SAFETY AWARENESS GUIDE
Aim of Covid-19 Awareness Guide
By the end of this course you will understand:
- What is Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- How to protect yourself from Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- What to do if you suspect you have Coronavirus (COVID-19)
What is COVID-19 and how is it spread
COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called Coronavirus.
You could get the virus if you:
- come into close contact with someone who has the virus and is coughing or sneezing
- touch surfaces that someone who has the virus has coughed or sneezed on and bring your unwashed hands to your face (eyes, nose or mouth)
What are the symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
- Cough – This can be any kind of cough, usually dru but not always
- Fever – High temperature over 38 degrees Celsius
- Shortness of Breath
- Breathing Difficulties
You may display one, some or all of these symptoms.
Note: It can take up to 14 days for symptoms to appear.
How to prevent COVID-19
- Wash your hands often
- Cover mouth if coughing or sneezing
- Avoid touching your face
- Keep surfaces clean
- Stop shaking hands and hugging
- Keep a safe distance (2m recommended)
- What to do if you are at work and suspect you have COVID-19.
Explain to the Manager the symptoms you are experiencing
- avoiding making close contact with people (i.e. do not shake hands);
- keeping a distance of 2 metres (6.5 feet) between you and others.
- avoid touching surfaces and objects
COVID-19 SUSPECTED CASE PROCEDURE
The line Manager will decide on the next appropriate action. This may include –
- isolate the employee by accompanying the individual to a designated isolation area via the isolation route,
- provide additional PPE such as a mask (this must be worn when in contact with others but does not have to be worn if isolating on your own.
- Complete a covid-19 symptoms capture form.
- Establish your movement and interactions with others while on duty
- decide whether it is appropriate for you to be allowed go home or if further medical assistance is required.
Line Managers (Office, Warehouse, Drivers, Garage)
All suspected and confirmed cases will be treated confidentially and sensitively.
Control measures in place – site entrance and reception
- Information -signage and posters
- Control measures in place -office
- Clear screens on office desks
Control measures in place -warehouse – hand wash facility
Control measures in place –segregation –
- Only move in area’s required to complete your work duties.
Control measures in place –canteen
- Avoid large numbers in the canteen at any one time.
- Keep 2 meters apart
- It is recommended to use your own cutlery, cups and plates.
- Clean the area after use.
Control measures in place
Personal Protective Equipment –
- hand sanitiser
Supplies available – ask a line Manager.
How to use face coverings
ALWAYS CLEAN YOUR HANDS BEFORE AND AFTER WEARING A FACE COVERING.
- Medical masks should be reserved for health workers of patients in treatment.
- If you have been advised to wear a medical mask, always have the coloured side showing and the metal band at the top of your nose.
Check your fit
- Check that the face covering is made from a fabric that you are comfortable wearing.
- Check that it is easy to fit and completely cover your nose and mouth, all the way down under your chin.
- Tighten the loops or ties so it’s snug around your face, without gaps. If there are strings, tie them high on top of the head to get a good fit. DO not touch or fidget with the face covering when it is on.
- Wear the face covering below your nose.
- Leave your chin exposed.
- Wear it loosely with gaps on the sides.
- Wear it so that it covers just the tip of your nose.
- Push it under your chin to rest on your neck.
HOW TO USE FACE COVERINGS
- ALWAYS wash your hands before and after handlng your face covering.
- ALWAYS change your face covering if it is dirty, wet or damaged.
- Carry unused face coverings in a sealable clean waterproof bag, for example, a ziplock.
- Carry a second similiar type bag, to put used face coverings in.
- Children UNDER 13 should not wear face coverings.
- ALWAYS wash cloth face coverings on the highest temperature for cloth.
- Use the ties or ear loops to take the face covering off.
- Do not touch the front when you take it off.
Disposing of Single-Use Mask
- Always dispose of single-use masks properly in a bin.
- Don’t forget to clean your hands and keep social distance.
- Risk assessments are available upon request.
- The risk will be assessed on an on-going basis.