpose of this document, the term ‘at risk’ will be used for people who are more at risk of serious illness if they get the virus.  These people include:

  • people aged 70 years and over;
  • people aged 65 years and over with chronic medical conditions;
  • people with compromised immune systems; and
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 50 years and over.

3.5 Participant briefing:

Additional COVID-19 advice for field trips participants to discuss prior to the trip:

  • Symptoms and signs of COVID-19;
  • Personal hygiene, particularly hand hygiene, sneeze and cough etiquette;
  • Appropriate use of PPE such as gloves, gowns, eye protection and masks, including how to don and doff PPE correctly;
  • Actions on experiencing symptoms of COVID-19; and
  • Student and staff wellbeing support.

4 Approval

Field trips are required to approved by the Deans/Directors. In this interim period, any access to a research field station will be considered a field trip, and risk mitigation will need to meet their specific distancing or other safety measures.

5 Schedules/Appendices

Appendix 1 - How to Handwash

Appendix 2 - How to Handrub

5 Document Control

Version

Approval/Implementation Date

Author 

Details

5.0

02/06/2020

JCU WHS Unit

Updated due to the release of the Movement and Gathering Direction (no.1) 01/06/2020.

Added approval section 4.

4.0

28/05/2020

WHS Unit

JCU WHS Unit

Updated due to release of Home Confinement, Movement and Gathering Direction (no.6) 19/05/2020

Addition of Gathering Definition (section 23) to clarify social gathering requirements.

Update to ka.

Document Control table added to guideline.

   

WHS-PRO-Gui_002m COVID-19

Safe Use of Personal Protective Equipment Guideline

Introduction

JCU is responsible for managing the safety of our staff, students and the public when using personal protective equipment (PPE) as a control measure for Covid-19.

JCU recognises that PPE is in short supply and PPE must be used in the correct way and for the correct tasks.  JCU needs to ensure PPE will be available to be used by those who require it.  Unnecessary use of PPE should be avoided.

1 Types of PPE and when to use them

Surgical masks and respirators are not required as a general precaution for daily activities.  This PPE is to be worn when there is a specific potential for exposure, see Table 1: Types of PPE.

The risk of spreading COVID-19 virus occurs when:

  • Contact is made with respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes; or
  • The infected person touches a surface or object and leaving droplet material behind.

The controls to avoid the spread of COVID 19 include:

  • Practicing good hand hygiene;
  • Environmental cleaning (door handles, hand rails and other commonly touched surfaces) at least daily;
  • Isolation of infected or suspected case; and
  • Use of PPE when there is a risk of exposure.

At no time should cleaning staff enter a room occupied by a person with suspected / potential COVID-19. These spaces will be cleaned by the person occupying the space.

Aerosol generating procedures of a medical nature are not covered in this guideline.

Table 1 below provides a guide for the types of PPE that may be used and when this should be considered.

Table 1: Types of PPE

Type of Personal Protective EquipmentWhen to Use
Disposable gloves
  • When in direct contact or closer than 1.5m to a suspected (symptomatic) or confirmed case– this includes during transport;
  • Cleaning of common areas used by suspected / confirmed COVID19 cases;
  • Entering a room occupied by a confirmed case (this should be avoided);
  • Entering a room occupied by a symptomatic potential case;

Terminal clean (cleaning a room once a confirmed case has left the room).

Disposable plastic apron/gown (fluid resistant)
  • When in direct contact or closer than 1.5m to a suspected (symptomatic) or confirmed case  – this includes during transport;
  • Cleaning of common areas used by suspected / confirmed COVID19 cases;

Laundering of clothing or linen.

Coverall (full body and fluid resistant)
  • Potentially worn during terminal clean;
  • Entering a room occupied by a confirmed case.
Eye protection (this may include reusable safety goggles, single use face shields or reusable frames fitted with single use lenses. Reusable eye protection should be cleaned and disinfected after use)
  • When   in direct contact or closer than 1.5m to a suspected (symptomatic) or   confirmed case  – this includes during   transport;
  • Cleaning   of common areas used by suspected / confirmed COVID19 cases;
  • Entering   a room occupied by a confirmed case;
  • Entering   a room occupied by a symptomatic potential case;
  • Terminal   clean.
Surgical masks
  • When in direct contact or closer than 1.5m to a suspected (symptomatic) or confirmed case – this includes during transport;
  • People entering the room and the person with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 should wear a surgical mask if the person with COVID-19 remains in the room;
  • Suspected / confirmed COVID-19 cases should wear a surgical mask when leaving their isolation area;

During transport of a person with suspected / confirmed COVID-19 a surgical mask should be used by all persons in the vehicle (including the driver).

P2/N95 Mask (fit tested)
  • When suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases with severe symptoms suggestive of pneumonia (e.g. fever, difficulty breathing, or frequent, severe or productive coughing);
  • Required for aerosol generating procedures conducted by health care professionals.  These masks are in short supply and should not be used for other activities;
  • Potentially used during terminal clean;

Vehicle drivers must wear a P2/N95 mask during transport of a person with suspected / confirmed COVID-19 where the person is displaying sustained sneezing / coughing (droplet producing symptoms).  The ill person should wear a surgical mask (P2/N95 mask is not required for the ill person).

2 Correct Process for Fitting PPE

People should use the following process to safely put on the recommended personal protective equipment before entering the potentially contaminated area:

  1. Clean your hands. This can be done with both liquid soap and running water or >60% alcohol- based hand sanitiser;
  2. Put on a disposable apron. Fasten the back of the apron at the neck and waist;
  3. Surgical mask (if required):
    • Follow the manufactures instructions for fitting the mask, a general guide is provided in Figure 1 below;
    • Do not touch the inside of the mask;
    • Do not refit during the period of use;
    • Fit your own mask.
  4. P2/N95 disposable respirator (if required due to risk of aerosol, highly symptomatic person):
    • Follow the manufactures instructions for fitting the mask:
      • There will most likely be a nose piece (wire or plastic) that must be moulded to your nose to provide adequate fit;
    • Do not touch the inside of the mask;
    • Do not refit during the period of use;
    • Fit your own mask;
    • The individual should have had a fit test with the particular brand and size of the respirator;
  5. If the person with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 is in the area.  They should also wear a surgical mask. Secure the ties of the mask at the middle of the head and neck. Fit the flexible band to nose bridge and ensure mask is fitted snug to face and below the chin. Do not touch or adjust the mask until you are ready to remove the mask;
  6. Put on protective eyewear to protect your eyes from the cleaning fluids;
  7. Put on disposable latex or vinyl gloves, see Figure 2.

The purpose of personal protective equipment is to reduce the risk of direct contact with contaminated surfaces.

3 Correct process for Removing PPE

People should use the following process to safely remove personal protective equipment:

  1. Remove and dispose of gloves. The outside of gloves is potentially contaminated. Remove gloves being careful not to contaminate bare hands during glove removal (see Figure 2);
  2. Clean your hands. This can be done with both liquid soap and running water or >60% alcohol-based hand rub;
  3. Remove and dispose of apron. The apron front maybe contaminated. Untie or break fasteners and pull apron away from body, touching the inside of the apron only;
  4. Remove protective eyewear/face shield. The outside of protective eyewear/face shields maybe contaminated. Remove eyewear/face shield by tilting the head forward and lifting the headband or earpieces. Avoid touching the front surface of the eyewear/face shield.  Reusable protective eyewear should be placed into a container and washed in disinfectant and water and allowed to completely air dry;
  5. Remove and dispose of surgical mask or P2/N95 respirator if worn. Do not touch the front of the surgical mask or respirator. Remove by holding the elastic straps or ties and remove without touching the front;
  6. Clean your hands. This can be done with either liquid soap and running water, or >60% alcohol-based hand rub.

Personal protective equipment can be disposed into general waste.  Do not reuse disposable PPE.

If wearing a mask, it should be either on or off – ensure it always covers both the nose and mouth and do not let it dangle from the neck.

Schedule/Appendices

Figure 1: How to fit and remove a surgical mask

Figure 2 How to fit and remove protective gloves

https://www.health.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0038/939656/qh-covid-19-Infection-control-guidelines.pdf

https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/industry/resources-and-fact-sheets-for-industry/covid-19-cleaning-and-disinfection-recommendations

Document Control

VersionDate Implemented/ApprovedAuthorDetails
2.018/05/2020JCU WHS Unit

Updated

   

For more information visit 20APS-IS-COVID-19-P1.pdf